13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

Best in Education

This award honors the best use of social media and digital by educational institutions, programs and services. Objectives may include promoting enrollment and school spirit, engaging current students and thought leadership.

See previous winners and honorees here.
#VictoryPages: Social Media History
In Russia, Victory Day is among the most remarkable dates. Almost every family had ancestors who fought in the war. But the younger people are losing connection with this part of history. That's why we decided to give young Russians a chance to express themselves in digital art in the format of social networks. #VictoryPages is the versatile social media…
A Ram's Life Vlog
Jamie Ittershagen stands over her bathroom sink in animal-print pajamas to wash her face, laughing at the clutter of toiletries and makeup scattered on the counter. “Let’s pretend like there’s no mess,” she says. The college student, who is bubblier than the soap she recently purchased on Amazon, has her hair pulled back into a messy ponytail as she expl…
Advocating for Literacy Access in the Fight for Equity and Justice
Former First Lady Barbara Bush chose literacy as her life’s work based on a simple, but powerful belief: “If more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems plaguing our society.” Low literacy is a silent and enduring crisis in our country. Roughly 54% of U.S. adults aged 16-74 lack proficien…
Navigating Financial Aid with @mosdotcom
At Mos.com, our mission is to tear down all financial barriers to opportunity. We're getting started by helping students avoid student debt by giving them access to all of the $135B in government financial aid and thousands of reputable scholarships available each year— billions of which go unused due to the burden of navigating the unnecessarily complicate…
Nestlé Math Moments
South Africa has severe poverty and inequality, consistently ranking lowest in the world in math ability.  Most school children drop from math to math literacy and struggle to pass math at school.Math and problem-solving are key to accessing better paying jobs and participating in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, both of which will help our country shift p…
Talking About Race
The Talking About Race site is an online resource for educators, parents, caregivers and the general public to discuss race and its role in our lives. The Museum’s goal for the site was to help individuals and communities foster constructive conversations about one of the nation’s most challenging topics: racism and its corrosive impact. The site includes t…
Virtual HBCU Homecoming
Some might say COVID-19 caused a triple pandemic across Black America – impacting health, housing, and employment.  But it has also severely impacted 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities that educate more than 228,000 students across America. A core component of HBCUs is undeniably Homecoming. This annual event is a time for students, faculty, a…
Why mispronouncing a name can undermine a student’s identity – and how to help
How does the way a teacher pronounces a student's name impact their education – and why does it matter? In 2020, Qatar Foundation and Vox Creative's Explainer Studio partnered on an Explainer Video to find out. The in-depth Explainer Video that was the result of our explorations and featured remote interviews with students and educators across the world sha…
gOD-Talk 2.0: Digital #BlackFaith
Since 2018, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with the Pew Research Center has sought out to explore the dynamic ways that Black millennials are choosing to engage in organized religion through our web-based series, “gOD-Talk.”…

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

shorty awards finalists will be announced in mid-march!