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.

From the 4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best Social Movement Campaign

This award honors the best campaigns supporting social activism movements and cultural moments. Campaigns run by brands and organizations to bring about social change for various political, social, and environmental issues are eligible. .

See previous winners and honorees here.


Generation Lockdown
In 95% of public schools in the United States, lockdown drills are as common as math and science. Students learn terrifying lessons like how to barricade doors with tables and how to balance on toilet seats so that gunmen can’t see their feet. March For Our Lives — the student-led organization that emerged in the tragic wake of the shooting in Par…
Project #ShowUs
Worldwide, 70% of women — inclusive of all female-identifying and non-binary individuals — say they still don’t feel represented in media & advertising. Many images continue to impose unrealistic beauty standards that present a narrow view of who women are, what they should look like, and what they can/can’t achieve. Every day, women’s health, rel…
Take Back the Prom
Prom is supposed to be a magical, memorable experience that every young person can celebrate. But for many LGBTQ+ students, interracial couples, students from low-income households, and others, going to prom is not an option.  DoSomething.org realized that there are still schools across the US that don’t allow young people to come to prom as sa…
Planet or Plastic?
Each year, 9 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean. Unretrieved, it’s estimated that it’ll remain there for centuries, destroying the delicate ecosystems critical to not just our planet’s health, but our survival here on earth. The good news is...it’s a problem we can fix and it’s exactly what National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initia…
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…


"For Her Age"
As part of their "Disrupt Aging" campaign, AARP partnered with SoulPancake to produce content that ccould create a movement and ultimately show that age is trule just a number. The hope was to create a series of videos that emotionally connected people, and brought them together to talk about aging in a different way.
The #PutPatientsFirst campaign was launched in response to mounting attacks from the Trump administration on our civil rights in the doctor's office. The Trump administration has been determined to undermine non-discrimination protections in all aspects of our lives - but health care has become a major focus, as it encompasses their main goals of spreading …
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 6,000. …
1600 Men
In 1991, in a powerful display of solidarity during the Clarence Thomas hearings, 1,600 black women came together to place an ad in The New York Times to support Anita Hill. During the Kavanaugh hearings in 2018, the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign organized 1,600 men to follow in the footsteps of those courageous black women, by taking out another full-pa…
Beauty Mark
Beauty standards are impossible. Women face tremendous pressure to keep up with ideal images, and it’s negatively impacting everyone’s mental health. In fact, the American Medical Association has declared images in the media as a health issue.* That’s why CVS, a purpose-driven retailer, introduced an initiative focused on creating a better, healthier beauty…
Beverly's Birthdays: Icing on the Cake
Many kids have never had a birthday party of their own. Beverly’s Birthdays is a non-profit passionately committed to changing that fact. They throw birthday parties and spread cheer to those in need and drive awareness on the scope of the volume of families in need and child homelessness in the region. But to keep the party going, they needed help. That’s …
For 28 years, Nature & Découvertes has been an original retailer, strongly committed to the preservation of biodiversity. When looking truly to what made the brand different it became clear that its way to operate and values were much stronger. Nobody knew about it but engagement has always been at the core of the brand with Nature & Découvertes creating…
Forward for 50 — Los Angeles LGBT Center
In 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will be the first LGBT organization in the world to celebrate its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we created a poster campaign featuring a special logo that celebrates the relentless efforts of the community in the fight for equality by using images from multiple protest signs to create a singul…
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 Campaign
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 (Mandela 100)campaign was a series of global events, organized in partnership with the House of Mandela, honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.  Nelson Mandela famously called for this generation to realize an end to extreme poverty in one of his last public speeches, and Global Citizen…
HARMAN Spreads the Power of Music on Make Music Day 2019
Studies show that music and music education have a profound impact on students’ cognitive and social skills, as well as continued professional development into adulthood. Despite this, recent reports have found that 3.8 million underserved Pre-K-12 students in the United States do not have access to music education or the benefits it provides. HARMAN’s h…
At Rule29, we live by the mantra of “making creative matter.” Whether that is through our impact in the world through design or even as humans in the day-to-day. That is why we created LEO moments. LEO’s mission is simple: we wanted to encourage everyone in the world to show more love. We believe that amidst all the negativity and chaos in the current clima…
MTV's +1 the Vote
In 2018, young people were leading the charge for social change – from speaking up against injustice to marching for the causes that matter to them. To keep the momentum going, MTV created its first-ever midterm elections campaign, +1 the Vote. The campaign was based on research insight that friendship is one of the most powerful motivators for civic action…
Malaria No More UK - Malaria Must Die Voice Petition
Malaria remains a worldwide problem. But it is a problem western cultures barely have to think about anymore, let alone take action to stop. Against everything else going on in the world, there’s constant need to keep malaria in the public eye and on governments agendas. Unlike a lot of charities, Malaria Must Die is not asking for public donations, it’s…
Nobody Wins Alone
Campaign Objective – A call to action for Allies to come forward, to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community With an emphasis on leveling the playing field for all athletes* this year’s Nike BeTrue campaign focused on allyship as a means to create change in sport while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Focusing on our a…
Speak Truth to Power
In an effort to ignite a national dialogue about what it means to be a 21st century solution-seeker and human rights defender, Discovery Education and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights launched Speak Truth to Power. This powerful initiative aims to inspire global citizenry in students and teachers who stand ready to help prevent human rights abuses and violati…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

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