Photo #150,000,000, snapped by @janefot

On October 6, 2010 we launched Instagram in the App Store as a way for people to easily share their lives through photos taken on their iPhones. Since then, we’ve seen more than 7 million people from all around the world share photos on our platform. Today, we’re excited to announce that more than 150 million photos have been shared on Instagram and Instagrammers now share photos with one another at a rate of 15 photos per second. If you don’t yet have Instagram, you can find it for free, exclusively in the Apple App Store.

We’re constantly amazed by the range of photos shared on Instagram. People use Instagram to snap photos of everyday moments with friends and family and also to document significant personal moments, like weddings and honeymoons. There are Instagram photos from major events like the World Series and the Grammys, and some Instagram photos have even made the national news. Artists and celebrities have begun to give fans a unique look into their lives through photos, while brands like Burberry have started to realize the power of communicating with their followers through images.

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the last 150 million below, and thank you for sharing your stories through Instagram. Here’s to another 150 million. (If you want to help us get there, take a look at our Jobs page – we’re hiring!)

Sincerely, The Instagram Team

The first of 150 million

Thousands of Instagrammers around the world organize photowalks, get-togethers and even scavenger hunts. Here’s an InstaMeet in Melbourne.

We’ve seen marriage proposals and weddings shared through Instagram. Here’s a photo @sacca snapped as his wife-to-be walked down the aisle

In San Francisco, Giants fans celebrate a World Series championship

NPR documents the crowds celebrating outside the White House after the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death

Vancouver residents documented recovery efforts in their city after riots broke out the previous night following their hockey team’s defeat in the Stanley Cup Finals

Those in Florida for Space Shuttle Atlantis’s final voyage shared photos from the launch

NBC News shows Brian Williams on the scene in Tuscaloosa, AL, ready to report on tornado damage in the city for NBC Nightly News

ABC World News shares a photo of Diane Sawyer surveying the damage after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan

Artists and musicians have taken to Instagram as a way to share photos with their fans. The National was one of the first to join.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thanking his fans for their birthday wishes.

Justin Bieber wishes his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, a happy birthday

At the Grammys, Lada Gaga arrives on the red carpet in an egg