DAY 34 | Best selfies award

Labor MLC for the South Metropolitan Region, Sue Ellery

The Best Motion Picture of the Social Stars awards is the Best Selfie Award.

Politicians from all parties have taken to the selfie like a duck to water, like a seagull to chips.

We have seen so many stellar examples it has been hard to choose a winner.

But a winner we must have and our Social Star for the day — for both selfie quality and volume — is Labor’s Sue Ellery.

The Member for the South Metropolitan Region has been taking selfies since time began — well at least since the dawn of the smartphone. She’s been on Twitter since 2011 and her selfie history on that platform, and on Facebook, is rich.


Here are a few of our favourites:

Why does it matter?

Ms Ellery has cottoned on to the art of the perfect selfie. It is not about getting the focus or lighting right, but including others in the selfie journey.

Yes, selfies get a lot of hate. They seem vain if it’s only you. When taken by tourists, they are annoying — particularly if you are trying to see an unobstructed view. And when taken at tragedies they are completely inappropriate. But there’s a lot to love about the selfie as well. From a social media perspective, the inclusion of the human face is vital. Face-tracking studies show that the profile picture or avatar is the first place the eye is drawn to on Facebook and other social media profiles. On Instagram, pictures with human faces are 38 per cent more likely to receive likes and 32 per cent more likely to attract comments than photos with no faces. So grab your selfie stick, swallow your pride, and snap.

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