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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.

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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 on Sunday, the goal this weekend is to share a creative photo or video that represents the best piece of motherly advice you’ve ever received. Some tips to get you started:

  • For a photo, you can experiment with staging a scene that best illustrates that motherly advice, whether it’s as concrete as sharing a video of a household cleaning trick or abstract as a photo of a symbol from a major life decision.
  • Sometimes faces tell the best stories. Don’t be afraid to share a portrait of your mom or the mother figure in your life and share their advice in your caption.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPmamatoldme 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: #WHPsilhouetted

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 #WHPsilhouetted, which asked participants to take creative silhouette photos. 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: #WHPsilhouetted

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.

Today marks the one year anniversary of Photos of You, the ability to tag people in your photos on Instagram! To celebrate, we’re bringing back one of our favorite Weekend Hashtag Project themes: silhouettes. The goal this weekend is to take creative silhouette photos. Some tips to get you started:

  • Silhouettes are all about light. Make sure your subject is positioned right in front of your light source, whether it be the setting sun, a bright window or a backlit screen.
  • Once you’ve framed your photo, tap the brightest part of your phone’s screen to set your exposure and get the silhouette just right.
  • Finally, don’t forget to tag the people silhouetted in your photo!

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPsilhouetted 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: #WHPappreciateEarth

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 #WHPappreciateEarth, which asked participants to go out and show their appreciation for our planet and document it through creative 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: #WHPappreciateEarth

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 Earth Day earlier this week, the goal this weekend is to go out and show your appreciation for our planet and document it through creative photos and videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • The best way to appreciate our planet is to help make it better. Find a volunteer opportunity, pick up fallen litter or even just spend some time fixing up your own garden and find a creative way to photograph it.
  • Share your favorite spot in nature with a video. Keep an eye and ear out for the details that make it special, whether it’s the wind rustling through the grass, a surging waterfall or the way fog moves through the trees.
  • Most importantly, have fun! As you explore, don’t forget to take some time to wander and enjoy the nature around you.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPappreciateEarth 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: #WHPtypeinthewild

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 #WHPtypeinthewild, which asked participants to capture creative photos of typography in the world around us. 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: #WHPtypeinthewild

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 capture creative photos of typography in the wild. Some tips to get you started:

  • Words are everywhere! Look for hand-painted signs, colorful billboards, advertisements in the newspaper or all around. Once you start looking for type, you’ll see it all over.
  • Seek out the unusual. Look for characters that are hand-drawn or that are particularly colorful. Vintage signs and antique shops tend to be filled with these treasures.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with how you frame your photo. Zoom out to show the word or phrase it its entirely or get up close on a single letter to emphasize its shape in an abstract way.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPtypeinthewild 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: #WHPbokehinmotion

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 #WHPbokehinmotion, which asked participants to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of an image that’s out of focus. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.