Meet Javier Guillen, Winner of LA Weekly’s Best Instagrammer Award

LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske does the profile honors in this week’s issue for Javier Guillen, a 31-year-old East LA native who now has some rather unusual new bragging rights. He can tell his pals when photographing and uploading pictures of them that they are being showcased by an award winner.

Guillen (@goEastLos) was judged as part of this year’s LA Weekly Web Awards to be the owner of the best Instagram account. Here’s why:

He has posted more than 1,500 photos to date and earned almost as many followers. Our judges give him marks for both his artistic eye and the depth of his coverage. In the words of one, “Murals, street scenes, people, details and even Jack White’s recent pop-up show at Mariachi Plaza? Javier has it covered, con sabor.”

There’s a much bigger angle to all this, as Fenske details. Guillen’s crash course in social media helped him complete a key final component of his Cal State Northridge undergraduate studies and led him to set up a full-time social media consulting business. Con sabor, redux.

Other winners at last night’s third annual Web Awards included WeHo Daily (Best Neighborhood Blog), @LAScanner (Best LA Public Safety Twitter) and Caroline on Crack (Best Bar Blogger). Congrats to all.

Correction – 09/21/12: An earlier version of this item incorrectly featured and labeled as Guillen a photo of Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound). FishbowlLA regrets the error, and thanks to @goEastLos for setting us straight.