11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The regular entry deadline is February 7th, 2019.

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 8th Annual Shorty Awards Instagrammer of the Year

This Shorty is for all of those rockstar Instagrammers. Those who give you a glimpse into their beautiful, funny, diverse, weird (or all of the above) world! These creators have had one heck of a year and you saw it all.

Brand entries using social media in this space can be found in the Best on Instagram Shorty Award.


Skyscraper-sized murals; harrowing installation art; a short film about Ellis Island starring Robert De Niro: JR uses Instagram to showcase his new works and process. A self-titled photograffeur, he specializes in installed black-and-white portraiture, plastering walls, hallways, city sidewalks, and whole buildings with faces. Many of his projec...
Passion Passport
Zach Glassman founded Passion Passport in 2013 after leaving the world of finance and seeking people that might inspire him the world over in what he calls his “Wanderlust Year." Two years later, the curated photography under #passionpassport has grown into a veritable treasure trove of stories—personal anecdotes from travelers all around the wo...
Robert Jahns
Oft-shared like the surreal image of a whale stuck in a Venice canal, or the bizarre picture of a man getting ready to skate off the edge of a skyscraper. His creations are dreamlike composite images captured and edited on a smartphone. It’s been hinted by Bloomberg that Robert’s creative use and early adoption of in-camera editing techniques co...
Sophie Gamand
Every year, somewhere between 800k and a million pit bulls are euthanized in American shelters, and this troubling fact prompted photographer Sophie Gamand to use her Instagram following to do some good. She started the Pit Bull Flower Power project, and constructed elaborate flower crowns for adorable, adoptable pit bulls to wear, winning her t...
The Dogist
Called the Robert Capa of dog photography by The Huffington Post, 27-year-old Elias Weiss Friedman of The Dogist had a super-fun, puppy-filled book tour in 2015 to promote his coffee table title, The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1000 Dogs. All colors, sizes, and breeds are included on his Instagram, which collects eye-level portraits and...


Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried adopted her best friend Finn, an Australian shepherd, and Instagram broke. The dog became her frequent collaborator, subjected to all manner of things placed upon his head—wraps, ducks, turtles, carrots, etc.—and featured heavily in her life after break with actor Justin Long, which she documented in sweet, filtered, nostalgic photos. The ...
Girl With No Job
Another cross-platform success, Claudia Oshry started her subversive, borderline-nasty Tumblr Girl With a Job when she was a PR intern, but when her coworkers started following her and began to realize they were the subjects of widespread internet disdain, she had to delete it. And then she got fired, which led to the creation of Girl With No Job. Nearly ...
Looking For Heroes
Looking for Heroes made a splash on Instagram in 2015 when Instagram recommended this happy feed, bumping up their followers from the hundreds to the tens of thousands. Alex Pawlowska’s Looking For Heroes tracks down and photographs Londoners in their natural habitats (normally against a fun, graffitied wall) and tells their stories, positive tales of act...
Pari Ehsan
Nominated for the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Instagrammer of the Year Award, Pari Ehsan’s minimalist photography blends the best of high fashion with the best of high art. She graduated with degrees in architecture from both USC and UCLA before staging guerrilla fashion shoots in art museums, but now she’s a frequent collab...
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, has an Instagram feed frequented by President Obama with 2 million followers and a game app (Bolt!). Bolstered by support from Puma, Gatorade, and Hublot, Bolt’s feed is full of inspiration, urging his audience to be #ForeverFaster, peppered with Muhammad Ali quotes. In 2015, after an injury took him out for a year, Bolt...
Yung Jake
CalArts grad Jake Patterson broke into the internet meme game with a music video for his hip-hop track Datamosh (datamoshing being an intentionally corrupted gif, leading to “glitch art"). The colorful video edited together everything from Jake’s home videos to Justin Bieber’s concerts. He followed up with performances at SXSW, Sundance, and MOCA, but his...

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, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Regular Entry Deadline is February 7th, 2019