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Tonight, the XXX Olympiad officially came to a close. Over the past two weeks 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in London before thousands of fans from all around the world. Athletes and spectators used Instagram to capture #London2012’s finest moments, and we gathered together some of our favorites at blog.instagram.com. Be sure to check out pictures of the Closing Ceremony tonight by browsing images hashtagged #OlympicStadium and #ClosingCeremony. Photo by @sebsaller

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User Image instagram Posted: Jan 20, 2018 6:55 PM (UTC)

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Video by @riepoyonn
Canele and Amelie (@riepoyonn) have gotten the memo: getting out of bed on the weekend is highly overrated. Watch our story now to see these two sweet cats at home in Japan.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 20, 2018 5:58 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @anastasiagav
Frigid temperatures of -53 degrees Fahrenheit (-47 Celsius) can’t stop Anastasia Gruzdeva (@anastasiagav) from getting outside this time of year — even if it means her eyelashes freeze after 15 minutes. ❄️ #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 20, 2018 5:03 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @joeleep
As a remote geospatial engineer, Joe Leeper (@joeleep) spends his time working out of the back seats of car and in hostels — and sometimes hanging out cliffside with puffins in Iceland. “They got really comfortable with me being so close,” says Joe. “They must be one of the most comical, clumsy and chilled-out animals.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 19, 2018 11:56 PM (UTC)
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#Boomerang by @adnansaputroo
“Right or left?” asks Adnan (@adnansaputroo) in his caption.
Love #BoomerangOfTheWeek? Add it to your next Boomerang and it might show up on @instagram — and follow the hashtag to keep up with all the latest.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 19, 2018 10:10 PM (UTC)
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Featured photo by @lucianoconsolini
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPwindows
Windows frame the world we see. This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that highlight and utilize windows. Here are some tips to get you started:
Use a window to frame a specific subject, be it a lone tree outside the office or a ray of light coming into your kitchen. Look at the frame from many angles to find the most compelling one.
Focus on the textures and details of a window — the curve of old glass, the modern metal latches or eye-catching figurines on the windowsill.
Step back from the window to get a sense of scale. Notice how sets of windows fit together, emphasizing both the functionality and fragility of their design, or focus on the structure of the walls surrounding them.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPwindows hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 19, 2018 7:35 PM (UTC)
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Video by @hamypratama
For 23-year-old Hamy Pratama (@hamypratama), the best part of being a professional parkour and freerunning athlete is getting to challenge your fears. Get ready to run and flip with Hamy today in Jakarta. It’s all on our Instagram story.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 19, 2018 1:19 AM (UTC)
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Hello, world! It’s time for a very snuggly session of #WeeklyFluff, brought to you by Riley (left) and Killer (right) (@morileymoproblems). This dynamic duo of adopted doggies hails from sunny Los Angeles. “Riley follows Killer around. They play, they nap — it’s the cutest and most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” says their human Alicia. “Killer retained the alpha role as Riley got bigger and still maintains that title to this day.”
Follow @morileymoproblems to make sure you never miss a moment from these two. 🐾
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 18, 2018 7:38 PM (UTC)
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“More fun and less stress” is Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello’s (@camila_cabello) New Year’s resolution — alongside making albums she loves. Tune in to our story to tag along with Camila in Los Angeles as she celebrates her debut album, “Camila.” 🎶
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:31 AM (UTC)
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Photo of @luckyoetama by @reggyalexander
An expressive portrait captures a sense of effortless style for #WHPmystyle.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:14 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @nei.cruz
“I get inspired in the moment,” says photographer and art director Nei Cruz (@nei.cruz), who spotted this woman’s skirt featuring rock icons in Germany. “I shoot what catches my eye — like this handmade print.” 🎸❤️
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmystyle.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:59 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @jameswhitlowdelano
After traveling and documenting the earth for decades, two years ago James Whitlow Delano (@jameswhitlowdelano) launched the collective Everyday Climate Change (@everydayclimatechange) and rallied a global network of photographers to share their images of the planet.
His own concern for the environment stretches back almost as far as he can remember. “Rivers were catching fire,” says the Japan-based, American-born photographer, recalling a period in the United States where widespread industrial pollution had created disturbing scenes. “I knew that something was wrong.”
In contrast to those memories, James holds optimistic on his journey. “In my lifetime — from rivers that had caught fire from so much oil being dumped into them — I’ve seen the return of fish, the return of wetland birds and so on. Actually seeing nature recover. That made a huge impression on me.”
To learn more, watch our story. 🌍
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 17, 2018 5:30 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @frametheweim
“Brego knows how to wear the latest fashion trends, don’t you think?” writes @frametheweim. #WHPmystyle
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 17, 2018 2:15 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @missbipps
For Andrea Lawrence (@missbipps), #WHPmystyle means sequined pants, pompoms and “boosting the shine factor of my wardrobe.” ✨
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:37 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @elnaz555
Nature inspires Elnaz Mansouri’s (@elnaz555) style. “The colors I find on a bird’s feathers or the designs on a flower petal can motivate me to experiment with makeup and clothing,” she says.
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmystyle.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:35 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @365ken
In Ken McFarlane’s (@365ken) portrait work, two common threads weave through: strength and dignity. “What is often highlighted in our communities is not necessarily the only thing, the best thing or the things that we know to be true,” says the photographer, based in Philadelphia. Reclaiming representations of the black community is important to Ken. “I believe in giving agency or utilizing our own agency in reflecting ourselves in the larger sense,” he explains. “What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others sacrificed allows me to have the mindset and the perspective that I have. My goal is really to open new windows of opportunity so that new heroes and heroines can be known.”
This post is in honor of #MLKDAY in the United States. Watch our story to see more from Ken.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 14, 2018 8:49 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @williamk
Out with the old, in with the new. 🌲 #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:23 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @thatbloom
“I waited. I waited a lot,” says Roland Kraemer (@thatbloom), who knelt patiently in the snow to capture this moment. “I was inspired by the fact that you don’t necessarily have to travel far to take good photos. This was taken almost in my backyard.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 13, 2018 5:25 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @tiagoovarjao
Late afternoon light, good friends and the ocean. 🙌 #TheWeekOnInstagram
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:43 PM (UTC)
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Featured photo by @nurielmolcho
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmystyle
The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that showcase your personal style. Our project takes inspiration from New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (@themuseumofmodernart) exhibit, “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” which features 111 items of garments and accessories that have had a strong impact on culture in the last century. Paola Antonelli (@paolantonelli), senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, shared these tips for getting started with your submission:
Think about the role fashion plays in your life — and capture it in an image. “The way we dress tells us so much about our identities and selves, as well as larger histories or stories of place and community,” says Paola. “Clothing can be armor, disguise or representation of true selfhood.”
Focus on specific items in your closet you’d like to highlight: “Pick something you love, that you truly adore and feel happy in,” says Paola. “Find out more about its story before you take your picture. Where did it come from? Who might have made it? How much did it cost you? How do you take care of it? And then strike a pose.”
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPmystyle hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
User Image instagram Posted: Jan 12, 2018 7:26 PM (UTC)
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Video by @ropestylers
Based in Paris, four athletes — Pauline (aka “Popo”), Kevin (aka “Choco”), Jeff (aka “Wens”) and Brandon (aka “BlackLee”) — make up The RopeStylers (@ropestylers), a professional double Dutch jump-rope group, among the best in Europe.
Their favorite part of double Dutch? “Liberty!” says Wens. “Liberty to dance, make tricks, juggle and jump on the rope, but also liberty to be yourself — it’s accessible to all and can be practiced differently depending on the individual.”
Watch our story right now to see more of The RopeStylers’ skills.