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On our story: yo-yo champion Thawhir Iqbal (@thawhir) — and his friends Ian (@iansorandom) and Marcus (@marcusk0h) — show off their skills in Singapore. 🌀 “Apart from winning competitions, the best part of yo-yoing is to be able to make friends and connections with other people who share the same passion as me worldwide,” says 19-year-old Thawhir, who is a six-time Singapore national champion. “I do love to share my passion to non-yo-yo players whenever they ask about it. It makes me happy when I see the amazement on their faces when I showcase to them what modern yo-yoing looks like.”

Photo by @kaji_nori06
In Japan, it’s the season for rainy days and yellow ginkgo leaves. #TheWeekOnInstagram

Photo by @raffsoares
Like two peas in a pod. 👭 #TheWeekOnInstagram

Photo by @xavierreycolors
We’re all smiles seaside for the #TheWeekOnInstagram.

#Boomerang by @chu_morr
We’re jumping for joy with today’s #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Teresa Argudo (@chu_morr) captured this lovely leap of her daughter’s new rhythmic gymnastics team. “After three months training together, this #Boomerang was made after her first participation in a local festival.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. It might show up here on @instagram.

Featured photo by @natchitwood
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthankful
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos of the people, places and things you are most grateful for in your everyday life, as in this featured photo by Natalie Chitwood (@natchitwood). Here are some tips to get you started:
Make portraits of the people that matter to you most — from a best friend to a mentor, a coach or a parent. Furry companions count, too!
How do you express your thankfulness through action? Capture the ways you show that you’re grateful to those around you, like baking cookies for family or volunteering time to help your community.
Use your captions to give meaning and context to your photos and videos. Well-chosen words can make a photograph even more powerful.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPthankful 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.

It wasn’t an easy decision for Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño, better known as Maluma (@maluma), to give up soccer as a teenager in order to pursue music. But last night as he performed at the Latin Grammys (@latingrammys) in Las Vegas, where he was nominated for multiple awards, the choice felt increasingly right. “It is an honor,” says Maluma. “Having those multiple nominations makes me reflect on what a great year 2017 has been, and how far I’ve come.”
From the dressing room to the stage, spend the evening at the Latin Grammys with Maluma — all on our Instagram story. 🎶

Video by @_pizzicato_
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Buona (@_pizzicato_), an exotic shorthair cat from Japan. This 2-year old fierce feline is equal parts sulky and sweet. She’s known to turn up her tail to treats if she’s not in the mood, but also loves making little sounds and curling up close to get your attention.
Watch today’s story to see learn more about Buona’s world — not to mention, her chic style. 🐱💕

Photo of @juliomorel94 and @scarguemez by @omarzrobles
When photographer Omar Robles (@omarzrobles) thinks of Latin American culture, “solidarity” is the word that comes to mind. “We generally seek each other and try to help each other as much as we can,” says the New York City-based photographer, who is originally from Puerto Rico. Before he worked as a photographer, Omar studied mime in Europe under French actor Marcel Marceau. “You can create stories in photography without using words,” Omar notes, of the connection between his past and present pursuits.
These days, he’s busy bringing visibility to another group of artists: ballet dancers. “Whenever people think of ballet and dance in general, hardly anyone thinks about Latin America. What’s interesting is that many of the major companies in the world have actually had principal dancers that are from Latin American countries. There is a strong tradition and there is a lot of talent,” he says.
For a closer look at Omar’s dance photography series, check out our Instagram story.

Photo by @thebirrell
Lachlan Birrell (@thebirrell) grabbed a pal and a skateboard and headed outside in South Australia. “I always try to use natural light in my shots,” says Lachlan. “The warmth of the golden sunlight is my favorite aspect of this picture — that, and the memories of having a good time with friends.” ✨ #WHPfindthelight

Photo by @aljvd
At the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, Altamash Javed (@aljvd) took this nuanced photo. “I saw a group of men standing in a glow beyond the glass, so I lifted my camera and made sure to focus on them,” he says. “I like that it’s also kind of a self-portrait.” #WHPfindthelight

Photo by @algifs
“There are so many surprises in street photography,” says Algi Febri Sugita (@algifs), who spotted this man in a shadow, waiting for a necklace to be repaired.
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPfindthelight.

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