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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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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthriftshop

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 #WHPthriftshop, which asked participants to take creative photos inspired by their finds in thrift stores and flea markets. 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: #WHPthriftshop

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.

The goal this weekend is to explore your local thrift shop or flea market and come back with creative photos to share. Some tips to get you started:

  • You can find all sorts of treasures and oddities at thrift shops. Gather a few of your favorites and stage them in a neatly organized composition.
  • Second-hand clothing is often a great window into the styles of the past. Grab a friend, bring home a few vintage finds and experiment with staging a fashion shoot.
  • Thrift shops and flea markets are often fascinating places on in their own right. Explore the space and look out for natural photo opportunities as you stumble upon them.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtakebackflash

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 #WHPtakebackflash, which asked participants to take creative photos using flash. 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: #WHPtakebackflash

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.

For many mobile photographers, using the phone’s flash has been a longtime taboo, but the goal this weekend is to do just that. Break out of the box and take creative photos using flash! Some tips to get you started:

  • The closer you are to your subject, the more washed-out your photo will be. Experiment with using your flash from varying distances for different effects.
  • It doesn’t need to be nighttime to use your flash. Try shooting with your flash during the day to fill in shadows from sunlight.
  • Watch out for reflective surfaces like metal and glass. The reflected flash can create a distracting burst of light in your photos.

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

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtransparent

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 #WHPtransparent, which asked participants to take creative photos of—and through—transparent objects. 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: #WHPtransparent

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.

The goal this weekend is to take creative photos of—and through—transparent objects. Some tips to get you started:

  • Remember that windows aren’t the only transparent objects. Keep an eye out for unique items like paperweights, water glasses, jars and anything that may be made of glass or clear plastic.
  • Just because you can see through an object doesn’t mean it’s invisible. There’s beauty in capturing the way these items distort light and what you see when you look through them.
  • Alternatively, experiment with plain backgrounds and soft light to make your objects seem even more minimal. Vases and jars can be especially fun when photographed this way as their contents seem to float in space.

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

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This Weekend: #WWIM9

For more information on how to find a group of Instagrammers near you, visit http://www.meetup.com/Instagram. After your meet has taken place, don’t forget to tell us about it through this form.

We’re putting the Weekend Hashtag Project on hold this weekend. Instead, we’re challenging people around the world to participate in the ninth Worldwide InstaMeet! Get together with a few close friends and explore or meet some new friends by joining a larger group in your local Instagram community. Share your best photographs and videos from the walk with the #WWIM9 hashtag for a chance to be featured on our blog Monday morning! Be sure to also include in your caption the location where your event took place along with the unique hashtag you’ve chosen for your InstaMeet.

Once you’ve had your meet, don’t forget to tell us about it here: Tell Us About Your InstaMeet.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmamatoldme

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.

In honor of Mother’s Day in many parts of the world this past Sunday, this weekend’s tag was #WHPmamatoldme, which asked participants to share a creative photo or video representing the best piece of motherly advice they’d ever received. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.