The highly anticipated matchups between soccer clubs Real Madrid (@realmadrid) and FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) are so hotly contested, they are given their own name: El Clásico. Watch our Instagram story now to see how the Real Madrid players get ready for the big game. ⚽️
A herd of goats race the setting sun in Madurai, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @sreevathsav
Golden braids match golden cornfields in Veracruz, Mexico 🌽 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @luzzy_luu
After 25 years of work, one of the greatest wilderness conservation success stories in history came to fruition — and photographer Jimmy Chin (@jimmy_chin) was there to document it.
Tompkins Conservation, a wilderness protection organization founded by Kris Tompkins and the late Doug Tompkins, made the largest private-to-public land donation in history. The one million acres (405,000 hectares) of land donated by the Tompkins, along with the 10 million (4,050,00 hectares) pledged by the Chilean government, will create five new national parks and expand three others in Chile. “It’s incredibly beautiful terrain and landscapes — coastline, rainforest, glaciated mountains,” says Jimmy, who spent time exploring the vast, now-protected land during the official signing of the agreement between Kris and Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in March.
“Kris and Doug were so passionate about this land and understood its value — not for utilitarian, human needs, but its inherent value to exist on this planet,” says Jimmy. “Humans are so anthropocentric; we think about how things fulfill our needs. But wilderness is above that. It’s beyond us.” #EarthDay 🌎
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
Passersby stop to watch a dramatic storm roll in off the coast of Itamaracá Island in Brazil. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @ytallobarreto
A good splash in the suburbs stars in our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. On a rainy day in New York City, photo editor Kruti Kothari (@o_bani_thani) ventured to New Jersey to visit with a friend over a cup of coffee. “The sun came out just before sunset and gave everything new life. All the kids were running out of their houses with a sense of freedom after a long day at home,” says Kruti. “Adulthood is so much about issues that we forget to lose ourselves in simple joy.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram.
#Boomerang by @o_bani_thani
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPnaturalbeauty
Our planet is a timeless source of discovery, wonder and inspiration. This weekend, let’s celebrate Earth’s beauty.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Spend time in a majestic landscape. Mountains, beaches, plains, forests — our land is diverse and grand, and it would take lifetimes to experience it all. How much can you capture within the frame of one photograph or video? Look for action and movement within the larger scene.
Focus on the smaller details. Our planet may be vast, but there are millions of tiny, beautiful moments playing out in front of us every day: a blooming flower pushing through the cracks in the sidewalk, a trickle of water feeding a small pool in the forest or a tree swaying gently in the breeze.
Keep an eye out for how nature weaves its way into man-made scenes. City and country alike have their own elements of natural beauty.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPnaturalbeauty 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 @livingitrural
At 16 years old, Morgan Hipworth (@bistromorgan) has dreamed up over 2,000 doughnut flavors and opened his own shop, Bistro Morgan, in Windsor, Australia. Unlike most entrepreneurs dealing with the demands of their first business, Morgan is also a full-time high school student. “One of the biggest challenges is time management, managing my time inside of school and getting as much homework as I can done,” he says. “I’m always working around that.” But seeing people take a big bite or shoot one of Morgan’s signature syringes of filling — a concept he created to stand out — is worth the energy and effort. “Food plays such an active part in people’s lives,” says Morgan. “It can determine their mood or how their day is going. I love being a part of that.” #MadeToCreate
Watch Morgan make some of his signature creations right now on our Instagram story!
Photo by @bistromorgan
“I was curious to know what drove people to fight against their neighbors,” says photojournalist Nicole Tung (@nicoletung), who started covering conflict in 2011 amid revolutions in North Africa. More recently, she’s documented the mass displacement of civilians as Iraqi forces battled to retake Mosul from the Islamic State and the daily violence faced by residents of Aleppo, Syria. Nicole covers combat zones, but her focus is on how war affects the most vulnerable, bringing sensitivity and context to fast-changing and dire situations. “You have to show the reality and also not make it this horrible exposé, dramatic thing — which it is,” she says, “but I don’t want it to be sensational.”
Today in Washington, D.C., the International Women’s Media Foundation (@theiwmf) is recognizing Nicole’s work with an honorable mention for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.
Photo by @nicoletung
“Child marriage is a root cause for a lot of the issues that girls face,” says photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix). Her ongoing 15-year series “Too Young to Wed” (@tooyoungtowed) sheds light on the challenges girls face — cyclical poverty, curtailed education, psychological trauma, sexual violence and, at times, the transmission of HIV — when forced to marry at a young age. The work has taken her to numerous countries where the practice is common, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Yemen. “While it has similarities in certain parts of the world, it has differences,” Stephanie says. “There’s different cultural nuances in each place.”
Today in Washington, D.C., the International Women’s Media Foundation (@theiwmf) is celebrating Stephanie with the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. “It’s a little bit bittersweet because the award is in the name of a colleague whose life ended doing this work,” explains Stephanie. “It means even more to be recognized with an award with Anja’s name. We crossed paths several times in Iraq and Afghanistan. I just don’t want to go without saying — it means a lot.”
Photo by @stephsinclairpix
Hello, world! It's time for a hair-raising edition of #WeeklyFluff. Apparently, one cat’s trash is Ryo Yamazaki’s (@rojiman) treasure. Maru (pictured) is one of the three felines whose shed fur is recycled and carefully crafted into hats for cats. Follow @rojiman to keep up with this creative haberdasher’s designs.
There’s a chance underwater athlete Sofía Gómez Uribe (@sofigomezu) is part mermaid. “I feel so at peace and just happy to feel the freedom of being under the sea,” says the 25-year-old from Medellín, Colombia, who holds three Pan-American records in competitive apnea (also known as free diving) — a sport where she descends deep into the ocean, without an oxygen tank.
“It’s what I like to do and what makes me get up in the morning,” says Sofía. “Apnea has taught me to get to know myself, to explore my weaknesses and strengths. Every day, I improve. I’ve learned to make progress and surpass my own limits.”
Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.
Video by @sofigomezu
In the US Pacific Northwest, Joseph Watrous (@gemini_digitized) waited for the perfect morning light to hit the farmland in front of him. “I could wake up here every day and never miss the city!” #WHPgoodmorning
Photo by @gemini_digitized
As often as he can, Behzad Rahmani Poor (@_bezzad) spends the morning with residents at a local homeless shelter in Shiraz, Iran. “The teakettles never stop boiling,” he says. “Drinking tea is the most pleasurable thing they have.” #WHPgoodmorning
Photo by @_bezzad
Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Here’s Manny (@yoremahm) — aka “The Selfie Cat” — who, as you can see, understands the power of a portrait. This rescued gray Tabby is often seen posing with canine pals and is always clawing to be the center of attention in his shots.
Don’t miss any of this outdoor cat’s adventures. Follow @yoremahm stat.
Eight hundred sakura trees live in Tokyo on the Meguro River. Takashi Komatsubara (@takashi_komatsubara) captured one in all its glory at night. 🌸 “The Japanese strongly feel the four seasons in their daily lives,” explains Takashi. “Many people love the cherry blossoms in spring.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @takashi_komatsubara
“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
“Maru has always been a happy dog,” says his human, Risa (@maruhusky). Making this #WHPdisguise submission was as simple as positioning him next to his favorite panda toys. “It’s hard not to smile back when he starts beaming up at you.”
Photo by @maruhusky
In the urban hustle and bustle of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nathalie (@natneuilly) found tranquility in this “paradise of flowers.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @natneuilly
A pod of sleeping spinner dolphins floated by Galen Craddock (@galen.neil) and his friend off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. “When I capture moments like these, I want to inspire others to go out and explore for themselves,” says Galen. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @galen.neil
The stars — and the fog — aligned for Adela Filip (@adelicko) when she walked into the woods near Zagreb, Croatia, one morning and spotted this lone wolf emerging through the trees. “It was a lucky moment,” she says. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @adelicko
Fiesta (@fiestathecat), a posh and playful Jack Russell terrier, peers out at the world from a pool of daisies. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @fiestathecat
“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
Sixteen-year-old Marco Lopez (@exploremarco) spends his weekends traveling to photograph the most beautiful landscapes in Switzerland. “I started photography two years ago. At first, it was just to immortalize memories, but little by little, I started going through tutorials to learn how to use my camera,” says Marco, who lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. These days, the young photographer has invested in a rail pass to travel around Switzerland from top to bottom. “I love walking in the Valais and Grisons. It’s true that I’d love to travel even further. But, in the meantime, I explore my country as much as possible. Later, I would like to become a photographer or a videographer. I want to be able to touch cameras every day.”
To discover more stories from the French-speaking community, follow @instagramfr.
Photo by @exploremarco
Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness.
The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers will come together for Worldwide InstaMeet 15. Join an InstaMeet near you — or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend.
As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.
We also have developed a new, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. Check out instagram-together.com for more information.
Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started.
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From 250 miles (402 kilometers) above Earth, Thomas Pesquet’s (@thom_astro) photos raise our eyes to the stars. The French astronaut, who’s aboard the International Space Station (@iss) for six months, was selected to become an astronaut in 2009. “I began training right away,” says Thomas. “I had to learn Russian, work to stay in peak physical condition and take survival courses. There was also advanced training on how the International Space Station works and how to conduct the scientific experiments that we do aboard.” And, most importantly, he had to learn how to float.
“Floating in microgravity is an amazing feeling,” says Thomas. “You feel so free. At the beginning, I was really awkward — I was trying to do too much too fast. Like riding a bike, it takes time to learn how to do it. But over time, it began to feel more natural. At night, when everyone else is asleep and I have the station to myself, I like to just float for a bit. It totally relaxes me.” When Thomas finally got to the ISS after training, what surprised him most was the beauty of our planet as seen from space. “There are no words, no images that can convey the beauty of the Earth as you soar 250 miles above it,” he says.
Today, we’re celebrating #CosmonautsDay with Thomas. Watch our Instagram story right now to explore life aboard the International Space Station.
Photo by @thom_astro
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
“I don’t normally shoot flowers,” says Yosuke Nishida (@yosuke_0312), but these blooming camellias scattered along a woodland path in Japan changed everything. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @yosuke_0312