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It was night when Hanan and her family boarded the boat. "I was scared,” Hanan, who is 15, and grew up in Iraq, told me. "All I saw was water.” Hanan had never seen an ocean before -- and now was one of 50 other refugees whom crammed together onto a rubber boat. As it pushed out to sea and the waves started to rise, water started to rush in. "I didn't know how to swim," Hanan said. "I thought we would drown.” A year later, now in Germany, Hanan stands at the edge of a pool, getting ready to jump in the water for the first time. She is amongst a handful of other refugees learning to swim as a way of overcoming their fear of water and the journey they made.


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The Rhythm of Mood | Photograph by Eduardo Soler (@eduardo_soler_photography)
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“The foundation and early creation of a human tower in Catalonia. Every year in Spain, a Catalan tradition of building castells — a human tower reaching up to 10 stories — takes place in the town of Vilafranca del Penedès,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Eduardo Soler. “This image was photographed during the annual festivities in honor of Saint Felix, the town’s patron saint.”

“I love how my eye moves to the foundation of this castell. By shooting at a little higher perspective, you are revealing the huge crowd watching, and participating in these festivities. I feel the energy, the anticipation, the excitement as the human tower will continue to grow higher. And great decision to present this frame in black and white, I love it. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Video by @wrenees
A flexible schedule = lots of world travel for freelance designer Renee Lusano (@wrenees), who visits far-flung places like Greece, Hungary and Haiti with her drone. To document her travels, Renee creates drone selfies: “First, it shows a somewhat mundane photo of myself, and then as the drone flies up, it reveals that I’m in some expansive and incredibly beautiful place. Soon, you don’t even see me — it becomes not about the selfie, but about the scale of the environment I’m in.”
IGTV is a new app and a new space within Instagram for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed. Check out our channel to experience Renee’s drone selfies.


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Photo by @FransLanting Usually the magic light that can transform an ordinary scene into something extraordinary occurs at dawn or dusk, but in Arizona’s slot canyons it happens in the middle of the day. That’s when a shaft of light suffused with dust penetrates deep into a narrow canyon whose sandstone walls are shaped by water over time. Light bounces back and forth between the walls and it creates an ethereal luminosity at the bottom that is reminiscent of a cathedral. This particular canyon is located on Navajo tribal land. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of special places around the world.
@natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #beauty #awesome #amazing #colors #nature #picoftheday #earth


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Morro Bay - California ✨💙💙💙✨ Picture by ✨✨@omnitrigger✨✨
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#wonderful_places for a feature 💙


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STORY TAKEOVER! “The World’s Smallest French Bulldog is Taking Over!” Writes @pepperfrench | Catch Pepper takeover our Stories while out at @petco park during the @wholeheartedpets Dog Days of Summer event!


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Photo by @paulnicklen: A conservationist swimming with tiger sharks off of Oahu teaches surfers how to avoid being attacked by the massive predators, a danger that's real but far less common than drowning. #hawaii #underwater #swimming #sharks #adventure


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The Bouquinistes along the Banks of the Seine, Paris 📚


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