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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsolstice

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPsolstice, which asked participants to capture the changing light of the seasons through creative photos and videos. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsolstice

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

Saturday marks the June solstice, the longest day of the year and first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. In the south, it stands as the shortest day and welcomes winter. In honor of the solstice, the goal this weekend is to capture the essence of the changing seasons in your region through creative photos and videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Take a moment to think about the nature around you and how it’s changing. Whether it’s flowers in full-bloom or barren branches, look for the rhythms of the natural world around you.
  • Let the dramatic solstice light guide your creativity. Experiment with direct sun, long shadows and the brilliant harsh light that summer brings. For those starting winter, consider warming fires, twinkling city lights and the mystery darkness can bring to your photos.
  • If you live in a region that sees little variation in nature throughout the year, seek inspiration in the seasonal recipes, fashion and events where you live.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPsolstice hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

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Want to see more? Be sure to check out the photos tagged with #stonehenge and the Stonehenge location page.

Every year during the summer solstice, Stonehenge attracts thousands of spiritualists, revelers, and tourists who come for all-night celebrations in the center of the ancient stone circle, waiting to praise the summer sunrise. Unfortunately, the sun could not be seen rising this year and instead crowds were greeted by blankets of fog and raindrops.

Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square

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Can’t make it to Times Square but want to participate? No problem! Tag your photos with #SolsticeTSq to participate in Athleta’s Mind Over Madness Yogi from Home Instagram Contest.

Thousands of yoga enthusiasts are trying to search for tranquility amid the chaos today by gathering in the heart of Times Square for free yoga classes in order to celebrate the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.