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.

From the 5th 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.


Venmo was founded in 2009 by two former college roommates who wanted a better way to pay each other back. Over the years, Venmo has evolved from a simple SMS platform to send and receive money, to a social payments app with over 60 million users using the app to split bills, pay each other back for rent, and make purchases both online and offline.…
Alzheimer’s Association United Campaign
Create a breakthrough campaign that increases unaided awareness  by X%* of the Alzheimer’s Association and concern for the disease during the 2020 election cycle, running media during the debate with a timely message: United.
Lift Every Voice: Black History Month
Celebrate and honestly reflect the experience of modern life through the lens of the Black community and Facebook groups.
The Pledge for Paternity Leave
Since 2010, Dove Men+Care has been committed to expanding men’s opportunities to care by addressing stereotypes around masculinity, fatherhood and sports. In 2018, the brand grew its purpose from simply celebrating the caring role of men to driving action around an issue that’s been preventing dads from caring – the lack of paternity leave. Thr…
Verizon - PayItForwardLIVE
In March 2020, COVID-19 brought America to a stand-still. Everyone was sheltering at home, and millions of small businesses across the country were closed—with no sense of when or even if they’d ever open again.   As the company that builds the networks that move the world forward, Verizon wanted to deliver on its brand mission to support sm…
To shine a light on HBO’s We Are the Dream as well as to raise awareness around the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, we created the Road to Your Dreams Workshop. The story of We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest chronicled the journey of children who participated in the Oakland MLK Oratorical Festival, a stirring public speaki…


AMC Networks Black History Month PSA Campaign
Since 2014, AMC Networks has raise awareness around the historical importance and modern-day significance of Black History Month in the United States through the company’s award-winning annual Public Service Announcement campaign. The objective of the campaign has been and always will be to communicate the tremendous impact of Black History Month by feat…
Human Rights Campaign
Equality for all, not for some. The Human Rights Campaign is the go-to information resource for LGBTQ people and allies worldwide. Their website’s purposes are as broad as the organization’s initiatives: it’s the home base for their advocacy work, a place for updates on legislative news, and an information library for millions of people. The new site sets o…
In the summer of 2019/2020, Australia was ravaged by its worst bushfire season on record. 1 billion of the country’s unique wildlife - killed, with surviving species facing extinction.  In an effort to connect New Yorkers to this heartbreaking tragedy and raise awareness around the devastating impact of the bushfires, Koalas of NYC was born. The objectiv…
Our Power
March For Our Lives is a national youth-led movement to end gun violence in America.  The primary focus of the Our Power Campaign is to increase voter participation among young voters by mobilizing them around issues they care about, including gun violence. In this election, Gen Z voters are projected to comprise one-in-ten eligible voters and most will …
Talking About Race
Talking About Race is an online resource for educators, parents and caregivers and the general public designed to demystify and empower communities to discuss race and its role in our lives. With the understanding that talking about race, although hard, is necessary, the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s (NMAAHC), launch of an online h…
The Other Bar
“Be Radical, Choose Equality” is the message from UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and the FairChain Foundation for the launch of The Other Bar, a chocolate bar that challenged consumers to take direct action against poverty.  Launched in the UK in November 2019, this experiment piloted a new way of doing business with developing-world produce…
“Drink Responsibly. #SexResponsibly” from Absolut and Pernod Ricard USA
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. And perpetrators of sexual assault often use alcohol as both a tool and an excuse to commit their crimes. The spirits industry advocates loudly for responsible drinking, but it is quiet on the topic of alcohol’s role in rape, sexual assault …

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!