2015 Art of Miami “Insta-grammys”
This is our 3rd annual edition of Top Instagrammers in Miami. The tradition first began with the intentions of helping local artists have a platform, other than Instagram, to be found. In addition, we show an appreciation and gratitude to those that have inspired us, through their work, to reach for our potential. This year we are introducing categories to the Top Instagrammers List. These categories and its nominees have been developed, in part, with the help of the Instagram community. So without further ado, we present our choice for the 2015 Art of Miami Instagrammys.
Instagrammer of the Year
When Instagram announce it was “cleaning house” by removing “Fake” accounts from its server, most users saw their followers drop significantly. @Hi_Tola was not an exception. Well kind of, after losing thousands of followers from the “BIG Clean UP” @Hi_Tola was later featured by Instagram and saw his followers grow from 3,000 to a well deserved 200,000. In addition to this remarkable growth Tola’s Instagram feed is a well-rounded mix of brightly edited images and ever so clever captions to compliment them. @HI_Tola is this Year’s Instagrammer of the Year.
This one goes to the most stunning picture taken this year. Many come to mind, like @HighDrone’s epic picture of locals jumping towards a shark. That pic blew up on Tumbler. Also @DavidPulgars entree for Instagram’s WHP was stunning. Also, Woo Supreme’s picture from a helicopter looking back at the Miami skyline. However, this one picture left us inspired and was even featured by Instagram themselves. @Masson_Liang’s “ Rainbow Beard” the Picture of the Year for 2015.
Honorable Mentions for Best Picture
Rookie of the Year
Voted by her peers on our online survey as the best Instagrammer to start out their journey this year. Raluca305 started the year iPhoneonly then progressed to taking high-caliber professional images like the one pictured above. Her Instagram feed is a must follow for inspiration. Check out this amazing picture above of the setting sun silhouetting a helicopter and its hopeful passenger. Raluca305 is 2015 Rookie of the Year.
Instagram started with a simple app with filters to edit images and make them extra ordinary. Photoshop, which was once frowned upon among the purists on Instagram , is here rewarded in this category. This category is for the accounts with consistent pics that makes the viewer ask, “how did they do that?’ With out a doubt this old schooler to the Instagram game is the clear winner. Mr Antooine is Best Editor of 2015.
InstaMeet of the Year:
First of all congratulations and thank you to everyone that hosted an Instameet this Year, they were all a great success. However, without a doubt the best Instameet was #ColorsplashMia hosted by @ShooterShane. It had an awesome turn out and its creative concept caught the eye of Instagram Headquarters prompting them to feature it as a recap. This Symbolically crowned it the best Instameet of WWIM13. It was then officially voted Best Instameet in South Florida by the Instagram community on our online survey.
At 200k plus followers, respected photographer @Derick_G takes us around the globe sharing with us the life that photography has gifted him. Never forgetting his selfie-stick at home, Derick G creates the most envious and hilarious selfies in town. He has truly embraced the spirit of Instagram. What was once a mainly portfolio account, Derick has successfully converted into a picture blog covering the daily encounters of a photographer. One hundred and thirty thousand followers enviously stay tuned for Derick G’s photographers point.
YesJulz has a way of levitating your mood. Either by her adorable captions or simply her smile, @YesJulz will convince you that the “weekend” is a sate of mind that,available any day of the week.
Best Mobile-Only Photography
Madeline Luis aka @mad19
The origin of Instagram was to embrace mobile photography. Originally the app was exclusively for iPhone users. Its great success and calls for inclusion from Android users was then inevitable. Now mobile-photography is bragging rights for self acclaimed “Instagram Purists.” For that reason this Award is quiet meaningful and goes to the most inspiring iPhoneonly account this year and beyond on Instagram, Madeline Luis also known as @Mad19.
Explorer of the Year
From the infancy of Instagram, many fell in love with the idea of using your camera to explore the world around you. With the advent of the mobile phone, it was convenient, challenging and fun. This one goes out to the Instagrammer that took exploring to another level this 2015, @AbandonedFL.
Best Glamour Photography
ArtCrazyPhotog is not your regular glamour photographer. It is evident his images take dedication, pre-production, post-production and even choreography to achieve that level of glamour. Voted by his peers on our Instagram survey for this honor, @ArtCrazyPhotog is this year’s Glamour Photographer of the Year.
Best Food Porn
One of the top hashtags on Instagram is “FoodPorn.” The way to a followers heart is through his or her stomach. Follow this account for ever so seductive pictures of mans number one craving. Her pictures are perfectly orchestrated on a whim, as her extensive experience taking pictures of food allows her to. This year’s Food P0rn Instagrammer of the Year in @FatGirlHedonist.
“Do-It for the Gram” Account of the Year
Most likely to risk life and limb, or just embarrassment form a slip or two, @OneoftheBrave goes through extreme lengths to capture that image that is otherwise are unattainable. Recently taking his high risk photography to his new home in Texas, his urban footprint is still in our memories.
Best Nature Photography
Finding a varied landscape in south Florida is challenging. Florida’s flat terrain and lack of seasonal change makes it so. Photographer Andrew Hector has made it a mission to travel to as many National Parks possible. His feed takes you on a dream like tour of our National Parks. Coming to you instantly through the magic of Instagram.
Jerry Kestel aka @Witness_X
With out of doubt @Witness_X caption’s are more than just descriptive. Insightful, engaging and sometimes personal, his pictures and words will leave you pondering. A real approachable and likable guy when you meet in person. Make sure to look out for him on your next Instameet.
GoPro Account of the Year
Melissa Mederos aka @MagicCityMel
Killing it with the GoPro game this year has been local photographer Melissa Mederos. Follow her adventures through some of Florida’s most scenic places captured with her GoPro and shared to you via Instagram. As a fellow GoPro enthusiasts myself I am much to eager to see her next chapters of fun to develop. Above is a stunning diptych look of the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables by @MagicCityMel
There is no substitute for experience. When the stakes are high, you want the most experienced photographer to be at the trigger of the camera. This award goes to the most active account Instagram. Purely gauged by the numbers, we thought it would be a close race. Names like @IGPostAholic and @Sandor came to mind. But with 10,000 plus posts the winner by a land slide is @DepotMSA. You wake up to his post. You have lunch with his posts. You go to sleep with another post. His persistence has made him an expert of glamour for female body, DepotMSA’s feed is quite addicting.
Drone Account of the Year
Taking a picture at sunset can be a hit or miss, weather is a big determining factor. Add the variables made by attempting it with a drone and OH BOy. Whether the sun peaks out through the clouds or whether you’ll get a blurred out horizon or whether your drone will make it back safely all depends in mother nature. What makes this picture more incredible is how the sun is setting perfectly on the vanishing point of government cut in Miami, Florida, while over coming those other obstacles. New York has Manhattanhedge, but giving this picture, photographer High Drone has baptized Miami with its own, shall I say “Miamihedge” This epic picture and the countless other of Miami through an aerial perspectives, makes @Hi_Drone the 2015 Drone Account of the Year.
Best Business Account
Great example of how to keep your customers engaged through social media. The BarkHaus is a local business specializing in dog services. Their Instagram gram account is the cutest fluff feed. Featuring a variety of dog breads that remarkably behave for the “sake of the gram.” The best local business Instagram account goes to @TheBarkHaus.
Sarah takes us on her Journeys across the caribbean and beyond. Her feed also wakes us up early to share with us our rising sun. JetSet Sarah is this Year’s Best Travelgrammer.
Best Community Account
Community first is a motto propagated religiously by the Instagram community. It is the foundation that made Instagram a true hub for the interchange of ideas and creativity. Many accounts in Instagram dedicate their feed to promoting this concept. But one in particular has stood out this year for its varies Instameets, collaboration with sponsors and its extraordinary growth with in just a year. Mia explore is an Instagram account dedicated to promoting local South Florida creatives in their pursuit of their potential. Founder of MIA Supreme, Edgar Woo aka Woo Supreme, is a huge reason for the success of @MIAexplore, this year’s Best Community Account.
Most Played Out Spot
Who “Un-Played” It Out
Instagram becomes somewhat of a catalogue of picturesque locations to one’s city. Images that were once stunning when first shared in the beginnings of the social media app, have since been harvested and replicated to the point of exhaustion. The number one played out spot is conveniently located in 1st street. The middle of the city. When you stand on the corner of SE 1st street and Biscayne avenue, you can almost feel the ghosts of past Instagrammers that have frequented this spot. But one Instagrammer took this “played out” location and made it his own with a moving tribute to 9/11. For this reason @Spore_One in this years most Creative Shot.
People’s Choice Award for IGer of the Year
With in the course of a week, we asked for the help of our followers in social media to nominate their favorite Instagrammers for 2015. This informal survey included multiple categories, one Instagrammer kept popping up in all them. Whether it was for Best Glamour Photog, Rookie of the Year and Peoples Choice, our audience was much too eager to mention @IamBrnford as a nominee. For that reason @IamBranford is this year’s People Choice for Instagrammer of the Year.
Check out our Video Highlight of this Year on Instagram