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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPGameOn

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 #WHPGameOn, which asked participants to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 World Cup (@fifaworldcup) and cheer on their countries with creative and 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: #WHPGameOn

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 week marks the beginning of the 2014 World Cup! To celebrate, the goal this weekend is to cheer on your country with creative photos and videos showing how you’re getting involved. Some tips to get you started:

  • Think about how you’re supporting your country’s team from home and get creative! Consider snapping a portrait with a mask or face paint, photographing your collection of team memorabilia or capturing the excitement of your friends and family watching the matches.
  • Are you an athlete yourself? Break out video and show some of your best moves. You can even try experimenting with slow-motion to make your kicks even more epic.
  • Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be on the ground at the World Cup in Brazil, seek out and capture unique perspectives and unexpected details from the stadium to the streets.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPGameOn 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!

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Capturing the Beautiful Game with @culafernandes

For more photos from Ana Carolina, follow @culafernandes on Instagram.

"I was 13 years old the first time I set foot in Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro’s soccer stadium,” Ana Carolina (@culafernandes), a Rio de Janeiro photojournalist, says. “I will never forget the overwhelming magical energy that hit me there. It’s precisely that feeling that has brought me back to the stadium hundreds of times.”

Ana Carolina grew up in a soccer-obsessed home. “I think it would be odd of me not to love soccer,” she says. “My first memory is watching the 1970 World Cup when I was seven. I also remember tagging along to my father’s pick-up games or playing soccer with my brothers in our hallway.” Ana Carolina’s photos featuring a soccer ball and the ocean began with an accident. “I saw a boy playing soccer on the edge of the water and without thinking twice, I put the waterproof cover on my phone and went in the water to shoot,” she says. “The water is never calm on that beach—it’s extremely difficult to take photos and swim at the same time, especially without flippers on. I got hit by a lot of waves, but when I saw the result, I celebrated just as I would a soccer goal.”

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#WhoIFollow: Kicking Off @neymarjr’s First World Cup

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Neymar (@neymarjr) and some of his favorites on Instagram, follow @rivaldooficial, @mb459, @mariotestino and @camposwell on Instagram.

On June 12th, soccer champions from around the world will come together in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. At the age of 22, Brazil soccer player Neymar (@neymarjr) will represent his country in his first World Cup ever. “I am really looking forward to the World Cup, especially since this is the first time I’ll be playing!” he says. “This is by far my biggest childhood dream, so I really couldn’t be more excited.”

Neymar enjoys sharing behind-the-scenes photos from training and at games, as well as personal photographs of his friends and family. He says, “I know my fans are really curious about my day-to-day, and I can totally relate to that because I also follow people on Instagram who I admire.”

For some of Neymar’s favorite Instagrammers check out:

  • Brazil soccer legend Rivaldo Ferreira – @rivaldooficial
  • Italy soccer player Mario Balotelli – @mb459
  • Fashion photographer Mario Testino – @mariotestino
  • Creative strategist Wellington Campos – @camposwell