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“My wife and I were going to have breakfast with a friend at the Mumbai racecourse, one of the few open spaces in an otherwise over-congested city. When we got there, I saw this light streaming through the trees and I told my wife to go ahead and I would join in a bit,” says Kaushal Parikh, a photographer based in Mumbai. “There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that you might have captured a special moment.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @kaushalpar
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Victor de Valles Ibañez (@victordevalles) dove into a brilliant blue sea cave in the Mediterranean to capture this underwater scene off the coast of Minorca, Spain. Plunging into the sea is nothing new for Victor, who is a lifeguard. “I just jumped in front of the camera. I had to climb 10 meters high to dive deep enough,” he says. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @victordevalles
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We’re heading to sunny Florida for El Clásico Miami, a friendly match between soccer clubs FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) and Real Madrid (@realmadrid). Watch our Instagram story now to see the FC Barcelona players gearing up for the game. ⚽
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A quiet moment, cool mist and a beautiful gateway set the perfect scene in Omachi, Japan. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @jinuco
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“I just wanted a beautiful, different photo,” says 28-year-old Daianni David (@suryaepandora) of her photogenic canine siblings, Surya and Pandora. At first it was difficult to get these two to stay in position, but at just the right moment they struck a pose. “This photo shows the love and companionship of these two sisters,” says Daianni, who lives in Guarapari, Brazil. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @suryaepandora
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“What really inspired me was the calmness of that morning. I felt happy to live where I live,” says Eduardo Oropeza Escamilla (@eduardooropeza), who captured this pop of color in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “I appreciate the fact that this photo wasn’t even planned. In moments like that when the landscape, the weather and friends all comes together, it enhances your creativity.” Photo by @eduardooropeza #TheWeekOnInstagram
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtalentshow The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that show off a talent or passion — like this video by Nico Frank (@nicofrankfb) showing off some fingerboarding flips. Whether your talent shines on paper, in motion or in some other medium, here’s how to get started: Highlight how you’ve added your own personality to a skill, or taken what you’ve learned to a new level — such as adding custom art to your musical instrument, or adding a new step to a dance routine. It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken lessons for years or if you’re self-taught, use your caption to celebrate your progress and how far you’ve come. On a sports field or in the studio, think about how you can use your surroundings to frame your talent to tell more of your personal story. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPtalentshow 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 @nicofrankfb
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Kiana Underwood (@tulipinadesign) doesn’t just stop and smell the roses — she looks for foliage, fruit and other wild things to combine them with. “I believe in creating arrangements that have the movement they would have in nature — asymmetrical, wild and organic,” says Kiana, an Iranian-born, San Francisco-based floral designer who combs the city’s flower mart and her own personal garden to create one-of-a-kind bouquets. Kiana attributes her love for fresh cut flowers to her Persian upbringing — “flowers are such a huge part of our culture, they define our new year” — but making a career out of it was an unexpected choice that came after she was married and raising children. “I never took a lesson from anyone. Flowers were just part of the entertaining and people would comment and ask, ‘Can you teach me how to do it?’” Now, Kiana splits her time between weddings, local photo shoots and teaching her craft around the world, in countries including South Korea, Italy and Ukraine. “When I first started in this business, I didn’t have events. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to achieve what you want. I also believe that you are constantly evolving. It’s funny, I once wanted to be a diplomat and here I am, traveling and making so much beauty.” Watch our story now to see how Kiana brings a blossoming bouquet to life. 💐 Photo by @tulipinadesign
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Surfers on the Eisbach channel in Munich caught the eye of California native Carla Cuares (@wandermom28) for our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. “It was thrilling to see them tackle the water in such a very narrow stream,” says Carla. Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next #Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @wandermom28
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Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is bounding in from Oakland, California. Meet Birch (@thatdoodbirch), a goldendoodle that is sometimes described by his human as part bunny. When he’s not leaping down a grassy hill, Birch can be found chasing his ball at the beach or going for romps with his doodle friends. Follow @thatdoodbirch to tag along on his adventures.
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Mohammed Elshamy (@elshamyme) is still looking for a home. Born in Cairo, raised in Lagos and working around the world as a photojournalist since the age of 17, he recalls a life as an outsider. “When I was only a few weeks old, my family moved to West Africa, where I spent most of my formative years. In Nigeria, I went to a public school and, despite being African myself, I could never feel welcome in the place I spent most of my life in — I did not look like I belonged.” Now 23 years old and based in New York, Mohammed is weary, but still pursuing his journey. “It’s very challenging to be an Arab Muslim during the rise of extreme voices around the world calling for a refugee lockdown, violence against Muslims and further marginalizing minority and vulnerable populations,” he says. “But I find it very important to witness and document this dark but historic era.” #WhereIComeFrom Photo by @elshamyme
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Vicky Graham’s Plan A was to open up a doughnut and coffee shop that was simple and authentic. But then she started experimenting, and people liked what she was coming up with. And then the special requests started pouring in — which quickly turned into Plan B, Vicky’s Donuts (@vickysdonuts), the two-year-old East London doughnut shop that’s already won taste-test awards. “I don’t think people had really seen anything like them before, and it was really working,” says Vicky of her vibrant colors and unique combinations. “I haven’t looked back!” Vicky isn’t content to stick to one flavor or design. While she occasionally dots her doughnuts with edible flowers or gold leaf, she doesn’t shy away from old favorites, like chocolate glaze with sprinkles. And she often dreams up unconventional designs and shapes, such as wedges decorated to look like pepperoni pizza slices or rings dipped in lime icing and striped with white to mimic tennis balls. “They are just really fun to do,” says Vicky of her creations. “And because they are deep-fried, the wait time is two minutes — instant gratification!” Watch our Instagram story now to see Vicky’s doughnut decorating in action. Photo by @vickysdonuts
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