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.

Influencers

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…
Amandla Stenberg
Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," actor, feminist, musician and activist Amandla Stenberg is the embodiment of her name. From an early rise to fame at age 12, Amandla’s acting has shared the…
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…
Dutee Chand
India’s first openly gay athlete is running her way into the record books, history books and heart of millions of people around the world. Dutee Chand made waves, headlines and then some in 2019 for her …
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 …
José Andrés
José Andrés was already a world renowned Michelin-starred chef when he decided to step up to the plate and focus his culinary abilities on people in need. A superstar in and out of the kitchen, José is a…
Nadya Okamoto
Nadya Okamoto is #PeriodProud. Launching her global "Menstrual Movement" inspired by her own personal struggles and the feminine hygiene struggles of homeless women, the Harvard student brought significa…
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…
Schuyler Bailar
Watch out! Schuyler Bailar is freestyle swimming down the lane, kickflipping his way towards progress and representation in sports. The NCAA D-1 swimming standout made waves, figuratively and literally, …
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…
Sinéad Burke
Irish influencer Sinéad Burke believes "design should include everyone." The educator, writer, speaker and activist is a globally recognized champion of inclusive fashion. Frustrated by the lack of appar…

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 final deadline FOR voting and entering in the 12th annual shorty awards WAS on thursday, FEB 20TH.