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Instagramming the 138th Westminster Dog Show

To see more photos from the Westminster Kennel Club’s 138th Annual Dog Show, follow @westminsterkennelclub on Instagram, browse the #wkcdogshow hashtag and explore the Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94 location pages.

Canine lovers and connoisseurs from around the globe have descended upon New York City for the Westminster Kennel Club’s (@westminsterkennelclub) 138th Annual Dog Show. The two-day event kicked off on Monday at Piers 92 and 94 in Midtown Manhattan and at Madison Square Garden. This year, 2,845 dogs from 190 breeds and varieties are competing for the coveted “Best in Show” title.

For the first time, the Kennel Club opened its competitions to mixed-breed dogs with the Masters Agility Championship, which took place on Sunday. This year also saw three new additions to the list of approved WKC breeds: the rat terrier, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and the Chinook.

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Sochi: Building a City for the Olympics

To view more photos and videos from Sochi, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag, explore the Сочи / Sochi, Sochi, Морской Порт / Sochi seaport, Олимпийский парк / Sochi Olympic Park and Горнолыжный Центр - Роза Хутор | Rosa Khutor - Alpine Center location pages on Instagram

"Two years ago, I came here and I remember these small, old two-story houses and this tiny airport," recalls Russian Instagrammer Julia Mikhaleva (@myatna). “As I was flying into Sochi for the Winter Olympics, I looked out of the window and all I could see were lights upon lights coming from this big city.”

Julia is one of many Russians who have been amazed (“and pleasantly surprised,” she adds) by the rapid transformation of Sochi to prepare the city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sitting on Russia’s southernmost coast looking out onto the Black Sea, the resort town was a popular holiday destination for its warmer climate and proximity to alpine ski slopes. A train line now connects brand new venues at the “coastal cluster” and “mountain cluster” for the 2014 Olympic events.

The successful bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi also led to the construction of new buildings, a new road infrastructure, an expanded airport and hotels. Sochi’s metamorphosis is also expected to turn the city into a popular ski resort for locals and tourists after the Games.

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Exploring the 2014 Chiang Mai Flower Festival

To see more photos and videos of this year’s flower festival, explore the สวนสาธารณะหนองบวกหาด (Nong Buak Hard Public Park), ประตูท่าแพ (Tha Phae Gate) and สะพานนวรัฐ (Nawarat Bridge) location pages and browse the #flowerfestival and #chiangmaiflowerfestival hashtags.

The 2014 Chiang Mai Flower Festival started yesterday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Often referred to as the “Rose of the North” by Thai locals, the city of Chiang Mai is home to a wide range of rare and exotic flowers. The flower festival is held annually on the first weekend of February, which is the best season to see these flowers in full bloom.

During the flower festival, Buak Hard Park, located on the southeast corner of Chiang Mai’s moat, turns into a theme park full of flowers. Magnificent floral displays are arranged throughout its garden and numerous pop-up shops line up to sell local flowers and plants. The highlight of the event is the Flower Festival Parade held on Saturday. Traditional Thai dancers and elaborately decorated floral floats work their way from Nawarat Bridge to Buak Hard Park, handing out flowers to spectators. The floats also carry contestants of the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival beauty pageant, another much anticipated event of the three-day festival.

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The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, explore the Олимпийский Стадион «Фишт» / Fisht Olympic Stadium location page, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag and follow @olympics on Instagram.

The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (@olympics) took place on Friday to officially open the Games in Russia.

The ceremony presented a history of Russia seen through the eyes of a young girl named Lubov, or ‘Love,’ opening with a journey through the unique Russian alphabet Azbuka.

To get a first-hand look at the atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony, follow these Russian Instagrammers who were in attendance and shared their experience on Instagram:

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Sochi 2014: Who to Follow on Instagram

For more photos and videos from the 2014 Winter Olympics, explore the Олимпийский Стадион «Фишт» / Fisht Olympic Stadium (Opening and Closing Ceremonies), Ледовая Арена Шайба / Arena Shayba, Ледовый дворец “Большой” / Ice Dome “Bolshoi”, Дворец зимнего спорта «Айсберг» / Iceberg Skating Palace, and Комплекс трамплинов «Русские Горки» / “RusSki Gorki” Jumping Center location pages.

If you can’t make it to the 2014 Winter Olympics (@olympics) this week, don’t worry. Athletes, teams, spectators and the Olympic organization themselves will be sharing photos from the 2014 Sochi Games (@sochi2014) on Instagram.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place from February 7-23 and many of the athletes, coaches, family members and officials are making their way to Sochi now. Be sure to follow these Instagrammers for a behind-the-scenes look at the Winter Olympics:

Athletes

  • Mikeala Shriffrin, United States alpine ski racer – @mikaelashiffrin
  • Bode Miller, United States alpine ski racer – @millerbode
  • Ted Ligety, United States alpine ski racer – @ted_ligety
  • Patrick Meek, United States speed skater – @patjmeek
  • Sarah Hendrickson, United States women’s ski jumper – @schendrickson
  • Taylor Gold, United States snowboarder – @taylor_gold
  • Richard Shoebridge, Great Britain speed skater – @rshoei
  • Penny Coomes, Great Britain figure skater – @pennycoomes
  • Marusa Ferk, Slovenia women’s alpine skiing – @marusaferk
  • Callum Watson, Australia men’s skier – @callumwxc
  • Tarjei Boe, Norway biathlete – @tarjei_boe
  • Spencer O’Brien, Canada snowboarder – @spencerobrien
  • Elena Radionova, Russia figure skater – @lenok_radionova
  • Sofya Prosvirnova, Russia short track – @sofya_p

Teams

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Saving Southbank Skatepark with @rich__

To view more photos and videos from Southbank skatepark, explore the Southbank Skate Park location page.

Strolling tourists along London’s Southbank next to the River Thames might at first miss the graffitied walls of the undercroft skatepark. The skatepark is home to skateboarders, graffiti artists and freestyle cyclists. Local Instagrammers also visit to shoot street art and take advantage of the park’s scenic vantage point of the London Eye and skyline.

"The main railing is a great place to stand and snap away," says Rich Pearce (@rich__) who often visits the location to shoot. “The far ends are where the jumps and wipeouts happen, but great shots can be taken from the inside as the light comes through in various places.”

Development plans have put the existing skatepark at risk, but Southbank Centre promises another skatepark just 120 meters (394 feet) away from the current site as part of the new plans. Still, protests to preserve the current skatepark, led by the group Long Live Southbank (@savesouthbank), have gained high-profile support from artist Damien Hirst, singer Rita Ora (@ritaora) and boxer Mike Tyson (@miketyson).

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Instagramming the State of the Union Address

To see more photos and videos from tonight’s State of the Union, browse the #InsideSOTU hashtag and explore the U.S. House of Representatives location page.

Tonight, U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his 5th State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. The State of the Union is delivered each year, allowing the President to report on the condition of the United States and propose new agenda initiatives.

In the run up to tonight’s speech, the White House (@whitehouse) has been sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into drafting the address by having different staff members—including the President’s speech writer, policy council and broadcast director—take over the account.

To follow the State of the Union and the customary response from the opposing political party through Instagram, explore the #InsideSOTU and #SOTU hashtags and follow these accounts:

  • Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House — @speakerboehner
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader — @nancypelosi
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican Conference Chair offering SOTU response — @cathymcmorris
  • Pete Souza, White House photographer — @petesouza

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Inside the Grammy Awards on Instagram

For more photos and videos from the 56th Grammy Awards, explore the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and Staples Center location pages and browse the #grammys hashtag.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards are underway in Los Angeles, California. The show officially begins at 8PM EST / 5PM PST, but you can follow your favorite musicians on Instagram as they get ready for the show and make their way down the red carpet. For a behind-the-scenes look into the awards, check out the following accounts:

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Documenting the Kiev Protests on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the protests in Kiev, visit the Independence Square and Barricades location pages or browse the #Kiev, #киев, #євромайдан and #euromaidan hashtags on Instagram.

Protests in the Ukraine capital of Kiev have escalated this week with barricades being set up in Independence Square. Instagrammers have taken to their phones to document the uprising through photos and videos of the protests.

Scenes show clashes with riot police as President Viktor Yanukovich enters into crisis talks while demonstrators continue to call for his resignation. The movement began after a landmark trade pact with the European Union was rejected.

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Surfing the Biggest Waves at the 2014 Mavericks Invitational

For more photos and videos from the Mavericks Invitational, explore the Mavericks Beach location page and follow Mavericks competitors @carlosburle, @donkeyshow and @jamie_sterls on Instagram for the athletes’ perspective.

On Friday, the world’s top surfers descend on Half Moon Bay, California, to compete in the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surf contest. Wave faces promise to be up to 12 meters (40 feet) tall and exceptionally powerful. “You can immediately feel the raw power of Mother Nature leaving the harbor and entering the open ocean,” says Instagrammer Matt Bauer (@mattcbauer), who is sharing photos and videos from a boat in the heart of the competition. “This legendary wave requires the right elements to align to show its fierce face. Luckily today is one of those days!”

For decades, the location has been known to host some of the biggest swells of all time—attracting surfers and spectators from across the globe. In 1999, the first surfing competition was held at Mavericks, and the competition has become one of the world’s most legendary surfing events. The exact timing of Mavericks is unpredictable, as the waves require perfect weather conditions to break at such size. Once the right conditions are detected and invitations sent out, competing surfers have just a few days to get to the event.