Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The regular entry deadline is on February 10th, 2022.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Art

This category is for those who make awe inspiring, thought provoking, and head turning pieces. Regardless whether their medium is paint, pencil, marker, crayon, salt, or wood sculptures, this category is for those who share their brilliant works through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or the rest of the social world.

Finalists

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Elle Luna
In April of 2013, multidisciplinary artist Elle Luna posted an essay about empowering yourself to act to Medium.com, and quit her dayjob to paint full-time. The essay, The Crossroads of Should and Must, had 5 million tweets in just a few weeks, and resulted in a book of the same title, marketed with Elle’s #choosemust hashtag. The book was nominat…
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Halno
A broomstick may not seem the most useful of props outside of Halloween or Harry Potter photography, but Japanese graphic artist Halno utilized the household tool to great effect with his magical man-with-a-broom portrait series, showing @halno seemingly flying through the air all over the world. With the help of his assistant Wacamera, Halno’s be…
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Sasha Unisex
Art is ever-evolving, and Russian tattoo artist Sasha Unisex fully embodies that notion in her signature watercolor tattoos. A graduate of Ukraine’s Lviv National Academy of Arts, Sasha’s transformative art—from watercolors to tattoos—conveys a unique geometry of color and shape. Inspired by nature, particularly animals, @sashaunisex posts her min…
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Spencer Hibert
Spencer Hibert’s psychedelic paintings, designs, and sculptures feature bold colors, naked bodies, melting skulls, “psychoeyes," sinister aliens, and pseudo-religious iconography. Born in Seattle, Washington, Spencer gravitated toward the West coast psych-hippie art scene, which then brought him to Phoenix, Arizona, where the desert and barren lan…
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The Art of Plating
While plating can be an afterthought or a nice addition in many Instagram foodie images, @theartofplating focuses squarely on the visual and textural elements of a dish for both its Instagram account and popular web mag, The Art of Plating, edited by Maria Nguyen. Featuring the work of countless food photographers and renowned chefs, @theartofplat…

Nominees

Adam J. Kurtz
Adam J. Kurtz is a New York-based artists and designer, and self-described nice guy. His first book, 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion helps fellow artists with the design process, with a followup edition titled Pick Me Up coming Fall 2016. His cute handwriting, witty copy, and hip aesthetic make his Instagram account a delightful little piece …
Amyventures
Amy Chen (@amyventures on Instagram) posts a new photo everyday for her 48k followers, who look for her re-interpretations of New York and New Jersey into brightly lit, quaint places. As a designer, Amy’s created packaging for artisanal products, bringing her knowledge of texture and 3D design into her photographs, which are simple, layered, often like colo…
Baron Von Fancy
Baron Von Fancy’s (né Gordon Stevenson) Instagram earned him a career in an unusual way—he called out a gallery for selling bootlegs of one of his instagrams and was offered a show. His signature typographic art, which features slightly off-kilter phrases he often overheard on the NYC subway, has nabbed him collaborations with Juicy Couture, Urban Outfitter…
Dabs & Myla
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards were a colorfully bombastic display of a Merrie Melodies-influenced style, courtesy of artistic duo Dabs and Myla, Australian graphic designers turned installation art denizens of Los Angeles. The pair are constantly creating new murals, new sets, new collectible toys all in the same whimsical, sharp-edged style, where dynamite sti…
Seb Lester
Affectionately dubbed the “Banksy of calligraphy," English designer Seb Lester is a celebrated master calligrapher, artist, and custom-typeface virtuoso. He has garnered worldwide recognition for his iconic, hand-lettered designs for clients like NASA, Apple, Nike, Intel, The New York Times, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and JD Salinger’s The Catcher …
The Art Assignment
Sarah Green, the “yeti" of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel (dubbed for her infrequent appearances) hosts her own show, PBS Digital Studios’ The Art Assignment, aired on YouTube. With new two- to ten-minute videos weekly, Sarah interviews artists and get assignments from them that everyone can complete, like photographer Alec Soth’s assignment to pretend to…