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. The early deadline is on December 3rd, 2020.

From the 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best in Human Rights

This award honors a program, project or initiative that promotes and protects the rights and freedoms of all individuals and groups. Describe how the work exercises universal respect for the basic rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.

See previous winners and honorees here.


Indigenous women represent only 4% of the female population, yet represent 16% of all female homicides in Canada. The rate of homicide for Indigenous women in Canada is almost seven times higher than other women. Estimates place the number of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and LGBTQQIA individuals in Canada over …
Stand Speak Rise Up!
End rape as a weapon of war. Sexual violence as a weapon of war, submission and terror is an ignominy that is still too often ignored and deliberately concealed. In addition to the violence of rape, which is mostly committed against women, there is also the terror, shame and sometimes, the rejection or abandonment, in particular of children bor…
Love Calls Back
Coming out to family and friends is one of the most nerve-wracking moments in the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Many LGBTQ+ youth feel safer calling. Although some of these calls go well, many people are met with rejection and it can be the last time they every speak to family.   4 out of 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are reject…
Toronto-based apparel brand Peace Collective aims to capture cultural sentiment in the clothing it sells, evidenced by shirts and hoodies with slogans like “Toronto vs. everybody” and “Home is Canada”. The brand is founded on two values: being proudly Canadian and ensuring everything they do, does good for their community. From helping underprivil…
Ghost Fleet
Our feature length documentary film GHOST FLEET follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” me…


Fortify Rights/Doha Debates Rohingya Instagram Fellows
In the world’s largest refugee camp, Doha Debates and human rights organization Fortify Rights are training young Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh—survivors of genocide in Myanmar—on the basics of photography. We equipped three "media fellows" with mobile phones and they are now documenting their lives inside Cox's Bazar refugee camps for an entire year on I…
Give the Gift of Independence/Where Are They Now?
We set out with the intention of growing our follower and donor base by reconnecting people to the heart of our mission. For the last few years, the Foundation has been primarily stagnant, operating in the background and doing great work but not intentionally trying to grow or scale. With new leadership at the helm, we decided to refocus and reinvigorate ou…
When it comes to homelessness, it's not just about circumstances or misfortune. Often it's about the local government's budget distribution that attacks the community's most vulnerable. As of 2016, Washington, DC had the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country. With its sky-high rents, the city is one of the least affordable places to live in…
Kamp Grizzly - Oregon Justice Resource Center - Measure 11
This is a short animated PSA film in support of the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) to help raise awareness about the need for reform of Measure 11, a law which allows for some Oregon Youth to be prosecuted and sentenced as adults, without potential for early release. The film was created specifically for use on OJRC’s social media channels.  The f…
Indian PM Narendra Modi is often praised for the country's economic successes, but in the shadows religious violence and repression are on the rise. More than 10,000 people have been killed in Hindu-Muslim violence since the Partition of India in 1947. We met people in communities that are deeply affected by this rift and dove into the history of the confli…

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.

the 13th annual shorty awards for brands and organizations is open for entries! early deadline on dec 3rd, 2020.