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 Video Series

This award honors the most creative and effective use of a video series such as a digital web series or docu-series to bring awareness to and achieve a social good campaign, initiative, or project.

See previous winners and honorees here.


"The Class of 2019"
Bonobos partnered with SoulPancake to create a social series that celebrated the interesting, diverse, progressive men graduating in 2019. Bonobos and SoulPancake set out to highlight incredible graduates who would grow to be the change makers that help us create a world where we all fit and to showcase Bonobos as a brand that cares about their jo…
The Dodo's "Comeback Kids"
The Dodo is the #1 digital media brand in the world for animal people and most-engaged with media brand in the world on social, owning the animal category across social platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. We tell fun, entertaining, emotional stories about animals that make people laugh, cry happy tears, feel ALL…
Days Inn: leveling the playing field.
Travel baseball can brighten kids’ futures. But rising costs in this multi-billion dollar industry has created a widening gap between those who can and can’t afford to join teams. Families are required to pay on average $2,000+ to cover tournament fees, uniforms, equipment, coach’s fees and travel expenses. This alone makes it very difficult for t…
The Build Up
The first season of “The Build Up” centers around Baltimore drummers Timothy Fletcher and Malik Perry who were discovered on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” After seeing them perform and hearing about their commitment to giving back to the people who have helped them along the way, Ellen DeGeneres wanted to delve deeper and pay it forward to them as w…
AARP's 'Road to Wizdom'
AARP seeks to challenge outdated beliefs of what it means to age and to spark new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age. When AARP learned the Washington Wizards were launching the Wizdom Dance Team, a troupe of 50-plus adults from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, AARP saw an opportunity to do just that: celebrate people who ar…


A Piece Of Me
Female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Protecting girls and women from FGM will take a significant push to accelera…
AMC Networks Black History Month PSA Campaign
Each year, AMC Networks aims to elevate awareness around Black History Month and share poignant and educational stories with viewers across the country. AMC Networks’ first annual Black History Month PSA campaign launched in 2014 on WE tv and expanded in 2018 to air across the company’s five networks, adding AMC, IFC, BBC America, and Sundance TV. The campa…
The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education have joined forces to create a robust, comprehensive career resource to help high school students nation-wide explore the broad range of careers within the industry of agriculture. Agriculture has a variety and abundance of careers that fit within nine exciting career focus areas. Careers may have you us…
CNN’s “Champions for Change"
In today’s contentious news environment, it’s easy to overlook those average people who quietly make big, positive impacts on society. “Champions for Change” spotlighted the unforgettable change makers, told their stories and inspired others to do good. 
Dream Big Pittsburgh
There is no more genuine source of dreams and shared possibilities in our community than our children. With their unique and imaginative perspective on the world, they can encourage us all to do better. With support from The Heinz Endowments, Fred Rogers Productions gathered a group of “real” children from a wide range of Pittsburgh neighborhoods in 2018…
Fish Unknown
Relais & Châteaux, as an association of 580 of the world’s top restaurants and hotels, has been supporting and lobbying for sustainable seafood for ten years now. The objective of previous years’ campaigns as well as this year’s has always been to promote ethically sourced fish, mollusks and crustaceans while protecting marine biodiversity. Our marine resou…
Holiday Heroes
Every holiday has its unsung heroes, and AOL's video series "Holiday Heroes" highlights those individuals who are making a difference in their communities. The show profiles a vast assortment of these heroes, from Costume Connections in Austin, Texas, which helps children and families who are unable to afford store-bought costumes do just that, to a man who…
MTV News: The Breakdown
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, MTV created its first-ever midterm voting initiative to reach young voters (our demo 18-34, emphasizing new voters 18-22) in a way that fit their needs by rebranding voting as a social experience. Our goal was to motivate young voters to get to the polls, take a friend or family member, and make informed decisions.
Rising Artist
To showcase New York area university student artists working in visual art, music, dance and photography through a short-form online video series.
Star-Studded “Americans For the Equality Act” Video Series Mobilizes Support for House Passage
Despite significant steps toward equality, most LGBTQ Americans still lack legal protections. The patchwork nature of current laws leaves millions of people in a majority of states subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their families and their day-to-day lives. Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the …
Topical Campaign Reboot: John & Jena, Jared & John and Femi & Joey
At a time when mainstream brands are beginning to pay attention to the banning of single use plastic, creative agency Alkemy X has been a force in driving conversation around the issue.   Last spring, the creative brand helped to produce a powerful PSA for Sea Shepherd, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to protecting marine …

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! Regular deadline is on February 6th, 2021