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Local Lens: Reflections of Singapore’s Changing Cityscape

To see more of Singapore’s diverse architecture through the lens of a local, follow @_yafiqyusman_ on Instagram.

“The places I can go are limited,” says Instagrammer Yafiq Yusman (@_yafiqyusman_) of his tiny island-nation home of Singapore, “but the photo possibilities are limitless.”

Yafiq, who studied architecture in college, enjoys capturing Singapore’s rapidly evolving urban landscape through puddles left by the city’s tropical climate. “Singapore is a modernized country, but there are still places where you can see the olden days,” says Yafiq. “The alleys in Little India, China Town and Boat Quay are a few of my favorite spots and great for puddle shots.”

For more modern photo opportunities, Yafiq favors Raffles Place, a square surrounded by the city’s tallest buildings. And for those seeking respite from Singapore’s fast-paced metropolis, he suggests tracking down a hidden reserve called Punggol Beach. “The best time to visit is during the sunset. It’s beautiful.”

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Scenes from Small-Town Uganda with @sarahgenelle

For a look at everyday life on a coffee farm in Western Uganda, follow @sarahgenelle.

Living and working on a coffee farm nestled in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda is just the latest stop in the nomadic life of Sarah Castagnola (@sarahgenelle).

Sarah’s parents taught at international schools, which meant relocating the family to a different country every few years. “When I moved to Oregon for university I was exited to put down roots,” she explains. “However, it was only a matter of time before I yearned to travel again.”

Sarah’s studies and work in micro-finance have taken her across the globe, and, in April of 2013, she accepted a Peace Corps assignment in the small Ugandan village of Kyarumba. Living and working in Uganda often means it’s easier to share a photo on Instagram than it is to find running water or electricity. “This is the paradox of living in a developing country,” Sarah says. “Cellphones are ubiquitous, however women and children spend hours each day fetching water.”

Sarah, who plans to continue traveling after the Peace Corps, hopes her photos educate and inspire: “Opportunities happen when you take risks and follow your passion.”

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Exploring Finland’s Untrodden Paths with Brothers @dansmoe and @eljackson

For more photos and videos from the Taipale brothers in Finland, follow @dansmoe and @eljackson on Instagram.

Inspired by their father’s passion for living life to the fullest, brothers Daniel Taipale (@dansmoe) and Samuel Taipale (@eljackson) often adventure together, both traveling abroad or sharing serene and stunning views from their home in Finland.

For the two, sibling rivalry often gives way to a gentleman’s code of honor when it comes to taking photos from the same spot.

"We are very similar when it comes to exploring and photography," Daniel explains. "We travel a lot together and the photos we share are often the result of our combined effort and teamwork, thus following both our feeds complements the story of the #taipalebrothers.”

The two shed light onto the dark and wintry world of Finland—and they hope to encourage others to go out exploring through their own creative and energetic work.

"By looking at our photos, people will see that there are only two seasons in Finland: white winter and green winter," says Samuel. "Finland is unique in the sense that it’s mostly covered by lakes and forest. We hope to show that it’s still a place that hasn’t been ruined by the thumbprint of man."

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Chasing Adventure with @ourwildabandon

For more photos and videos from Jill and Kyla’s adventures, follow @ourwildabandon on Instagram.

Though Canadian Instagrammers Kyla Trethaway and Jill Mann (@ourwildabandon) had been acquaintances for a while, it wasn’t until they bonded over their shared longing for adventure they became fast friends. Weary of dead-end jobs and craving an experience they would remember for life, the two decided to make the leap.

"Half joking, half serious, we started hatching out a plan of leaving our boyfriends, quitting our jobs and taking off across the country with no destination or return date," Kyla says. "One afternoon, a couple months later, I sent Jill a text that just read, ‘Actually, do you want to go Salt Lake city? If we left now, we could watch the sun rise on the salt flats. Please say yes.’"

That first adventure was the taste of freedom they needed. “We went back to Vancouver with a new sense of motivation, put our heads down and saved every penny we could. In the summer we bought our trailer, Bobby Jean, and gave notice at our jobs.”

Nearly four months and eight states later, the pair are still on the road. Their feed is a series of breathtaking photos and precious memories of their experiences, often accompanied by creative and witty hashtags. “The hashtags started as a way to make each other laugh on our long drives,” they explain. “It’s a way to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously because, truly, we don’t.”

From monster truck rides to sunsets on the white sands, an accidental night in jail to sliding into snowbanks, feeding alligators and running through a live lightning storm in the desert, their trip is proving to be unforgettable.

"I think what ‘Our Wild Abandon’ is really about is choosing to live with a different perspective and committing to a path or an idea that’s going to better your life," Kyla adds. "It’s about not being complacent, not letting yourself get steered off a path you’ve set and being hyper aware of the beauty in the people, places and situations you find yourself in and around. Whether you are at home or in a Wal Mart parking lot in the middle of nowhere Texas, you need to be responsible for your own happiness."

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Walking the Line with @smaracuja

Follow Nina’s travels on her account @smaracuja on Instagram.

As a travel blogger, Instagrammer Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk (@smaracuja) is never short of great places to take photos.

"My goal is to inspire people to travel more and to see all these beautiful places the world has to offer–to get them excited about places they might never have thought about going before," she says.

With a background in graphic design, Nina looks for straight lines, planes and brutalist architecture with a little pop of color for her feed. As she herself admits, she’s very picky when it comes to her photos.

"I only shoot in daylight, I try to match my shots to the other photos in my gallery (regarding color or look and feel) and I try to vary in subjects and scenes as much as I can so it doesn’t get boring."

Based in Berlin, Nina also takes great inspiration from her surroundings, sharing photos of her local neighborhood and creating a community through the #igersneukollen hashtag: “I came to Berlin three years ago and it is definitely still my favorite place to shoot. Neukölln is so vibrant and versatile, and you never really walk the same street twice because it’s always changing, whether it’s a new store, new graffiti or a pretty car #soloparking I haven’t seen around before.”

Nina recently travelled to Iceland but she found it difficult to stick to her own rules–although there’s one line she never crosses: “Phone photos only, because I believe that is what Instagram is all about: real time mobile.” Her next trip takes her to Australia over Christmas and New Year so be sure to follow her on Instagram.