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“A day filled with sunshine and rainbows,” writes Alpana Aras-King ( @alpanaaras) of her WHP🌈 submission. Photo by @alpanaaras

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Kym Pham ( @kympham) found the end of the rainbow in Iceland. WHP🌈 Photo by @kympham

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Rainbow flags fly proudly in the Irish capital city’s LGBTQ pride parade. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, WHP🌈. Photo by @inge19934

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“Being an accessibility detective wasn’t a job I wanted to have,” says Maayan Ziv ( @maayanziv_), a photographer who was born with muscular dystrophy. “But I got so frustrated with spending hours calling ahead and researching to find out if the places I wanted to go were wheelchair accessible. I just wanted to get out and do the things I want, like anyone else.” Maayan’s solution was to start Access Now ( @accessnowapp), an app that crowdsources information about the accessibility of places to people with disabilities worldwide. She was inspired by the open spirit of her home of Toronto: “Wherever I go, there are conversations about creating equal opportunity for all, no matter your background, gender, religion, ability or ethnicity,” she says. “Many people think accessibility is only something for people with disabilities. But people aren’t disabled; it’s our environments that are disabling. The truth is that we all benefit from accessible, inclusive spaces.” This story is part of 🇨🇦❤️, a new series celebrating people all across Canada. Photo by @maayanziv_

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Like millions of others around the world, Taryn Knight ( @taryndraws) first discovered the magical world of Harry Potter when she was a young girl, and hasn’t stopped loving it since. “I just kept reading them over and over,” she says of author J.K. Rowling’s book series. “Something just clicked. I was immediately obsessed.” It wasn’t until Taryn, a Colorado-based freelance illustrator, was older that her love for all things witchcraft and wizardry began to manifest itself in her drawings. “I didn’t do a lot of art when I was first reading the books,” she says. “But once I started drawing regularly, my passion for Harry Potter began to creep in.” Taryn, a self-proclaimed Hufflepuff, is excited about the celebration surrounding HarryPotter20, the 20-year anniversary of the UK release of the first book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” “It seems to be reigniting everyone’s love for the Potter world,” she says. “It feels a bit like that old familiar buzz of a new book release.” ⚡️ Illustration by @taryndraws

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For Javanese photographer Mast Irham ( @mastirham), Indonesia can feel both intimate and colossal — a land of limitless possibilities. “Indonesian people have lived together with many differences for a very long time,” says Mast. “I think that’s why Indonesians are friendly with people they’ve just met and with foreigners. For a photographer, that attitude is definitely an advantage. People in the countryside like to have their pictures taken. We just need to spend some time with them, and it becomes comfortable for us to shoot.” During Islamic holidays like Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the islands of the largest Muslim-majority country in the world especially come to life. “People leave Jakarta and other big cities to go back to their hometowns to visit family,” says Mast. “Taking pictures feels different, too. We see more people during prayer time, and during Eid people often pray outside instead of inside the mosques.” Watch our Instagram story now to learn about Eid al-Fitr traditions in Indonesia. Photo by @mastirham

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Running through sprinklers at sunset in Catalonia TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @roger_bv

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While having a visit in her mother’s garden in Austria, Nina Streit ( @dreamingofmidsummer) spotted Moonie, her mom’s cat, crawling out of an abandoned birdhouse after a catnap. “I love the cat’s expression — so serious and self-assured,” says Nina. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @dreamingofmidsummer

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“Once upon a time I ran barefoot on these roads,” says St. Petersburg, Russia-based photographer Ivan Pavlukhin ( @ivan_pavlukhin), who recently returned to his childhood home near Pskov. “Now I have grown, but these smells of fields, grass and flowers are still the same. It’s interesting to suddenly realize the difference between that barefoot child and an unshaven guy on a motorcycle. To be honest, I miss him.” TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ivan_pavlukhin

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Exploring the countryside outside of Bogota with a pup named Milo TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @villano1970

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While strolling through the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Gustavo Marquez ( @gustmv) spotted a man polishing his car. “It shows the dedication he has with his car and all the stories that they must have together.” TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @gustmv

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James Kuan ( @ohsnapjames) followed the sound of horns while visiting Kampenwand mountain in Germany and found these traditional Bavarian musicians. “One of my favorite styles in photography is blending different perspectives or genres together to create a unique fusion,” says James, who’s a student in Munich. “The inspiration for this was a blend of street photography and outdoor-landscape photography.” TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ohsnapjames

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During a celebration of Iceland’s National Day, photographer Annie Ling ( @annielingphoto) captures the crowning of a select “Fjallkona,” or Lady of the Mountain — the female incarnation of Iceland. “Here in Iceland, women are naturally perceived as powerful and independent,” says Annie. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @annielingphoto

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We’re heading to Los Angeles for @vidcon, an annual celebration of all things online video. Watch our Instagram story now to see the action with some of our favorite creators.

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Now you see it, now you don’t, in this BoomerangOfTheWeek from Elizabeth Tsareva ( @liztsarevna). 🐈 🔥 Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. Boomerang by @liztsarevna

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Weekend Hashtag Project: WHP🌈 In many countries around the world, June is Pride Month. So, for the third year in a row, we’re celebrating with WHP🌈. The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos of people celebrating diversity, love and the LGBTQ community. Here’s how to get started: The rainbow is a symbol of LGBTQ pride and social movements. Seek out rainbows or create your own. Look for opportunities to make a Boomerang or a video at a pride parade or celebration. Whether you’re hanging out with friends or making new ones, ask them about what pride means to them and share their response in a caption to their portrait. PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHP🌈 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. Featured photo by @thealex_turner

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Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s WeeklyFluff: Timothy ( @timothy_the_mini_pig), a house-trained piggy with an adorably squishy nose. 🐽 When he’s not eating, sleeping or playing with his human mama, Timothy likes learning new tricks — as long as they result in a treat, of course. Follow @timothy_the_mini_pig to never miss a day in Timothy’s life.

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Annie Flanagan’s ( @annieflanagan) portraits are so intimate, so full of private moments and bared emotion, that you’re almost compelled to avert your gaze — but don’t. “Such a large part of the hate, confusion and judgement, gender-based or otherwise, stems from a lack of understanding,” says Annie, a New Orleans-based gender-neutral photographer and filmmaker. Currently, Annie’s working on a documentary project that introduces the genderqueer community to rural communities. “The more people can get to know each other, and the situations that are threatening or unfamiliar to them, the more they can identify with each other,” Annie says. “We all have so much to learn. Creating this intimate work can, in whatever small way, open up spaces for conversations and healing.” It’s June, and in many countries that means it’s time to celebrate Pride2017. All month long, we’ll be sharing stories from diverse LGBTQ community members from around the world, like Annie. Photo by @annieflanagan

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“I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I was a kid,” says Malik Monk ( @ahmad_monk), a 19-year-old former shooting guard on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, who’s heading into today’s NBA draft as one of the most sought-after picks. Though he only spent a year at Kentucky, Malik helped his team advance well into the NCAA tournament — “I’m proud of how we made it to the Elite Eight with such a young team” — and is ready for the next level of challenges he’ll come up against in the NBA. “I’m really looking forward to the competition,” he says. “I’m going to be playing against the best players in the world.” 🏀 Head to @ahmad_monk to follow along with Malik for the NBADraft. Photo by @ahmad_monk

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Some 13 year olds ask for bikes, later curfews or larger allowances; Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight ( @brooklynandbailey) asked for their own online video channel. “We grew up on our mom’s channel,” say the Texas-based twins, who gained their ease in front of the camera by acting as hair models for their mother’s own hairstyle-focused video channel. “Viewers were asking about us all the time, so we really hoped for our channel to showcase our personalities and the more personal aspects of our lives.” Four years later, Brooklyn and Bailey post new videos every week, which is dedicated to “all things fun” — anything from beauty trend trial and errors to comedy sketches and songs. “We try to showcase the normal, day-to-day aspects of being teenagers,” they say, which includes thinking about college. What will become of the dynamic duo’s channel once they strike out on their own? “We still plan to film videos while at college. We’re both excited for those adventures, but nervous to be away from home for the first time!” This week, Brooklyn and Bailey are headed to VidCon, an annual celebration of videos and video creators. Photo by @brooklynandbailey

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