Photo by @paulnicklen After 17 years with National Geographic, wildlife conservation photographer and cinematographer Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) felt compelled to start something new. “I wanted to see immediate impact through photography,” explains Paul, who co-founded SeaLegacy (@sea_legacy), a collective of visual storytellers who document the biggest issues facing our oceans today. “My goal is to use my camera to connect people to the species of animals that need our help.” On #WildlifeConservationDay, Paul offers this message: “I want people to understand that animals are all part of a complex ecosystem. You cannot dismiss an insect while pouring your love and attention into panda bears and baby white harp seals. We need to realize that entire ecosystems are connected, from the very top to the very bottom.” Starting today, when people search for a hashtag associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment, they will see a content advisory screen. We are committed to fostering a safer, kinder world both on Instagram and beyond.
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Photo by @piggypoo_and_crew Hello, world! It’s time to meet the five rescue pups and the Vietnamese potbellied pig who make up @piggypoo_and_crew. From left to right, there’s Rika, Slick, Nya, James, Bashe and Chowder. “When I look at my crew, I see the reflection of who I am in them,” says their human Shelby, who lives in Southern California. “Their happiness, their safety, their health, their whole lives rely on me and I will never ever let them down.” Love #WeeklyFluff? Follow the hashtag to stay connected to the community.
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Photo by @impact.brothers Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #gymnastics. Some twins finish each other’s sentences, Marcos and Alejandro Ponce López (@impact.brothers) finish each other’s flips. After seeing break dancers perform in their hometown 14 years ago, the duo from Torre del Mar, Spain, dedicated their lives to becoming professional acrobats. What’s been their biggest #gymnastics accomplishment to date? “Everything we have learned has been self-taught. Hand to hand [where one performer, balancing on the hands of the other performer, does a handstand], was very complicated for us, since it is a very complex discipline. We have some friends who know this discipline. One day we were lucky to meet with them, and in a few hours they explained several tricks. After that, we practiced each day to achieve that movement.”
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Photo by @nornea Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #equestrian. For 19-year-old Menea Johansson Djärv (@nornea), dressing up means felt hats, capes and a unicorn horn for her beloved pony Norina 🦄. As a child growing up in Sweden, she was inspired by vivid fairy tales and medieval markets. “It was beyond exciting to see adults dress up and pretend they lived in a different time,” she says. Now, cloaked in nature, Menea creates her own #equestrian daydreams that reflect a real-life kinship with her creatures. “I want [my horses] to see me as a best friend they can trust and respect, just like I do with them. Most photo shoots are spontaneous. The most challenging part is to focus on the horses and the camera at the same time. The most fun part is to feel adventurous and invincible.”
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Featured photo by @4theloveoftoys Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstripes This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture stripes created by colors, textures and surfaces, as in this featured photo by Sara Harvey (@4theloveoftoys). Here are some tips to get you started: Head outside to see what stripes nature has to offer, like the natural lines of your local flora or the way streams create bands through a landscape. From repeating red lockers in the hallway to the way office buildings cast shadows at high noon, there are plenty of stripes in your daily life. Try to notice them — along with the lines created by highways and streets on your commute to and from. Wide or narrow, straight or curving, stripes are a classic element in art — from fashion to painting to DIY crafts. Take photos of work that explores the many forms that stripes can take. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPstripes 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.