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“Happy weekend, and don’t forget to go to the beach 🌊 ,” writes Muhammad Solihin ( @msholihinn) from Batam, Indonesia. This lovely seaside loop = our BoomerangOfTheWeek. Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. Boomerang by @msholihinn

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Weekend Hashtag Project: WHPgoodnight For some, the world goes to sleep at night. For others, it comes alive. This weekend, the goal is to capture both sides of that spectrum: the bright energy and the quiet rest. Here are some tips to get you started: Whether it’s calming down or speeding up, notice how the energy shifts. Document your family settling in for dinner or take a Boomerang of your friends hitting the town. Focus on light. Whether it’s the blue hue of dusk spreading over your neighborhood or a city skyline illuminated against the night sky, notice how light changes and evolves from bright to dim. Look beyond your immediate circle — how do other people react to the shift from day to night? Take a portrait of a server heading to work or a video of downtown streets emptying as office workers head home. PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHPgoodnight 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 @2ches

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“I lost my mom when I was 10, and I lost my grandma when I was 21. I realized through therapy that I had anxiety and depression. I try to humanize depression and anxiety a bit by sharing my own story,” says Vivian Nunez ( @vivnunez). She is the founder of Too Damn Young ( @2damnyoung), a community with the sole purpose of letting any grieving teenager know they are not alone. “I don’t think there’s ever a moment where you are done with grief, and I’ve always described it this way: Grief is a thing that you learn to walk alongside of, you never leave it behind. But I remember my mom and my grandma now, and I smile. Writing is a big coping mechanism for me, and it’s a counterbalance. My captions are really long and often heavy in terms of what they’re talking about, but my pictures are really pretty. They remind me how there’s still good in the world, and there are still pretty things in the world even if the day itself was a little bit heavier.” Photo of @vivnunez by @babin

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It’s only been a few months since American football quarterback Deshaun Watson ( @deshaunwatson4) graduated from Clemson University, but he’s already got his eyes on the next prize: his first season in the National Football League. “Everyone wants to win Super Bowls, but in my rookie season, I would love to earn a starting position that can give me the opportunity to be Rookie of the Year,” says Deshaun. And he’s no stranger to achieving high goals; in just three years at Clemson, Deshaun led his team to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship — only the second in the school’s history — and was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist for outstanding player in college football. After declaring for the NFL draft earlier this year, the day has arrived for Deshaun to find out where he’s heading next. “You can’t control what’s going to happen, so I am trying to enjoy the moment,” he says. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the routine and playing the game I love. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a locker room with a team — I definitely miss it.” Head to @deshaunwatson4 to follow him along on Draft Day. Photo by @deshaunwatson4

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Sweden’s dreamy forests lay the backdrop for sisters Elin, Lovisa and Therese’s ( @sagosystrar) adventures. “We’re driven by our love for fantasy and the dream of feeling like we’re in a fairy tale,” explains Elin. “We do this because of the strong feeling we get when dressing up like this and being in nature. It’s almost like meditation and therapy.” Inspired by medieval times and fantasy movies, the sisters point out that what they do is not LARP (live action role-playing) or cosplay, it’s their own unique variety of self-expression and play. Learn more about the sisters’ fantastical scenes on our Instagram story right now. 🦄✨ Photo of @sagosystrar by Henrik Jensen

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“I’m drawn to fantastical and natural elements and dark edgy humor in my characters and storylines,” says comic book maker Kaveri Gopalakrishnan ( @kaverigeewhiz), who loves drawing the magical stuff in ordinary life, things that come up when she can’t sleep at 4 a.m., and her “gharelu” (plain, introverted) witch girls. Bangalore, India-based Kaveri thinks of herself, and other freelancer friends, as part of this band of imagined female subjects, describing them as “imperfect, maybe cursing a fair amount, handling mood swings and a full-time career, secret ideas and potions that you develop when most of your day is spent with, well, yourself.” Her illustrations span topics like growing up secrets, body positivity, safe urban spaces for women and questions of privacy. Kaveri examines these themes in her own work and with Kadak Collective, a community of South Asian women who collaborate to self-publish their graphic stories and art. Photo by @kaverigeewhiz

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Here are Spanish chef David Montero Miguel’s ( @ricepaella) tricks for the perfect paella: use fresh ingredients, take your time, give it a lot of love and triple sauté the tomatoes. “When I’m cooking, I feel as if my body were just another ingredient in the recipe,” says the former waiter-turned-professional chef, who is based in Valencia. “I let go and improvise with different ingredients and steps. In general, I just feel happy.” Today, David leads cooking workshops where foodies can learn new recipes and disconnect from their daily routine in the kitchen. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @ricepaella

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"Women have always been a part of punk and hardcore, but we've always had to fight for space and recognition. And while that hasn't completely changed, I think in the past few years, more women are getting the recognition they deserve, and then inspiring other women. There's still a long way to go before it's even remotely equal, but I've definitely felt a change. It's very important to me to document people involved in punk and hardcore who have been underrepresented in the past. I can think of so many women who have been forgotten by history — it's heartbreaking. In twenty years, if someone wants to know what hardcore was like in the US in 2017, they're going to see a room full of women participating and supporting each other. That's what I want to preserve." —photojournalist Angela Owens ( @angelaowens) Check out our Instagram story to see more of Angela’s work. Photo by @angelaowens

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We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever. We’ve made it even easier for people across the globe to join the Instagram community, share their experiences and strengthen connections to their friends and passions. With new features like stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, people now have more ways than ever to express themselves and feel closer to what matters to them. From all of us at Instagram, thank you! Photo by @heysp

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Flowers are an endless source of inspiration for Kateryna Dekhtiarenko ( @katska_ya), who took this photo on a sunny day at home in Düsseldorf, Germany. “I like the light and the mystery of objects in shadow,” she says. WHPnaturalbeauty Photo by @katska_ya

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For as long as he can remember, Rubén García Ramos ( @rubnru) has visited the natural pools near his grandmother’s beachside home. “I love how peaceful he looks in the water,” says Rubén, of his floating cousin. WHPnaturalbeauty Photo by @rubnru

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In the rolling mountains of the Eastern US, geotechnical engineer Brad Smith ( @disasterfilm) took his day off during a work trip to see the woods at sunrise. “One morning of nature was exactly what I needed,” he says. Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, WHPnaturalbeauty. Photo by @disasterfilm

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Hello, world! It’s time for today’s WeeklyFluff. BB ( @birdbee0705) is a Japanese white-eye bird who was rescued off the streets of Taipei, Taiwan, when she was just a baby. True to her nickname “Princess,” BB loves getting pampered — especially when she’s massaged or brushed. “We don’t cage her, so she can fly around in our house all day,” explains BB’s human. “No matter which room we go to in our house, she always follows us like a tiny flying puppy.” Video by @birdbee0705

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When Elisa Detrez, one-half of @bestjobers, says hers is the best job in the world, she means it literally. Description? Stargazing in Jordan, swinging in hammocks over sugar-white sand in the Bahamas, exploring the Technicolor markets of India, heli-skiing in a Swiss snow globe. Requirements? “Being curious, open-minded and adaptable,” says Elisa, a 32-year-old former web marketer from France, who snagged the job of her dreams in a 2013 contest. Out of the thousands of applicants competing for one of seven “Best Jobs in the World” with Tourism Australia, Elisa won — she and her partner Max Coquard were assigned to live and travel around Queensland and write a blog for six months. When the adventure ended, neither wanted to go home. “Everyone kept asking us how we could possibly return to a ‘normal life,’” says Elisa, who today with Max, shares tips and details from travels around the globe. “We realized this could be our new life.” 🌏 Photo by @bestjobers

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In Victoria, Australia, Sunny ( @s.wei_) venture out to explore the myteriou, foggy foret. 💨 WHPnaturalbeauty Photo by @s.wei_

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Slowly but surely, greenery takes back control in Artem Rozhnov’s ( @artemi) WHPnaturalbeauty submission. 🌿 Photo by @artemi

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Mother Nature dazzles as the northern lights dance across the sky, illuminating the jagged peaks of Norway’s second-largest island. WHPnaturalbeauty Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @eventyr

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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. ⚽️

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A herd of goats race the setting sun in Madurai, India. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @sreevathsav

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Golden braids match golden cornfields in Veracruz, Mexico 🌽 TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @luzzy_luu

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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

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Passersby stop to watch a dramatic storm roll in off the coast of Itamaracá Island in Brazil. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ytallobarreto

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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“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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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It took Amy Corson ( @amy_corson) a few tries at setting a timer on her camera and hopping under the covers to get a shot she liked, but the playful result was worth the effort. “Good mornings and coffee are pretty synonymous,” she says. “You can’t have one without the other.” WHPgoodmorning Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @amy_corson

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