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What’s life like for a young joey at the Kangaroo Sanctuary (@thekangaroosanctuary)? “You’ve got to imitate mom’s pouch. For a little orphaned kangaroo, we put him in a pillowcase, and we carry him around by holding him to our stomachs, so he can feel our breathing and the warmth of our bodies,” says Christopher “Brolga” Barns, who spent a decade as a zookeeper before establishing 200 acres (81 hectares) of bushland in Alice Springs for raising and rehabilitating kangaroos, earning himself the nickname Kangaroo Dundee. “It’s a very common animal in Australia, and we take it for granted. So I wanted to set up a place that celebrates the animal.” Brolga leads tours of the sanctuary — which many visitors are surprised to learn don’t begin until sunset. “A lot of people are unaware that they’re actually a nocturnal animal,” he explains. Despite his love for raising ‘roos, Brolga’s overarching mission is to promote a natural coexistence. “It is really a lifelong dream to be able to have wild animals in your care, and to watch them grow up; and then one day, if everything goes well, watch them run off into the sunset and live a wild life.” Video by @thekangaroosanctuary
To celebrate the Centennial of the US National Park Service, photographer Chris Burkhard (@chrisburkard) is exploring Montana’s Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) and taking us along on his breathtaking adventure. Watch our Instagram story to follow Chris as he takes in the tall peaks, clear waters and hidden treasures that make Glacier National Park magical. 🌲✨ #FindYourPark Photo by @chrisburkard
Rodrigo Friscione (@rodrigofriscione) wasn’t born underwater, but it was close enough. His father owned a dive shop in Cancún, Mexico. “As long as I can remember, I was surrounded by diving — tanks, boats, gear, fish, all of it,” the 32-year-old photographer, who still lives in Cancún, says. Rodrigo works for Pelagic Life, a Mexican organization focused on protecting the high seas. “Most of our efforts center on shark fishing, because sharks are on the brink of extinction; they are a representative species of oceans worldwide.” On a family trip to the Galápagos in 2003, Rodrigo started playing around with a camera, and he’s documented his underwater adventures since. His photos offer a breathtaking view of the wildlife beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific. “My favorite subjects are marine mammals, they are incredibly smart and they interact with you when you are underwater,” he says. Photo by @rodrigofriscione
Matilde Gattoni (@matildegattoni) has her #EyesOn the world’s displaced communities. Working across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the Italian photographer’s stories are driven by realizations she makes on the ground. “I was very surprised to learn that there are 13 countries along the coast of West Africa that are seriously being affected by the consequences of climate change,” she says. “One day we were in a very small village in Ghana, and there was a very severe high tide. And in just one night, that village lost 5 meters [16 feet] of land.” Matilde intentionally covers a broad range of countries and scenarios to highlight the interconnectedness of environmental issues. “Climate change in [another] part of the world is caused by the fact that the icebergs are melting north of Europe,” she explains. Some observers have commented that she seems especially focused on women, but Matilde sees it differently: “It’s often women that fight for their lives, the survival of their families. ‘What if this was me? What if this was my life?’ This is what I really hope that readers see in my pictures.” Photo by @matildegattoni
For @samsonthedood, a goldendoodle from Brooklyn, New York, reading is best paired with a cup of tea (and always followed by a nap). #WHPbookworm Photo by @samsonthedood
“I always wanted to be a director,” says Mohamed Abdallah (@mrtam13), a 25-year-old filmmaker from Tunisia, whose powerful work won the Fan Favorite Award at the first #TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival (@tiff_net). Fittingly titled “Hope,” the movie follows Emer Guesmi, a 16-year-old B-boy who lost his legs in an accident when he was young. “Emer is a real dreamer,” adds Mohamed. “He is legless but still happy and full of hope for the future.” Video by @mrtam13
Stacks on stacks — @irinahp is right at home on this spiral staircase with a book in hand. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from #WHPbookworm. #Boomerang of @irinahp by @me_and_mango
This hungry little friend is @aravisdolmenna’s clever creation for #WHPbookworm 🐛. We’re left wondering, exactly how many pages did he munch? Follow along as we feature more of our favorite #WHPbookworm submissions. Photo by @aravisdolmenna
For British runner Mo Farah (@gomofarah), going the distance isn’t just about winning races — it’s about putting in the work to be one of the best in the world. “I always think about what I’ve put myself through over the past four years,” Mo says. “120 miles a week, months away from the family — the physical and mental challenges can be brutal. Train, eat, sleep, repeat!” After his performance at the London Games and this year in Rio, the 33-year-old became the first man in 40 years to win gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in back-to-back Olympic Games. Mo’s fans are what keeps him going during grueling competitions. “Having people shouting your name on the track, believing in you, can mean the difference between success and failure,” Mo says. Photo of Mo and Tania Farah by @gomofarah
“It’s basically like seeing a shooting star every five minutes,” says William Praniski (@praniski), who traveled away from the city and into the Brazilian countryside to witness this meteor shower. “I try to do it every year. Everyone should do it — it changes your perspective about life and the universe.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @praniski
To capture the full sensory experience of late summer in Russia, Andrey Belavin (@ted.ns) was up before 5 a.m. to look out over this mythical lighthouse along the banks of the Ugra River. “I’d like you to try to feel the smell of fresh bright green grass, the breath of wind, the coolness of morning dew and the warmth of people around,” says Andrey. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ted.ns
He shoots ... he scores! (Kind of.) Jephthah Leito (@jephthahls) sunk this basket on a day off with friends in Amsterdam. 🏀 That day, he challenged the group to see who could make the best Boomerang, and today, he takes home the prize of #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @jephthahls
For botanical artist Charles Loh (@mossingarden), every plant has its own character and preferences. “Plants are strange creatures,” he says. “I always look out for foliage, textures, color and how wild they could be — I love plants with roots and stems all over.” He spends hours at nurseries to find the perfect plants for his projects. But of all those he works with, his favorite is moss. “I’m telling the story of how even common plants, which are always around us, can be beautiful enough to be appreciated,” Charles, who lives in Singapore, says. “I would like to encourage people to slow down and take a second look at what is around us.” Charles also collaborates with fashion houses such as @gucci, for which he designed this scene (pictured).“It’s been a blessing to be able to see and meet artists around the world connecting with one another through this project.” Photo by @mossingarden
When he was a teenager, Tom Saater (@tomsaater) took photos on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria, a location that doubled as his home. “I started asking tourists or anyone I saw with a camera on the street if they would let me take a few pictures and if they would then send me the photos,” Tom says. “I was sleeping close to the post office during this period of my life, so I would ask strangers to please send my copies of the pictures I had taken with their camera to that post office.” Despite the challenges of his situation, Tom managed to build a portfolio, secure a camera — through the kindness of a tourist — and started landing assignments. Now 31 and based in Lagos, he travels the world to document events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (pictured). “Photography is what brought me out of my shell; it was how I was first able to connect with people again. I believe that every human is equal and amazing and I use photography as a way to document and highlight diverse human experiences.” #WorldPhotoDay Photo by @tomsaater
#MyStory is about capturing the extraordinary moments within the ordinary ones, the magic inside of everyday life.” —Australian photojournalist Natalie Grono (@nataliegrono), who turned the lens toward her own 4- and 6-year-old daughters to capture their imaginative world. “I’d always taken photos of children because I just love their nature, and as my daughters got a bit older, I started photographing them. I’m inspired by their world of fantasy and shadows and play and drama. They play so naturally that nothing can ever really be staged, so I’m just kind of following them around in their own little world. “I don’t know if they’ll want me to continue following them around with a camera as they get older, but I haven’t thought too much about that yet. That’s what I love about childhood — children are so good at playing and being in the moment that they’re not worried about what’s going to happen next.” Photo by @nataliegrono