Photo by @illustre_inconnu
A French bulldog with a view. 🌊 #WHPpetproject
Photo by @freyaeverafter_
A small + a medium + a large pup, all in a row for #WHPpetproject.
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Twenty-year-old French musician Louane (@louane) sings every single day. “When I was little, my nanny taught me how to sing, and when I was 7 or 8, I learned how to play guitar and piano,” says Louane, who lives in Paris. “Now, I’m already living my dream, and my goal is to keep singing for many more years — forever, if possible!”
With a new album on its way, Louane was nominated for several awards at this year’s NRJ Music Awards (@nrjhitmusiconly), an annual celebration of music held in Cannes, France. “I watched the NRJ Awards on TV when I was a kid, so being a part of it now is incredible,” says Louane, who also performed. “I want to remember every second of it — and give it my best.”
Tune in to our Instagram story to go behind the scenes of the awards with Louane.
Photo by @agusvisconti
Foggy weather on the coast + a chance encounter with wild horses = #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @tony_noel
Photographer Tony Noel Nguyen’s (@tony_noel) work is all about movement. “For this picture, I wanted to show three different disciplines — breakdance, dance and parkour — that are all based on movement and yet, all very different.” 🕺 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @noralorek
For the past two years, photojournalist Nora Lorek worked in the refugee camp in Calais, France, known as “the Jungle.” “I was there six times, and living there for more than two months, collecting stories of the many young men that had escaped war in hope of getting reunited with family and friends in the UK or just to start a new life,” says Nora, who has dual citizenship from Sweden and Germany. Her most recent work for National Geographic, which she is being honored for, continues to document the refugee experience.
Nora is a Getty Images (@gettyimages) Instagram Grant honorable mention recipient. The grant supports photographers who use Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
Watch our Instagram story to see more from Nora and the 2017 Getty Images Instagram Grant recipients.
Photo by @fabolus_vienna
On a road trip toward Iceland’s northern fjords with his girlfriend, Fabian Pfeifhofer (@fabolus_vienna) stopped by this idyllic church. “Exploring is not just about going to a place and taking the perfect photo — it’s about seeing things from different angles.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @maariegibert
Eighteen-year-old Marie Gibert’s (@maariegibert) dog, Plume, has been by her side for eight years. “We are inseparable,” says Marie. “She’s like that friend you’ve had since your childhood who has always been there for you, even if you made lots of mistakes.” 🐶❤️ #TheWeekOnInstagram
#Boomerang by @dinalf
A boy and his soccer ball = inseparable. In our #BoomerangOfTheWeek, Dina Alfasi (@dinalf) captured this loop of her friend’s son in action. “He plays nonstop — just like a Boomerang,” she says.
Featured photo by @yuki.5_
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPpetproject
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that celebrate our furry friends, like this featured photo of Yuki (@yuki.5_), an especially fluff-tastic Angora rabbit from Germany. Here are some tips to get you started:
What are some of your favorite activities to do with your pet? Whether it’s singing with your parakeet or playing with a puppy, capture the moment with a video or Boomerang.
Pets like posing, too. Try using props or setting the scene to take a regal portrait of your favorite fluff.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPpetproject 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.
Video by @bananalawneh
Creative director and photographer Banan Alawneh’s (@bananalawneh) greatest joy is working behind the scenes. “I love creating weird things!” says the 34-year-old from Amman, Jordan, who moved to Dubai for a new career adventure. “The modern city offers high technology and advanced equipment for photography and motion picture,” says Banan of Dubai. She travels often for work (and play) — Barcelona, Paris and Venice are some of her favorite cities — but she’ll always have a soft spot for Amman, and for Jordan. “There is heritage everywhere you look, even in the faces of its people,” she says.
We’re excited to announce that Instagram is now available in three right-to-left languages on Android. We hope even more speakers of these languages are able to share their language and culture with the world and connect with the people and things that matter to them.
It would be hard for actress Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) to name her favorite part of starring in the television show “This Is Us” (@nbcthisisus), but spending time with the cast and crew is high up on the list. “I love the people I get to work with,” she says. “We all really lucked out!” On set in Los Angeles, Mandy spreads her appreciation for those around her with everyday acts of kindness. “I’m a big believer in the golden rule: treating others the way you wish to be treated,” she says. “I always respond to the little things in life, like bringing someone a cup of coffee, an unexpected note or text of gratitude or encouragement or holding the door open. In my mind, kindness is the most worthy virtue and the highest compliment. I strive to live a life of compassion and understanding.”
Tune in to our Instagram story to spend a day on set with Mandy.
Video by @veggiedayz
Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is even better than a pot of gold. 🌈 Meet Rutabaga, Butternut, Heirloom and Sprout, formerly known as the #CSABoxKittens. Serena Boleto (@veggiedayz) has been fostering cats in Philadelphia since 2011 and she always chooses a theme when naming her litter. You’ll be glad to know these four playful cats have all been adopted (hurray!), but Serena currently has another litter — all named for nuts — in need of good homes. Follow @veggiedayz to keep up with Serena and her new crew, #NutsAboutKittens, which includes Mama Macadamia and her seven sweet babies.
Photo by @artelexia
Growing up in Tijuana, Elexia de la Parra was mesmerized by the crafts at local Mexican markets. For the past eight years, she’s owned Artelexia (@artelexia), a shop in San Diego, California, that specializes in handcrafted Mexican gifts, art and decor.
In preparation for Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, she stocked up on the staples: sugar skulls, flowers and candles. But the heart of this holiday is respect. “It’s about remembering your loved ones that have passed away," says Elexia. “It’s about honoring their memory, their tradition.”
Watch our Instagram story now to see Elexia celebrate in Mexico. 💀🌹
Photo by @susanmbradley
Susan Bradley (@susanmbradley) knew that Halloween weekend in Boston would be prime time for people watching. “I had stopped in at a pharmacy and immediately noticed the man in the chicken suit at the counter. Totally casual. So funny!” 🐔 #WHPpretend
Photo by @ilkinkaracan
🍁 > 👧 #WHPseasons
Photo by @damonbeckford
Damon Beckford (@damonbeckford) spent two weeks camping and exploring on Norway’s northern islands when he captured this autumnal image for #WHPseasons. “I like how the colors of the trees pop against the rocky mountain.” 🍁
Photo by @luisarizamx
As the celebrations for Day of the Dead approached in Mexico, photojournalist Luis Ariza (@luisarizamx) headed out with his camera. “I decided to look for a scene in my city that could show the culture, customs and traditions of my country,” he says. #WHPpretend
Photo by @dottidee
“No two kitties are more of a perfect pair than Darwin and Darcy,” writes Sarah (@dottidee) in her caption for #WHPperfectpair.
Photo by @_fabiozingg
Boredom brought Fabio Zingg (@_fabiozingg) to photography. Two years ago, when he was restless on a family vacation, the now 17-year-old from Busswil, Switzerland, picked up a camera for the first time. During the week, he’s a commercial banking apprentice but when the weekend rolls around, he always has his camera in tow. “It is always a new adventure, and I am always impressed with how beautiful nature is,” says Fabio, who is particularly fascinated with playing with range. “The larger a mountain appears and the smaller the person is, the more it becomes clear how small we truly are.”
Explore the Swiss mountain town St. Moritz with Fabio on our Instagram story right now. ⛰
Photo by @felixinden
Autumn's golden light = 🙌🏼✨
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend's hashtag project, #WHPseasons.
Featured photo by @dansmoe
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPseasons
Change is in the air. This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos capturing the signs of a new season, as in this featured photo from Daniel Taipale (@dansmoe). Here are some tips to get you started:
Whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern, nature transforms the landscape this time of year. Head outside to seek inspiration in your surroundings — from the fiery reds and oranges of fall to the bright greens and blues of spring.
What are your favorite activities in the upcoming season? Show us how you welcome the new season through traditions like autumn pumpkin-carving or planting a new garden.
Reflect on what other transitions are taking place in your life, from new classes to new sports seasons.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPseasons 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.
Photo by @ayane7628
It only took 20 or so jumps for Ayane Motomitsu (@ayane7628) to perfect her form in front of this art exhibit in Japan. 🏊♀️ #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @stefano_de_luigi
Oh, hello Liouba the cat. We didn’t see you up there. 😸 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @itachousan
Up, up and away! #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @milkwood_permaculture
From the golden pellets of sprouted grain they feed their chickens to the ingredients that make it to their kitchen table for supper, nearly every bite of food Kirsten Bradley and her family eats is grown on the sustainable farm where they live in Victoria, Australia. “Homegrown food tends to be very delicious,” she says. Kirsten is part of Milkwood (@milkwood_permaculture), a school where people can learn how to build sustainable farm systems. Along with an extended community of educators, Milkwood offers courses on everything from natural beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to biointensive growing, an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximize harvest in small spaces.
Soon it’ll be growing season in Australia, so Kirsten's family is busy planting tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings and making sure the bees pollinate their fruit trees in hopes of a big summer bounty. And then? They wait. “Growing of food is not an instant process, and it needs patience and perseverance,” she says. “But watching people bloom out of consumerism into makers and doers is really quite beautiful.” #WorldFoodDay
Watch our Instagram story to see what life is like at Milkwood.
Featured photo by @_nguan_
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmyeveryday
There’s beauty in the everyday. This week, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture moments from your daily life, as in this featured photo from @_nguan_. Here are a few tips to get you started:
As you go about your routine, note the shapes, shadows and colors you pass by. What details stand out when you pay attention?
Take portraits of the people you regularly spend time with, like your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Use your camera to explain a part of your daily life and culture to someone who lives on the other side of the world.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPmyeveryday 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.
Photo by @its_jjayjay
Nico the golden retriever was in the right place at the right time with his human friend Julian Troi (@its_jjayjay) to catch this stunning scene in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. “We were surrounded by wind and snow, but soon the fog disappeared and the sun shone through the clouds,” says Julian. “Even Nico seemed to be really impressed by the scenery.” 🐶 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @tetsu6o6
Tetsu Ishikawa (@tetsu6o6) captured the hustle and bustle of Osaka Station. “I like the color and speediness of this photo,” he says. 🚕 #TheWeekOnInstagram