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2017/01/18 16:01:05
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For most of the last decade, fourth-generation photojournalist Giulio Di Sturco (@giuliodisturco) has been based in Thailand and India with his #EyesOn humanity’s resilience and adaptation in the face of environmental adversity. “I’m interested in documenting how climate change and technology are shaping the life of the new generation,” says Giulio. He’s documented a variety of topics like the effect of pollution on the Ganges River and issues surrounding gender in Thailand, but his work in Asia ponders large, global questions: “What is the solution we are looking for? What are we doing to progress our society? What does the future look like?” Photo by @giuliodisturco

2017/01/18 07:13:59
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Journalist Hasan ilkay Özduman (@hasanilkay) found light beams penetrating a dome in Sille, a small Turkish village. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPfollowthelight this week. Photo by @hasanilkay

2017/01/18 03:26:56
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For last weekend’s hashtag project, Aisha (@alleph_) captured a striped ceiling pattern, emitted by a glowing chandelier, and captured the photo with the Rumi quote: “Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” #WHPfollowthelight Photo by @alleph_

2017/01/18 02:31:56
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Blinded by the light 💥 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPfollowthelight. Photo by @tadbitwacko

2017/01/17 18:43:06
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Hello, world! It’s time for a frisky dose of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Gizmo — one of the kitties who got a second chance at finding a fur-ever home thanks to Shelia (@love2foster). 😻 Gizmo lives with a number of rescued brothers and sisters in Oregon and (as you can see!) doesn’t give up easily. Follow @love2foster to ensure constant cat power in your feed.

2017/01/16 16:11:54
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“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is one of artist and writer Kadir Nelson’s (@kadirnelson) favorite quotes from the American civil rights leader, whose birthday is celebrated on January 16. “I admire Dr. King’s faith in his beliefs and willingness to demonstrate the powerful example of intelligence, spiritual tenacity and hard work,” says Kadir, who is based in Los Angeles. “Individuals like Dr. King, who embrace their inner hero, are recurring subjects in my work. He, and all of those who fought against social injustice, paved a way for creative people like myself who stand on their shoulders — and are now free to express ourselves creatively in fields that were not as open as they are today.” #MLKDay Art by @kadirnelson for @newyorkermag

2017/01/15 22:54:29
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The good times keep rolling atop this snow-covered hill in Berlin. “After my daughter’s midday nap, we went to that spot and had our very first sled session together,” says Markus Braumann (@markusbraumann). #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @markusbraumann

2017/01/15 21:55:53
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Fog as far as the eye can see. David Afandi (@maspeot) shares a tranquil moment overlooking the view from Bukit Panguk Kediwung, Indonesia. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @maspeot

2017/01/15 16:00:01
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Meet Shu (@shuthebear): an avid explorer — who happens to be a stuffed bear. He’s adventured to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Iceland, but before he met Manel Mora, he was looking at the world through the display window of a gift shop in Spain. “He likes to feel a part of the place that welcomes him,” says Manel, who helps Shu share his travel stories. “When tourists and locals see a teddy bear posing for the camera, everyone takes out their cameras, and amidst laughter, they ask about the photo session.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @shuthebear

2017/01/14 19:02:16
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We owe this captivating #BoomerangOfTheWeek to one big rock and Fernando Carreras’ (@fernycarreras) creativity. “Temperatures in areas of the mountains in Cuenca have been down to -13 C [9 F], so many lakes were frozen,” explains Fernando, who was out taking photos, videos and Boomerangs for his ecotourism company. #Boomerang by @fernycarreras

2017/01/14 17:03:45
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A farmer and his canine companion end a long day of work on their farm. “The man is a very nice and generous guy, and the dog seems to have the same personality of its owner,” says Sergio Ranalli (@sergio_ranalli) who captured this moment in Brazil. “It is a beautiful friendship — full of fellowship, respect and trust.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @sergio_ranalli

2017/01/14 16:00:27
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Photographer Thiago Cavalcanti’s (@thiagocavalcantifotografia) office is a big, beautiful coral reef, but he assures us: this perfectly timed underwater encounter doesn’t happen every day. 🐠 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @thiagocavalcantifotografia

2017/01/13 22:02:10
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfollowthelight The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by the diverse qualities of light — like this one by @xenichez. Here’s how to get started: Play around with different ways light can draw attention to a figure or action — such as a golden halo around a single person or multiple sources of light, adding depth to a scene. Look for situations that are transformed by the position of the sun, like a tree-lined promenade that sings at sunset. Don’t shy away from shooting at night, when beams of light can become subjects in their own right. For example: car headlights that illuminate falling snow. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfollowthelight hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by @xenichez

2017/01/13 16:07:38
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Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) is back out there doing what he loves: performing. “This is one of the first times I’ve played these new songs to fans live,” says Ed, who performed new music off his upcoming album “Divide” at an intimate show in New York City. “I like small concerts, and I like big concerts, too. I just like playing.” Tap our profile pic to experience Ed’s event for yourself. 🎸 His new album drops March 3. ➗

2017/01/12 22:13:43
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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (@b0rdalo_ii), trash is the inspiration for his work, a series of sculptures designed to highlight issues of pollution and waste. Look at the form of one of Artur’s larger-than-life flamingos, bears or skunks, and then look again, but closer. “Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail,” says Artur of the materials he uses, which are found in junkyards, abandoned factories or through corporate recycling programs. “I’m inspired by my life experiences and everything around me — the real world.” Photo by @b0rdalo_ii

2016/11/11 15:59:46
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“As an amputee, I don’t want to be known as someone that lost their leg in Iraq. I want to be known for what I’ve done since,” says Melissa Stockwell (@mstockwell01), a Paralympian and US veteran. “The things I’ve done with one leg are much greater than what I ever would’ve done with two legs.” Melissa co-founded @dare2tri_, a paratriathlon club serving athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments — including fellow service members. She’s an inspiration for so many but her greatest pride is right at home. “My son is old enough where he can walk around the house and he points to my prosthetic leg and he says, ‘Mama, Mama,’” Melissa says. “He’s going to grow up knowing that his mom only has one leg but she can still do so much. Being a mom kind of brings it all together.” #VeteransDay Photo by @mstockwell01

2016/06/30 21:04:03
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It’s been a few weeks since Instagram received a makeover — and community members all over the world have been making it their own through #myinstagramlogo interpretations like this one. Moscow-based photographer and social media manager Misha Pozharitsky (@pozharic) made his caffeinated interpretation in a furniture showroom and captioned the cozy creation with: “Instagram warms ☕️.” And his creativity warms our ❤️. Photo by @pozharic

2016/12/10 22:03:24
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Victor Murillo Clavé (@vitex) of Catalonia, Spain, was playing with some decorative string lights when his cat crouched into position. How did he get that intense gaze? Some yummy treats. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of temptations — chicken and cheese!” Each week we look back and highlight some of our favorite voices from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @vitex

2016/10/01 21:00:55
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🌈 + 🐶 = ❤ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @shibainu_non

2016/10/31 23:07:44
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Dark skies match dark stares — this Halloween portrait of the Mele family (@a.social.life) raises the quintessential skeleton costume to a new level of spooky. The goal of #WHPsupernatural was to make photos and videos of otherworldly scenes, follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions this week. Photo of @a.social.life by @nickmelephotography

2016/10/30 15:00:31
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Along California’s Highway 1, Jim Mangan (@jimmangan) found a piece of art that doubles as a riddle. “I like the idea of someone contemplating whether or not the silhouette of the woman sitting under the tree is real or a sculpture,” says the photographer. “There’s a moment of contemplation, mystery.” #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @jimmangan

2016/06/28 21:01:32
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Pencil tips, pumpkin seeds and grains of rice — with the precision of a surgeon, Salavat Fidai (@salavat.fidai) creates miniature masterpieces out of tiny, fragile materials. “Two years ago, I left my high-paying management position in law to become a freelance artist. I reclaimed my life at 41,” says Salavat, who lives in Ufa, Russia. He now dedicates his energy to his family and his carved pencils project, popular all over the world. “It’s like meditating,” says Salavat of his artistic process. “I’m both extremely focused and relaxed. I switch off from the world, and my whole universe contracts to the size of a needle hole. It feels like I’m transcending to another reality.” Photo by @salavat.fidai

2016/07/08 21:22:47
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPpostcard The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that capture a sense of place — like this one by @irenelovund. Here's how to get started: Photograph iconic landmarks (like the Louvre in Paris) in surprising ways by shooting from unexpected angles and layering other elements into your frame to show more of the surrounding scene. Take time to absorb your surroundings and make an image that captures what is most unique about being there in person — whether that means pulling back to show the scale of a shopping district or getting up close with a native plant. Go beyond the limits of a traditional postcard: Create a video with ambient sound that transports the viewer — like the rushing of a waterfall or the sounds of traffic moving through a vibrant urban scene. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPpostcard hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by @irenelovund

2016/11/12 03:18:13
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For the past four years, Richard Phibbs (@richardphibbs) has photographed animals rescued by the Humane Society of New York (@humanesocietyny). “I thought if I took portraits of homeless animals then these images would help them find a loving, forever home,” says Richard. Almost all of the animals he’s photographed have found homes — including his new dog, Finn. “I had lost my much-loved dog one year before, so I was not sure I was ready,” he says. “When I picked up the little guy to put him in front of the camera I could feel in my heart he was the one.” The project’s success rate has been incredibly gratifying for Richard, a fashion and portrait photographer. “To see a sweet, homeless dog find a home is the best feeling ever,” he says. “I think these images also awaken and enlighten people to see not only the value and beauty of shelter animals but the value and importance of all living beings.” Photo by @richardphibbs

2017/01/15 21:55:53
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Fog as far as the eye can see. David Afandi (@maspeot) shares a tranquil moment overlooking the view from Bukit Panguk Kediwung, Indonesia. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @maspeot

2016/11/13 22:01:33
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Stefan Mahlknecht (@stefan_mahl) shares the view of an Italian cathedral nestled into a mountain overlooking a valley that left him “totally speechless.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @stefan_mahl

2016/10/29 20:54:14
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Four furry ghosts look ready for Halloween ... but not for long. “The biggest challenge was to position the dogs and dress them with the blankets. Overall, the shoot lasted no more than five minutes,” says Gabi Stickler, who’s pup Mali (@mr.goldenretriever_mali) appears on the far left. “In our small town, the children look forward to Halloween and run from house to house. Mali will be, as long as he wants to be, a ghost.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @mr.goldenretriever_mali

2016/09/03 21:02:47
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When life hands you an open road and a fallen tree tunnel, you hop on your longboard — in leather booties. Anthony Garcia (@anthaang) snapped this sun-drenched shot of his girlfriend Rebecca Granados (@reeebecky) in Sequoia National Park: “One of the most underrated national parks in California,” he calls it. “Not only did we catch a beautiful sunrise that day, but we managed to skate, jump inside a swimming hole and encounter two beautiful waterfalls I never even knew existed.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @anthaang

2016/12/11 16:00:00
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Patience was the key to capturing this steam train chugging through the Scottish Highlands. “After about two hours and a half of waiting, we heard the sound of an old steam locomotive coming through the mountains,” says 19-year-old photographer and student Lukas De Groodt (@lukasdegroodt). “I had exactly the same view inside my head as the ending result displays.” Photo by @lukasdegroodt

2016/12/17 16:00:23
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Naoto (@7010._.5) took in the dazzling lights of “Kobe Luminarie” in Japan. The commemorative installation of 200,000 hand-painted lights stands for the memory of the lives lost and those affected in the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. Photo by @7010._.5