He’s based in one of Australia’s busiest cities, but freelance photographer Benjamin Lee (@itchban) thrives in nature. “There is so much unnoticed beauty in the world and everything that surrounds us — if only you take the time to look for it,” says the 30-year-old Sydney resident who left his office job two years ago to pursue photography full time. Benjamin hopes his work energizes other people to go explore. “It’s easy to get weighed down by your worries and not realize how big the world is and how small your problems actually are,” he says. “Get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer.” Photo by @itchban
In Victoria, Australia, Sunny (@s.wei_) ventures out to explore the mysterious, foggy forest. 💨 #WHPnaturalbeauty Photo by @s.wei_
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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A herd of goats race the setting sun in Madurai, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @sreevathsav
Golden braids match golden cornfields in Veracruz, Mexico 🌽 #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @luzzy_luu
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
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
“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
“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
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
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
A pair of birds stop by for breakfast, served up by a helpful hand. #WHPgoodmorning Photo @jackmanchiu
Coffee just tastes better when you drink it outside — especially in the early morning light of Valencia, Spain. ☕️ #WHPgoodmorning Photo by @andrescarrionbaz
Starting this week, you can save posts into private collections. Tap and hold the bookmark icon underneath any post to save it directly to a collection. You can create and name a new collection when you save a post, or you can add it to one you’ve already created. You can also create a collection out of your existing saved posts. Tap the plus icon in the top right corner, give your collection a name and select the saved posts you’d like to add. You can find your collections on the saved posts tab on your profile. Just like all saved posts, your collections are private — only you can see them. Since we introduced the ability to save posts last December, 46 percent of Instagrammers have saved at least one post. Whether you want to plan your next day trip, revisit your favorite artists’ illustrations or always have some animal videos on hand, collections can help you keep track of the posts you want to remember. To learn more about save collections, check out help.instagram.com. This update is available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 10.16.
In the world of R&B, 21-year-old singer Kehlani (@kehlani) is an artist making moves to the front of the pack. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Kehlani is fresh off the release of a new album and is kicking off a North American tour at @coachella. “I attended the festival two years ago, but this is my first time performing!” says Kehlani, who’s in the lineup with artists like Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. She’s most excited for Kendrick’s performance, but Kehlani is also looking forward to checking out artists she’s never seen before. “I know I’ll discover some great ones here,” she says, pictured here with Khalid (@thegr8khalid). Explore the sights and sounds of Coachella with Kehlani right now on our Instagram story.
“A wise man once said, a handplant a day keeps the doctor away,” writes Stefan Mahlknecht (@stefan_mahl) in his caption. An outdoor photographer and graduate student living in South Tyrol, Italy, Stefan thought this trick’s shape mirrored Giau Pass, the mountain in the background, located in the Italian Dolomites. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @stefan_mahl