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Spotlight: South Africa

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series, Spotlight, we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

South Africa, the African continent’s southernmost country, boasts 11 official languages, three capital cities and some of the most photogenic landscapes in the world. Instagrammers both homegrown and from abroad have given outsiders a glimpse into this vast and diverse country, from the Namib desert in the northwest to the subtropical forests in the east to the coastline that stretches over 1700 miles (2700km).

Want an insider’s view of South Africa? Follow these locals to see the country through their lens.

  • Ofentse Mwase, a cinematographer snapping photos from Johannesburg and its outskirts — @unclescrooch
  • Alessio La Ruffa, taking beautiful photos in and around Pretoria — @alessiolr
  • Ross Pickford, a software developer sharing photos from Cape Town — @roscoedude
  • Gareth Pon, a filmmaker photographing Johannesburg’s cityscapes — @garethpon

To explore the country in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of South Africa’s most popular destinations:

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Chasing Art, Adding Artists with @joshuabgeyer

Want to learn more about street art in NYC? Be sure to follow Joshua @joshuabgeyer and artists @jr, @aakashnihalani, @alicepasquini, @oleknycand @kennyscharfon Instagram

Since modern graffiti first appeared on the subways in the 1970s, New York City has been a hub for street art. In the past, many of the artists behind these works chose to protect their identities and remain anonymous for fear of consequences, but the tide is changing as the art form gains more popular acceptance.

New York photographer Joshua Geyer (@joshuabgeyer) unveils the layers of anonymity with Instagram. Committed to visually documenting the city’s street art, Joshua uses Instagram and his knowledge of the street art community to connect his followers with artists. “Just seeing and photographing the art wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to know who did this piece, who put that sticker there, or how long did that mural take, etc…I became obsessed with learning as much as I could,” he explains. “And I always add context to my pictures so others can learn from me and know the artists behind the work.”

By adding artists on Instagram to his photos and mentioning them in his captions and comments, Joshua’s followers can discover new artists and the artists themselves can source photos of their work from the Instagram community. “I am a strong believer of giving credit where credit is due,” he explains. “My followers love seeing new work from new artists and the artists love having new people appreciate their gifts. It really is a win-win situation and it makes me happy to be able to help make that connection.”

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Spotlight: Melbourne

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series, Spotlight, we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

The city of Melbourne—Victoria’s capital and the second most populous city in Australia—was deemed the most livable city in the world two years in a row, causing a plethora of artists to move into the city’s limits. Due to the ever-changing skyline’s modern, cutting-edge designs and its diverse, historical architecture there is never a shortage of photographic inspiration.

Want to view Melbourne from an insider’s perspective? We put together a list of some amazing Instagrammers from in and around the city.

  • Kamil Sharaidin, Malaysian architect and photographer living in Melbourne— @kamilsharaidin
  • Farrah Allan, wedding photographer — @farrahallan
  • Stephanie Stamatis, stylist and designer with an affinity for rustic greenery — @stephanie_somebody
  • Cleo Coppinger, model and photographer documenting her day-to-day adventures — @cleocoppinger

To explore the city in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of Melbourne’s more popular landmarks:

  • The Arts Center, known for its easily recognizable and iconic spire
  • Federation Square, a civic center and structure with unique and beautiful architecture
  • Eureka Skydeck 88, the highest public vantage point—285 meters (935 feet)—in the southern hemisphere.
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground, the tenth-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, and the largest stadium for playing cricket.

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Tokyo Skytree Turns One

See more photos of the Skytree by browsing the 東京スカイツリー (Tokyo Skytree) and 東京スカイツリー 天望デッキ location pages.

One year ago today, the Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) officially opened to the public. Standing 634 meters (2,080 feet), the Skytree is the tallest tower and the second largest structure in the world. The Skytree took four years to build and in the last year alone over 6.3 million people visited the tower—many capturing the experience on Instagram.