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“I can’t really say I had any female riders to look up to,” says motocross champion Vicki Golden (@vgolden423). As a three-time X Games gold medalist, and the first female to qualify for Supercross and Arenacross, the 24-year-old from Southern California is paving the way for female riders. Despite concussions and major injuries, Vicki has one motto: never quit. “Broken bones and all that stuff is just part of the game,” she says. This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Photo of @vgolden423 by @matt_cordova
“I don’t normally shoot flowers,” says Yosuke Nishida (@yosuke_0312), but these blooming camellias scattered along a woodland path in Japan changed everything. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @yosuke_0312
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This cool cat’s curled tail, captured in action by Volkan Çatıkkaş (@volkancatikkas), swung its way into our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. 😻 Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @volkancatikkas
InstaMeets have been a part of our community since the very early days of Instagram. They are gatherings of people who come together to connect over their shared passions and experiences. And Worldwide InstaMeet 15 (#WWIM15❤️) is happening this weekend, March 25-26! Join tens of thousands of people around the world to share, explore and celebrate while spreading this InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. Our features like Instagram Stories and Instagram Live offer even more opportunities to get creative and capture your experience in real time. Browse #WWIM15❤️ throughout the weekend to explore communities around the world, and check in on Monday for a look back at some of our favorites. To find an InstaMeet near you, check out community.instagram.com. Photo by @thiagolbrito
“Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. One of those dreams has been to simply spread some good ol’ positivity. It’s been a blessing to spread it around online. I found an awesome community of people who have the same dad-joke humor, same positive morals and appreciation for laughter. That’s a community I’m down to chill with. If I could take my 10.4 million followers out for pizza, I would ... (as long as one of them paid for it). **Three more things I’m grateful for:** 🙌 @daviddobrik. My boyfriend, who’s a pretty cute inspiration of mine. He is the most positive, kind and cute (did I say that yet?) human being. You can follow him ... but he has a girlfriend. 🙌 @humansofny is incredibly real. It makes me tear up, and crack up. Anyone can appreciate how they spread stories, spread insight and spread kindness. 🙌 @charitywater puts a face to such an important cause. Giving and helping where you’re able to see the impact made across the world. It’s freaking beautiful. If you could give a 🙌 to three Instagram accounts who support or inspire you, who would they be? Post using #🙌🙌🙌 for a chance to be featured on Instagram.
Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness. The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers will come together for Worldwide InstaMeet 15. Join an InstaMeet near you — or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend. As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video. We also have developed a new, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. Check out instagram-together.com for more information. Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started. Kevin Systrom Co-founder & CEO
Photographer Daniella Zalcman (@dzalcman) has her #EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indigenous children across the United States, Canada and Australia were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools in an effort to assimilate them into western culture — and to strip away their own. Phyllis Kitching (pictured), an Aboriginal Australian, recalls her childhood to Daniella. “No one could ever understand what I experienced,” Phyllis says. “I can describe it and you might understand my words, but you'll never understand what I lost in that place.” Using portraits, artifacts, oral testimonies and composite images, Daniella explores the enduring legacy of these programs. “The story, at its core, is about memory and intergenerational trauma and how much that can affect not just a population and its cultural identity, but that of future generations as well,” she says. Explore more of Daniella’s work on our Instagram story. Photo of Phyllis Kitching by @dzalcman
Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @dvdprtto
If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of @notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a #WWIM15❤️ where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.” Watch our Instagram story right now to see more. Photo by @notesofnomads
With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (@picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a 🌵party. #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @picturingjuj
March 20 marks Nowruz, the #PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. For Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi), the 13-day holiday marks some of his sweetest childhood memories, like family gatherings around tasty meals and sweet treats, participating in traditional ceremonies and picnicking outside on the final day. “It is a family holiday and spending a while with my family is the best memory that I have from Nowruz,” he says. Photo by @majidsaeedi
Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation director and writer Sean Charmatz (@sean_charmatz) breathes life into everyday sights. “The idea is that if you look close enough and take a moment to observe, you will see all of this,” says Sean. “To me, there is magic in seeing a story that was already happening between objects. I feel the magic, so believe others will too.” Growing up, Sean, now 36, was drawn to the characters and letters of graffiti in big cities like San Francisco and New York. Today, his work as an animation director and writer allows him to tap into that childhood joy and share it with others. “It means a lot to me that people enjoy the work and that it has changed the way they look at the world,” he says. “I want my account to be a place where everyone can feel creative and be inspired.” Photo by @sean_charmatz
A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi Kikuchi’s (@hidetoshi_kikuchi) attention — and his drone, theirs. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @hidetoshi_kikuchi
“From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” says Madelyne Beckles (@bellhoox), an artist who lives in Montreal. “It will always make work stronger and ideas come off more potent when there are different people involved working towards the same vision or goal. Also, to be real: you can’t do everything yourself! @petrafcollins and I met in grade nine and clicked right away. We’ve both evolved into different artists but love working together because we are such great friends and our difference lends itself well to each other’s practices.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by @bellhoox
For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned photos are the best ones — like this one captured just before sunset from a skate park in Frankfurt, Germany. “The more spontaneous the shot, the better it is.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @akhwaf