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2017/01/21 21:56:46
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Maestro, please! 🎹 Ukrainian basketball freestyler (and part-time model) Anatoliy Lutytskyi (@anatoliystun) may not technically be able to play the black and white keys, but that didn’t stop him from creating our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. This dramatic loop from the 24-year-old came to life in a single take. #Boomerang by @anatoliystun

2017/01/21 17:03:36
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In Puebla, Mexico, Rodrigo Villanueva Carmona (@rodrigopinanueva) dramatically fills the space during #emptymuseoamparo. Being greeted with smiles and hugs by fellow Instagrammers was one of the best ways to start this new year, says Rodrigo. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @rodrigopinanueva

2017/01/21 16:00:06
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“When meeting wild animals, I always feel gifted to be able to capture such sincere moments,” says Valérie Derome-Massé (@valerie_deromemasse), a photographer and aspiring architect in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. “This particular encounter with this bird made me feel instantly at peace,” she says. “When you’re photographing a moving animal, finally getting the perfect shot makes for an unspeakable feeling of satisfaction.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @valerie_deromemasse

2017/01/20 22:18:53
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfamilypet The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by a favorite pet. Here’s how to get started: What makes your furry (or feathered or scaly) subject special? Highlight their personality through a unique trick or physical trait or how they fit in as a member of your family. Tell a story from your animal’s point of view, like a video that follows a day in their life or a Boomerang that captures the pure joy of catching a Frisbee. If you don’t have a pet, or want to find alternative sources of inspiration, consider other animal encounters, like feeding birds in the morning from your porch or crossing paths with a deer on your lawn. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfamilypet 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 @penguinthemagpie

2017/01/20 17:04:18
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Since Thomas Jefferson’s time, the United States Marine Band has provided the soundtrack to the presidential inauguration. Pancho Bernasconi (@floodthezone) photographed Lt. Col. Jason Fettig leading the band in rehearsals. This weekend, Pancho is on the ground, covering the transition of power from Barack Obama (@barackobama) to Donald Trump (@realdonaldtrump) in Washington, DC. Photo by @floodthezone

2017/01/19 23:23:13
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Caroline Nguyen (@tit3.viet) is proof you don’t need a ton of space to be creative — she makes the majority of her self-portraits from her bedroom, drawing inspiration from her everyday life and a passion for Japanese manga culture. “I really like this style,” says 23-year-old Caroline, who lives in France. In many of her posts, she shares supportive words, inviting people to overcome their struggles and hang-ups. “Very often, I base my work on my own experience. I also sometimes write fictional stories about subjects that are more or less taboo that might affect my readers: young parents, lust, racism, anorexia, bulimia and much more,” says Caroline, who has built an active community on her profile. “It’s satisfying to like what you do, but it’s even more satisfying when it’s appreciated by others. I love this interaction and the fact that you can feel close in spite of differences in age, origins, cultures and the distance separating us.” Discover more stories from the French-speaking community on @instagramfr. Photo by @tit3.viet

2017/01/19 19:05:51
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Surrounded by the wild flora of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Lucy Hearn and Lily Daley (@peachesandkeen) describe their workshop spot as a forest paradise. For the past seven years, the best friends have created nature-inspired jewelry and colorful art constructed from foraged plants. These “botanical calamity artworks” are constructed completely by hand, without any computer editing. “Sometimes they take hours to create as we source and arrange each individual detail,” the women explain. “And then they are gone with a gust of wind!” Both Lucy and Lily are moms, but their work remains a focus plus an artistic outlet outside of their everyday lives. In one caption Lucy and Lily suggest another name for the children — “interns in training.” Watch our Instagram story to see the duo put together one of their foraged works of art. 🍃 Photo by @peachesandkeen

2017/01/19 01:54:42
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A pastel sunset paints the water pink in this scene captured by Concha García (@concha__ga) for #WHPfollowthelight. Photo by @concha__ga

2017/01/19 01:01:36
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“I wanted to create a world with rainbows,” says Jhonatas Silva (@jhows_) of his Boomerang submission to last weekend’s hashtag project #WHPfollowthelight. #Boomerang by @jhows_

2017/01/19 00:01:01
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For #WHPfollowthelight, photographer Rohit Vohra (@rohit_apf) captured the play of shadow and light on the streets of Varanasi, India. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to the project this week. Photo by @rohit_apf

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 Sheila (@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.

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

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

2016/06/28 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

2017/01/21 16:00:06
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“When meeting wild animals, I always feel gifted to be able to capture such sincere moments,” says Valérie Derome-Massé (@valerie_deromemasse), a photographer and aspiring architect in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. “This particular encounter with this bird made me feel instantly at peace,” she says. “When you’re photographing a moving animal, finally getting the perfect shot makes for an unspeakable feeling of satisfaction.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @valerie_deromemasse

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

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