12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Best in Activism

While so many focus on using social media to grow their own brands, the true heroes are the ones using it to affect positive change in the world. From climate change to racism to LGBTQ+ issues and more, these activists are using the connective powers of the web to bring about social justice. Whether they are organizing marches, raising money or on the ground themselves, these people are making the world a better place.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best Social Good Campaign Shorty Award.


Amanda Nguyen
Amanda Nguyen helped provide justice for millions of sexual assault survivors by preserving proof of her own. "I realized that I had a choice. I could accept the injustice or rewrite the law. And so I re…
Bindi & Robert Irwin
Sibling conservationists and TV personalities Bindi and Robert Irwin have had a year of milestones. Children of the late-renowned "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin and co-stars of Crikey! It's the Irwins, t…
Greta Thunberg
17 year old Greta Thunberg has learned the power of using social media to transform her voice into a global movement on her rapid rise to international acclaim through grassroots efforts. Greta’s social …
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi is making an immesurable impact on the world as founder of the organization Stand To End Rape Initiative. Her worked earned her the impressive honor of both Commonwealth Person …
Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier
Conservation photographers and filmmakers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier are changing the world together through their shared lens. The two conservation powerhouses, with over 7M Instagram followe…
Shaymaa Ismaa’eel
Her smile in the face of bigotry was seen and felt around the world. Shaymaa Ismaa’eel became a global icon for combating hatred with love, inspired by her Prophet’s saying, "smile is charity." To combat…


About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

the 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.