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On our story: yo-yo champion Thawhir Iqbal (@thawhir) — and his friends Ian (@iansorandom) and Marcus (@marcusk0h) — show off their skills in Singapore. “Apart from winning competitions, the best part of yo-yoing is to be able to make friends and connections with other people who share the same passion as me worldwide,” says 19-year-old Thawhir, who is a six-time Singapore national champion. “I do love to share my passion to non-yo-yo players whenever they ask about it. It makes me happy when I see the amazement on their faces when I showcase to them what modern yo-yoing looks like.”
#Boomerang by @chu_morr
We’re jumping for joy with today’s #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Teresa Argudo (@chu_morr) captured this lovely leap of her daughter’s new rhythmic gymnastics team. “After three months training together, this #Boomerang was made after her first participation in a local festival.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. It might show up here on @instagram.
Featured photo by @natchitwood
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthankful
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of the people, places and things you are most grateful for in your everyday life, as in this featured photo by Natalie Chitwood (@natchitwood). Here are some tips to get you started:
Make portraits of the people that matter to you most — from a best friend to a mentor, a coach or a parent. Furry companions count, too!
How do you express your thankfulness through action? Capture the ways you show that you’re grateful to those around you, like baking cookies for family or volunteering time to help your community.
Use your captions to give meaning and context to your photos and videos. Well-chosen words can make a photograph even more powerful.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPthankful 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.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño, better known as Maluma (@maluma), to give up soccer as a teenager in order to pursue music. But last night as he performed at the Latin Grammys (@latingrammys) in Las Vegas, where he was nominated for multiple awards, the choice felt increasingly right. “It is an honor,” says Maluma. “Having those multiple nominations makes me reflect on what a great year 2017 has been, and how far I’ve come.”
From the dressing room to the stage, spend the evening at the Latin Grammys with Maluma — all on our Instagram story.
Video by @_pizzicato_
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Buona (@_pizzicato_), an exotic shorthair cat from Japan. This 2-year old fierce feline is equal parts sulky and sweet. She’s known to turn up her tail to treats if she’s not in the mood, but also loves making little sounds and curling up close to get your attention.
Watch today’s story to see learn more about Buona’s world — not to mention, her chic style.
Photo of @juliomorel94 and @scarguemez by @omarzrobles
When photographer Omar Robles (@omarzrobles) thinks of Latin American culture, “solidarity” is the word that comes to mind. “We generally seek each other and try to help each other as much as we can,” says the New York City-based photographer, who is originally from Puerto Rico. Before he worked as a photographer, Omar studied mime in Europe under French actor Marcel Marceau. “You can create stories in photography without using words,” Omar notes, of the connection between his past and present pursuits.
These days, he’s busy bringing visibility to another group of artists: ballet dancers. “Whenever people think of ballet and dance in general, hardly anyone thinks about Latin America. What’s interesting is that many of the major companies in the world have actually had principal dancers that are from Latin American countries. There is a strong tradition and there is a lot of talent,” he says.
For a closer look at Omar’s dance photography series, check out our Instagram story.
Photo by @thebirrell
Lachlan Birrell (@thebirrell) grabbed a pal and a skateboard and headed outside in South Australia. “I always try to use natural light in my shots,” says Lachlan. “The warmth of the golden sunlight is my favorite aspect of this picture — that, and the memories of having a good time with friends.” #WHPfindthelight
Photo by @aljvd
At the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, Altamash Javed (@aljvd) took this nuanced photo. “I saw a group of men standing in a glow beyond the glass, so I lifted my camera and made sure to focus on them,” he says. “I like that it’s also kind of a self-portrait.” #WHPfindthelight
#Boomerang by @kinglimaa
As the first high-fashion model to wear a hijab on runways around the world, 20-year-old Somali-American Halima Aden (@kinglimaa) recognizes the importance of embracing differences. “My childhood taught me to dream beyond borders,” says Halima, who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. “When we are stripped of everything, we find that we are all the same.” Halima’s choice to wear her hijab has made fashion headlines — and, she hopes, motivated others. “My hijab represents my own definition of modesty and freedom to dress how I like,” she says. “It has allowed me to inspire young women everywhere to pursue their dreams while still upholding their values.”
Celebrating #WorldKindnessDay alongside other fashion industry insiders, Halima is sharing some of her favorite #KindComments. “It’s very important that we use our platforms to share kindness and meaningful posts,” she says. “A kind comment can change a person’s life.” Watch it on our story now.
Sticker by @sublinhando
Photo by @karinpyong
For freelance illustrator Karina Doniho (@karinpyong), there’s magic in watercolors. “I am entranced by them,” says Karina. “The colors are beautiful and so much can be done with them.” Two years ago, Karina left Indonesia to study fine art at a university in Yokohama, Japan. “I get inspiration from the world around me,” she says. “Little experiences can occur at any time, and I use them in my paintings.”
See more of her work and her process on today’s Instagram story.
Photo by @jessemarlow
On a slightly windy day, patience paid off for Jesse Marlow (@jessemarlow) while taking photos at the Victoria Derby, an annual horse racing festival. “I set myself up on a corner where people walking by were illuminated by the afternoon sun, and then it was just a case of waiting for the right moment,” he says. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @connieallen_photo
Every morning, researcher Connie Allen (@connieallen_photo) wakes up to a chorus of starlings and hornbills singing, lions roaring in the distance and on less fortunate days, monkeys climbing all over her tent. “I first moved to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park [in Botswana] two years ago, and quickly fell in love with the bush life,” says Connie. “I live permanently in the park with the team from Elephants for Africa, a NGO dedicated to improving the relationship between elephants and the communities here.” Her main focus of research is understanding the social behaviors of male African elephants. “Up until now the majority of social studies on elephant have been on females,” Connie explains. “Like many people, I have been fascinated by and drawn to elephants for as long as I can remember. As I grew up, and their future became increasingly threatened, I became more and more determined to make my contribution to improving our understanding of these magnificent creatures and help in their conservation.”
Spend a day with Connie and the elephants. It’s on our Instagram story right now.
#Boomerang by @nicandthenewfie
Starring in our #BoomerangOfTheWeek: Gary the Cat, taking in a lovely Connecticut morning. “This time of year, the chipmunks love to run back and forth on that fence. I put him up on the post to give him a good view,” says Gary’s human, small business owner Nicola Armster of @nicandthenewfie. “Gary is really just the happiest if he can sit in a spot and watch small animals run around.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. It might show up here on @instagram.
Featured photo by @laporterouge
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfindthelight
Light, camera, action! This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that showcase light in beautiful and diverse ways, as in this featured photo from Nadia (@laporterouge). Here are some tips to get you started:
Light transforms ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones. Take a photo of the morning light as it pours into your kitchen, or during a sunset stroll.
Have an outdoor portrait session with a friend. Try going during the golden hour, or find a perfectly and naturally illuminated wall to use as your backdrop.
Play with time and light together by photographing the same subject in the morning, afternoon and evening. Use multi-post to show how the light changes the scene throughout the day.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfindthelight 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.
On the day of her latest album release, “reputation,” Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) spent some time in New York City with her cats, Meredith and Olivia, and rehearsed for her upcoming performance on “Saturday Night Live.” Tune in to our story, or, as Taylor says, “Come hang with me at SNL rehearsals and check in with the kitty committee!”
Photo by @marioromero186
Becoming an elite commando wasn’t an especially realistic goal for Mario Romero (@marioromero186). The New Jersey native had 20/400 vision, an arrhythmia of the heart and weighed 135 pounds (61 kilograms) — but he was undaunted. “I refused to give up,” he recalls. “I trained even harder.” Ultimately, the then small-but-determined recruit survived the grueling training it takes to become a US Navy SEAL, then served three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After nine years in the military, the now 34-year-old embarked on a new pursuit: a mathematics degree at Columbia University in New York City. Now, he has a new goal of one day working at NASA. “It all started with books,” he says, remembering the historical images of World War II that inspired him to enlist. “If I could contribute towards a greater good, I was going to.” Watch our story to see more of Mario’s life, then and now, in honor of #VeteransDay in the United States. This holiday is observed on November 11.
Photo by @johngreenwritesbooks
Author John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) has been writing stories since he was a kid — but knows there’s still room to grow. “Writing isn’t something I feel good at — it’s something I want to get better at,” says John. “I really enjoy the process of trying to find a better way to communicate thoughts and feelings and experiences using scratches on a page. It’s a source of real joy for me.”
John’s most recent novel, “Turtles All the Way Down,” tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who struggles with mental illness. “Part of what has made my own mental illness challenging for me has been that I often feel extremely alone in it and isolated by it,” says John. “I hope the story helps people who are struggling with intrusive thoughts or anxiety disorders feel less alone in that.”
This fall, John and his younger brother Hank (@hankgreen) performed in cities across the United States for the “Turtles All the Way Down” book tour. Watch our story to catch up with them in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Photo illustration by @_chakmkit
Thanks to the magic of post-production, Chak Kit (@_chakmkit) and his wife were able to take photos of their shiba inu, Tachi, at different points along this spiral structure and combine them into one image. “I like the expressions of my doggy the most,” says Chak. “He is really cute.” #WHPpetproject
Photo by @yamtails
Pumpkin, Rocky, Yam and Carbon posed together just long enough for Jordan Tharp (@yamtails) to capture the moment. “It shows the personality of my dogs and cats so well,” she says. “I pride myself on having such a cohesive pack of animals.”
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPpetproject.
“Sirenas” (@sirenas_) translates to mermaids in Spanish, making it the perfect name for this crew of synchronized swimmers and underwater acrobats. “We believe it is a figure that represents us,” says member Giovanna Bueno. “We certainly intend to make the myth of mermaids a reality with all our sweetness, charm and beautiful movements.” The Sirenas have performed and practiced together for 10 years in Rio de Janeiro. “Our harmony goes far beyond the pool,” says Giovanna. “We are true sisters!”
Dive into today’s story to see more.