Introducing the Philly Selfie Contest

This classic Philly Selfie was captured at the Independence Visitor Center.

Hey Philly! Get pumped for Selfies Week! We need your best selfies for an upcoming photo feature. Starting Monday, May 4th, we’re collecting your submissions online, via Instagram, or Twitter or email us at social@phillymag.com. Make sure you use the hashtag #PhillySelfieContest. Here’s what we need:

1. Selfies with you and a celebrity with Philly ties.

2. Selfies that show you in an iconic Philadelphia setting. The more creative, the better — do you have a killer selfie from the observation deck of City Hall at sunset? On the 50-yard line at halftime of an Eagles game?

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Artist Sets Up “Selfie Zones” in Philadelphia

A photo posted by Kid Hazo (@kidhazo) on

Philadelphia street artist Kid Hazo — he of the giant PPA parking ticket and the Claes Oldenburg paint-dollop turned poop emoji — put a few new pieces on the streets this morning: Selfie zones.

Unlike the No Selfie Zone prank by Jena Kingsley, Kid Hazo is actually encouraging people to take them — a fresh change of pace from the anti-selfie propaganda constantly spewed by the media. Read more »

Flyers Goalie Steve Mason Keeps Posting Shirtless Selfies with His Dog

Two days ago, Flyers goalie Steve Mason posted this to his Instagram.

Cute doggy! Also… it’s a shirtless selfie with his dog. Let me go on the record as pro-selfie — and even pro-shirtless selfie! I myself have finagled a way to post two shirtless photos of myself on this very website, so it would be hypocritical of me to come out against it. Plus, shirtless pro athletes are way more exciting to look at shirtless than I am. Post as many shirtless selfies as you want, Steve Mason!

Well, guess what: He has!

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How to Get More Likes On Your Instagram Selfies

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I had a friend coin me the “Selfie Queen of Midtown Village,” and I’m not ashamed of the title; I’m guilty as charged, and the fact is I am not alone when it comes to posting terribly awkward and highly filtered pictures of myself on the interwebs. Recently, Merriam-Webster added “selfie” as a word to the dictionary, and we here at G Philly run a weekly column of the best #GayPhilly Instagrams of the week. The vast majority of the shots that we feature are, you guessed it, selfies.

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It Happened Last Night: Cher, Cyndi, and Madame Patti LaBelle in Philadelphia

On Monday night, Cher brought her “Dressed to Kill” tour to Philadelphia with special (and I do mean special) guest Cyndi Lauper. Naturally, Philadelphia soul legend Patti LaBelle sat in the seat next to me, adding another level of fun to an already fun evening. Here, ten observations from the most entertaining Monday night I’ve seen in a while. Read more »

Obama, Biden Take Executive Selfie

Last night, the @WhiteHouse Twitter account posted this smiley selfie of Joe Biden and Barack Obama. It was to kick off Biden’s Instagram account, but was also posted as a tweet.

Obviously, this elicited a number of reactions, such as:

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Philadelphian Takes Selfies to Prove Local Residency to IRS

There’s a story at Mashable by Brian Koerber today with a fun tale about Andrew Jarvis. Jarvis is an architect at EwingCole who splits his time between the firm’s offices in New York City and Philadelphia.

Koerber reports Jarvis began to rent an apartment in New York City due to the long commute. (Geeze! That’s expensive. Why not Jersey City or Northeast Pennsylvania?) He realized he needed to spend fewer than 182 days a year living in New York or else he’d have to pay NYC taxes.

So, to prove to the IRS he lives in Philadelphia most of the time, he began taking dated self-timer shots with a camera — holding a copy of the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer to prove it.

His daughter, Anne, recently started an Instagram account documenting his work. After the jump, a selection of the best.

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Can Everybody Please Shut Up About The Obama Funeral Selfie?

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It happened on Tuesday. One day before the Fake Sign Language Interpreter Scandal broke, United States President Barack Obama put on the Classic Overbite Selfie Face for a photo with some mobile-phone-wielding blonde (who happened to be Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a photo that has now become known as the Obama Funeral Selfie and has inspired the Great Obama Funeral Selfie Scandal of 2013, otherwise known as Selfie-gate. Read more »

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