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Welcome to the Instagram blog! See how Instagrammers are capturing and sharing the world's moments through photo and video features, user spotlights, tips and news from Instagram HQ.

The NFL Draft on Instagram

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In just under an hour, the NFL Draft will kick off at Radio City Music Hall. Follow all of the action live on Instagram via the hashtag #nfldraft, or through one of the official team accounts:

@49ers

@patriots

@officialbrowns

@steelers

@houstontexans

@neworleanssaints

@atlantafalcons

The photo at the top is by @reddusfoximus

Hashtag Highlight: #emptychairsproject

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Last year, Raphaël Liais (@raphaelliais) began snapping photos of empty chairs in Casablanca, Morocco, tagging them #emptychairsproject. The collection of photos grew as he started to notice more empty chairs in and around Casablanca. He created an account for the photos, @emptychairsproject, and other Instagrammers caught on to the project. Now, there are over 600 photos from around the world in the collection.

Here are some of our favorites — be sure to check out more photos on the #emptychairsproject page!

Photos by @emptychairsproject, @finalnotice, @chikoron, @amersly, @gwenweinberg, @sunsetmeridian, @marytulipe, @aypa & @jonkratz.

Hashtag Highlight: #spilladay

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Sometimes one photo can inspire an entire series. That’s what happened with @aelana's #spilladay photos. Last year, she took a photo of her morning coffee, spilled across the table. That sparked a series of #spilladay photos, each morning bringing a new spill and a new photo. The series expanded into other types of spills beyond coffee — sugar, eggs, receipts — and now other Instagrammers have adopted the tag to add their beautiful messes to the #spilladay collection.

Here are some of our favorite #spilladay photos — be sure to check out more photos on the #spilladay page!

Weekend Hashtag Project: #middleoftheroad

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Weekend Hashtag Project is a new series featuring weekly weekend challenges with designated themes & hashtags. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @jayzombie and look for a photo from her announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s challenge was #middleoftheroad. There were some exceptionally creative shots and we were happy to hear that, while there were a few daredevils, most managed to safely capture their images. Here are some of our favorites, but be sure to check out the rest on Instagram by navigating to Profile > Search > Tags!

 

 

Do you know of a brilliant yet under utilized hashtag you’d like to see used for a future Weekend Hashtag Project? Reblog this post & let us know!

Photos by nnodmax, iambecktacular, reynhornwood, instajps, geida, jefffrandsen, erikanj, simonasherangushoyin, lemonfinch, adamlloyd, dirka, danhigbie & msjenrotz.

Weekend Hashtag Project: #throughthefence

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Weekend Hashtag Project is a new series featuring weekly weekend challenges with designated themes & hashtags. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @jayzombie and look for a photo from her announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s challenge was #throughthefence. We saw some fantastic images come in from around the world, and we’ve selected some of our favorites to feature. We hope this weekend’s project had you noticing every forgotten fence along your path!

Check out the rest of the #throughthefence submissions from Profile > Search Instagram > Tags.

Photos by curostella, robinmay, butterbean1, fosteraddington, stmng, olgalokshina, jakufish, lax2nrt, richard, satchmigo, karissashley, willak, landonbassett & iambecktacular.

#thingsorganizedneatly

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Photos by dmp1985, julieblum, absentvividmind, nini_cb, ns0n, toppbrocales, colerise, taylorhoff, ploytanngam, maudemoiselle, grahamish, edroste.

#onthetable

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Photos by lindanguyen, mtossberg, ocarinaofrhyme, bexfinch, tinkerdell, gennefer, ikedeani, mel_smiles, tanukikung & paperlilley.

#windowseat

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Photos by pace, ark_one, johnnylawless, shitijnigam, majasuave, lilithfire, joelle_eid, carlos_pacheco, andreitaf, preetalina, gandolphoto, yofreddy, rinker & alipoppa.

#Valencia

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Check out these fantastic photos that use Valencia, one of the new filters added in v2.0, for the last installment of our hash-tagged filter feature. You can check out more images posted under the #valencia tag from Profile > Search Instagram > Tags.

Photos by timbenedict, dindacandra, lumierevc, explicitrockr, oscardelamora, reniseblack, yannoufunky, gunhp, everhard83, toshiro80, mmerline, & mufftarkin.

#giacometti

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Happy birthday to sculptor Alberto Giacometti, who would be 110 today. In his honor, here’s a collection of photos shared on Instagram tagged #giacometti.

Photos by samois, borgesian_unreality, 58northphotography, kentansg, oysterpots, yosko_bcn, troisx, helka & missziss. Special thanks to the SF MoMA for reminding us of Giacometti’s birthday!