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January 2, 2015

Lumia Instagramer of the Month: Vincent Kariuki

As the new year begins, what better way to kick off 2015 than to reveal the Instagramer of the Month.

I think we’ll all agree that 2014 has been an incredible year here at Connects. We’ve seen so many fantastic Instagram photos that it has become increasingly difficult to pick our winners, which is why we’ve asked for your help in choosing December’s Instagramer. And, as ever, you delivered in final style voting for Vincent Kariuki, also known as Insta_Kenya, who won with a whopping 41.28%. We can think of no better person to kick start 2015. To find out why not, take a look at his spectacular photos.

Which Lumia do you have and what do you like most about it? 

I am the happy owner of a black Lumia 1020. As a mobile photographer, I have used many different phone models in the past and nothing comes close to my Lumia. The camera capabilities, including the ability to shoot raw DNG files, long exposure, and low light photography is amazing.

Where do you shoot most of your photos and what sort of photos do you like to take best?

Prior to a few months ago most of my shots were sunset, cityscape and cultural photos from all over my home country of Kenya. Most recently I have relocated to Washington, DC and have enjoyed shooting my new city and other major US cities and landmarks. My current passion is shooting any cityscape where my travels may take me, and of course playing with long exposure to capture the city lights at night.

What are your top tips for taking Instagram photos on your Lumia?

I use Instagram not only to showcase my God-given talent and creativity but to also gain inspiration. I follow great photographers and they push me to get out and get better shots. I learn, I shoot and shoot again until I get the shots that I want. With Lumia 1020 I also like to take the time to explore the full advantages of the camera’s manual settings to set up each shot perfectly.

Which five Lumia instagramers do you recommend everyone to follow?

@Who.sane – I love his sunset and city photos.
@Kennethnguyen – Great photo composition
@salvarezphoto – National Geographic photographer
@albene_dictine – Really nice macro photography
@thekitur – Amazing colorpop photos

What are your top 10 fav Lumia photos you’ve shared on Instagram?

Vincent 1Arlington, Virginia

Vincent 2Pittsburgh bridge


Vincent 3Downtown Pittsburgh

 Vincent 4Lake Michigan

 Vincent 5The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Vincent 10Nairobi, Kenya


Vincent 6New Jersey and New York


Vincent 7Soccer in Kenya


Vincent 8Sunrise in Kenya


Vincent 9The National Harbor in D.C.

Blown away by Vincent’s showcase? If so, make sure you follow him on Instagram. And if you’re a Lumia Instagramer, and you’d like to see your work showcased here, you can either follow us on Instagram or share your best pics with #Lumia, or both.  In the meantime, let us know which of Vincent’s photos you enjoyed most in the comments below.