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Sea Monster! We owe this sighting in Boston’s Charles River to Eric Latimer (@epekho).
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project #WHPdrawit.
Photo illustration by @epekho

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Illustrator Jaesuk Kim (@jaesukkim) creates whimsical, swirling gowns for his imaginary muses — he calls them his “SusuGirls.” It always starts with a silhouette. “I add shapes, lines and textures spontaneously to create an abstract and fluid form to represent couture-like dresses,” Jaesuk, who splits his time between Seoul and Sydney, says. One of his favorite techniques involves a watercolor brush pen. “I squeeze water droplets from the brush, then watercolors are added onto these droplets.” Jaesuk urges other artists to never fear mistakes: “I think the beauty of watercolor is that even if you make a mistake, it somehow adds a special touch to it.”
This story is part of our new series #FashionIllustrated, stories of artists from around the world who are using their imaginations to bring style to life.
Video by @jaesukkim

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From way up here, all those beach umbrellas look like 🍬! We love the yummy summer colors in this photo from Okinawa, Japan, by Takahiro Taguchi (@tak_tag). Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.

Photo by @tak_tag

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Parque das Nações Indígenas, in Campo Grande, Brazil, was taken over by a sea of red waves (and curls) this week. When Murilo Lorentz (@loucolorentz) learned about the local redhead gathering, he knew he wanted to capture the special occasion. “I just wanted to convey all this beauty in various shades.”
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @loucolorentz

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“Watching the pageantry and super-stylized outfits and hairstyles, one might sometimes lose sight of the statements being made at Afropunk (@afropunk). Identity and defining one’s own beauty is a huge and important part of what is being celebrated at the festival. Feathers, placards, pins, African cloth, elaborate earrings, septum [piercings] and even colorful socks are here at some point, echoing a belief in the many spectrums of beauty.” —photographer and activist Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye), who was on the ground at the Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn last year.
Watch our Instagram story this weekend to check out all of the eclectic, diverse and inspiring moments from this year’s festival.
Photo by @ruddyroye

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This weekend, Julia Blease (@juliablease) combined her Instagram story drawing skills with a Boomerang bubble to make a #WHPdrawit submission that truly pops.
Stay tuned for more of our favorite images from the project.
#Boomerang by @juliablease

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Tonight, the @mtv Video Music Awards are happening in New York City. Beyoncé is there. Plus Kanye and Rihanna and... Come to think of it, most of the music world will be in attendance. So sit back, relax and check out our Instagram story, where we’ll be going behind the scenes to capture the night’s fun and crazy moments (because you know they’re coming). #VMAs

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Every week, we’re showcasing some of the most creative community hashtags on Instagram. Today we’re highlighting #PlantsOnPink. “I like the hashtag because it is a meditation on color,” explains painter Stella Maria Baer (@stellamariabaer). “I spend a lot of time thinking about the colors of the desert in the Southwest where I grew up. Adobe walls often show up in the #PlantsOnPink photographs, some from my hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico.” The cactus gardens of Arizona and California are the perfect place to snap a photo and contribute to the hashtag, but for those who can’t travel so far, Stella assures us: any pink wall will do.
Photo by @stellamariabaer

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#RunwayForAll means we all have beauty in us,” says Benjamin Ryan Melzer (@egoshooter), who lives in Germany. “People told me I couldn’t model,” he says. “I’m not talented. I’m not tall enough. I’m not good at telling stories through pictures. Today, I’m proof they were wrong.” Benjamin was named Yvonne when he was born. During his transition from female to male, he asked his parents what they would have named him if he was born a boy. “My mother said Benjamin, and my father said Ryan,” he says. “So they chose my new name.” About a year and a half ago, Benjamin flew to London for his first photo shoot. “The moment I stood in front of the camera I wasn’t nervous anymore,” he says. “It felt like home for me.”
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring models who are redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the #RunwayForAll.
Photo by @egoshooter

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What’s life like for a young joey at the Kangaroo Sanctuary (@thekangaroosanctuary)? “You’ve got to imitate mom’s pouch. For a little orphaned kangaroo, we put him in a pillowcase, and we carry him around by holding him to our stomachs, so he can feel our breathing and the warmth of our bodies,” says Christopher “Brolga” Barns, who spent a decade as a zookeeper before establishing 200 acres (81 hectares) of bushland in Alice Springs for raising and rehabilitating kangaroos, earning himself the nickname Kangaroo Dundee. “It’s a very common animal in Australia, and we take it for granted. So I wanted to set up a place that celebrates the animal.” Brolga leads tours of the sanctuary — which many visitors are surprised to learn don’t begin until sunset. “A lot of people are unaware that they’re actually a nocturnal animal,” he explains. Despite his love for raising ‘roos, Brolga’s overarching mission is to promote a natural coexistence. “It is really a lifelong dream to be able to have wild animals in your care, and to watch them grow up; and then one day, if everything goes well, watch them run off into the sunset and live a wild life.”
Video by @thekangaroosanctuary

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“Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.” RIP #GeneWilder
Video by @theartistshag

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“I like to stage shapes with unusual settings to create a unique and original picture,” says Tony Noël (@tony_noel), who collaborates with friends to show off impressive stunts and stunning views of his home city of Lyon, France. We love this moment of suspension, but we had to ask: Did his airborne friend stick the landing? “He always lands like a cat,” says Tony. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @tony_noel

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Our #BoomerangOfTheWeek = a quick break from swimming and playing at Nipah Beach in Lombok, Indonesia. Ijang Syamsuri (@ijangsyamsuri) set up his camera to take this brave and sandy selfieboom. 🌴 😎
Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community.
#Boomerang by @ijangsyamsuri

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdrawit
The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that spring to life with your own original drawings — like this one by @smcmennamy. Here’s how to get started:
Transform any photo or video from your Instagram story into a doodle masterpiece by mixing and matching the built-in drawing tools and then share directly to your feed!
Don’t feel confined to a pencil and paper: Experiment with drawing in the sand, foggy windows or any other canvas that you find. Use Boomerang to capture a satisfying final touch, like the last loop to close a flower.
Set your phone or camera on a steady surface (or a tripod) and envision the fixed frame as a blank page to be filled. Think big: If you point your lens at an empty sidewalk, fill the entire frame with chalk art.
Challenge yourself to try something new. For example, have a friend record your attempt to draw with your eyes closed or draw an urban scene without letting yourself lift your drawing utensil from the surface you’re drawing on. Be sure your video shows the context that makes your drawing experiment unique.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPdrawit 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 video by @smcmennamy

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There’s an intimate connection between Hiba Nabulsii (@hibanabulsii) and the people she photographs — one she can only explain with her camera. “It’s like we don’t even need to speak to understand each other,” the 20-year-old Jordanian art student says. In the battle between words and pictures, Hiba’s victor is clear. “I don’t know how to reflect my thoughts in words or writing, but I know how to convey them through photographs,” she says. "I like taking photos of people when they’re happy or are in a state of creativity and contemplation,” Hiba explains. “All these moments I capture build up to reflect my own world.”
Photo by @hibanabulsii

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“Life is not just about winning and losing — it’s about developing and growing along the way,” says tennis champion and men’s singles number one Novak Djokovic (@djokernole), the top seeded contender at the US Open, kicking off this week in New York City. Off court, Novak is committed to his healthy lifestyle. “To feel good and to perform like a true champion, no matter where we play the game of our lives, we need to sync our physical, mental and emotional selves.” What’s next on the horizon? “You would be surprised how many goals and plans I have,” Novak says. “There are so many things I would still love to learn, to accomplish and to taste. I hope every one of my future endeavors will be intertwined with love, which doesn’t cost anything, but is so powerful on so many levels.”
Photo by @djokernole

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Ley Uwera (@leyuwera1) was on a motorcycle when she snapped this photo of a two-wheeled wedding procession in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. “In Congo, each province or city celebrates marriage to the standards of its culture,” says the photographer from Goma, who shares vibrant moments from her native country. “The images speak for themselves even for those who have never visited the Congo.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @leyuwera1

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“There are many scenes happening in India at the same time,” says photographer Elena del Estal (@elenadelestal) who spotted these goats just before sunset outside of Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, in the town of Tiruttani. “Often you can find animals like goats or cows around the temples, being fed by the leftovers of believers’ offerings to the gods.”
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @elenadelestal

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What better way to celebrate #NationalDogDay than to focus on furry friends that need a family? Emma Scott and her longtime friend Sally Roney have rescued and found homes for more than 200 dogs through their nonprofit, the Northwest Dog Project (@nwdogproject), a doggie oasis located outside Eugene, Oregon, that is celebrating its two-year anniversary this month. “We still have the dogs that we got when we were 18; Kyle is my old guy’s name and Gracie is Sally’s girl’s name,” says Emma. “They have taught us so much over the years and were truly our inspiration; we wanted to help give dogs that need a chance the same opportunity at life we were able to give Kyle and Gracie.” Some days can be tough, but Emma says they wouldn’t have it any other way: “It’s the kind of work that you really dump your heart and soul into.”
By expanding their reach on Instagram, the pair have placed many pups in forever homes and received support and donations from all over the world.“Sometimes we’ll even get donations from places like New Zealand and other far-away countries,” Emma says. “If it wasn’t for Instagram, we would have no way of connecting with these people.”
To learn more about @nwdogproject and the amazing dogs they rescue, check out our Instagram story. Photo by Jamie Opra for @nwdogproject

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To celebrate the Centennial of the US National Park Service, photographer Chris Burkhard (@chrisburkard) is exploring Montana’s Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) and taking us along on his breathtaking adventure. Watch our Instagram story to follow Chris as he takes in the tall peaks, clear waters and hidden treasures that make Glacier National Park magical. 🌲✨ #FindYourPark
Photo by @chrisburkard