The Spy social media awards

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Friday, 19 May 2017, 9:55AM
Jaime Ridge, Amelia Finlayson and KJ Apa. Photos / Instagram
Jaime Ridge, Amelia Finlayson and KJ Apa. Photos / Instagram

Who’s got the best Instagram game? Who offers the best behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at their glamorous lives? And who is the ultimate selfie champion?

We dole out the prizes in a round-up of New Zealand's cutest, funniest, sauciest and sportiest Instagramming stars.

The Best Use of Hashtags Award

Awarded to: David Farrier

In an age where hashtags can wind up being 10 words long and impossible to decipher at a glance, David Farrier likes to keep things simple.

Like, really simple.

Upon meeting a couple of dogs, he once wrote: "Words can’t describe how many very good dogs I have met #met #dogs #good."

Or there was the time he came across a three-legged cat and wrote: "This guy is super shy on our street and missing a leg but if you sit down with him he flops over and wants pats #pats #cats."


in my country we love rugby and sheep #rugby #sheep

A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:03pm PDT


The Sauciest Instagram Award

Awarded to: Amelia Finlayson

When she’s not busy studying or modelling, Max Key's former girlfriend Amelia Finlayson spends her time demonstrating to her Instagram audience of 17,500 people that she's young, beautiful and enjoying life – even if life means spending a scantily clad weekend with a jar of Nutella.


Wifi, movies, bed & Nutella 🙊🍫Yippppp weekend well spent. ✌🏼️🍫#seriouslythough #nutellawasmycompany

A post shared by Amelia_Finlayson🐰 (@amelia_finlayson) on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:16pm PST


The Cutest Pet Account

Awarded to: Bruce-Lee the Frenchie

The fur baby of former Bachelorette Chrystal Chenery and real estate wunderkind Ricky Cave, this French bulldog gets up to all kinds of adventures on his Instagram page.

(And that face is giving us life right now.)


Do I have something in my teeth 😳

A post shared by Bruce-Lee (@bruce_lee_the_frenchie) on Apr 23, 2017 at 3:45pm PDT


The Most Coveted #OOTD Award

Awarded to: Jaime Ridge

Although she rarely tags any of her Instagram posts with #OOTD (or "outfit of the day" for those of you who don't do hashtags), Jaime Ridge's social media feed is one long parade of swoon-worthy outfits.

We want all of them, please.


A post shared by Jaime Ridge (@jaimeridge) on May 14, 2017 at 1:09am PDT


The Cutest Couple Award

Awarded to: Anika Moa and Natasha Utting

It was a closely fought battle, but singer-songwriter Anika Moa and journalist Natasha Utting have pipped Art Green and Matilda Rice at the post for the Cutest Couple on Instagram title.

We don’t know if it's still just that newlywed glow, but the Utting-Moas are consistently adorable – even in rain ponchos during torrential downpours at Mt Smart Stadium.


Adeles already ruining our hair

A post shared by Natasha Utterly (@natashautting) on Mar 25, 2017 at 11:33pm PDT


The Best Behind-the Scenes Post Award

Awarded to: KJ Apa

The best photos on a star's Instagram page are always the ones that give us a sneak peek into what life is like as an actor/singer/model/whatever.

And as KJ Apa has discovered, being the lead actor in a hit US TV show means plenty of opportunities for casual "check out my amazing life" shots.

Case in point: His behind the scenes pic from promoting Riverdale this week. Yes, that's the one and only Dylan McKay (or actor Luke Perry for anyone who wasn't around in the early '90s) in the background. We are tres jealous.


Dream team

A post shared by KJ Apa (@kjapa) on May 17, 2017 at 5:23pm PDT


The Best LOLs Award

Awarded to: Tim Batt

It doesn't really seem fair, seeing as he's a comedian by trade, but Tim Batt’s Instagram feed is always good for a LOL.

We especially enjoyed his recent "Tips For Hotelling".


Tim's Tips For Hotelling #2

A post shared by Tim Batt (@timbattnz) on Mar 30, 2017 at 9:42pm PDT


The Most Frequent Foodie Award

Awarded to: Sharyn Casey

Yep, pictures of what we’re eating are a big deal on Instagram. There are literally hundreds of millions of food photos on there.

And contributing to that total in her own unique way is broadcaster Sharyn Casey, who has so many Instagram food photos, she's set up a whole other page for them (which is Sharyn's YUM List for anyone keen on a bit of food porn).



The Best Sportie 'Grammer Award

Awarded to: Cathrine Tuivaiti

Central Pulse netballer and Crowd Goes Wild reporter Cathrine Tuivaiti was very nearly given the Best LOLs award too.

She's got a quick wit to go with her quick feet on the netball court and isn't afraid to poke fun at herself on her Instagram page.


Didn't. End. Well. Made top 3 tho? 😌

A post shared by Cathrine Tuivaiti (Latu) (@cathrinetuivaiti) on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:06pm PST


The Sweetest Family Pics Award

Awarded to: Ido Drent

There is no shortage of celebs and their super-cute offspring on Instagram (see Toni Street, Will Hall and The Block NZ's Alex and Corban) but the award for sweetest family photos lands at the feet of actor Ido Drent.

The former Shortland Street star often shares pictures of his son Bastion and daughter Elliotte – and they’re enough to make the hardest of hearts melt.


Three months for this little dream child... 😴🙌🏼👌🏼 #keepsleeping #please

A post shared by ✖️Ido Drent (@idodrent) on Feb 7, 2017 at 3:53pm PST


The Ultimate Selfie Champion

Awarded to: Laura Daniel

Anybody who follows comedian Laura Daniel's Instagram page knows it is essentially the same close-up selfie shot over and over again.

And it speaks to her talents and tenacity that she's managed to keep this gag going for so long.


Look at this dope set we on today #funnygirlsnz

A post shared by Laura Daniel (@lauractd) on Jul 12, 2016 at 5:14pm PDT