Instagram accounts that are worth your time (besides NatGeo)

Ok, I am getting into good terms with Instagram and acknowledging its usefulness to certain extent.

Just a few years ago, Instagram started as a collection of mirror selfies and everyday food pictures of ordinary folks in big Western cities. Soon after this, large chunk of Instagram got occupied by the travel sector and vacation photos with #blessed hashtag, ‘legs or sausages’, bikinis on the beach at sunrise, purple sunsets and all.

I still cannot entirely understand why Instagram wants to hold on to their mobile-only policy and would not allow people to upload photos via computer, despite the fact that most professional photography accounts are obviously not using smartphones to shoot hi-res awesomeness.

It is quite great that non-profit sector is gradually finding its way into visual narrative via Instagram, and professional documentary photographers take upon social media more frequently to access wider audience with their storytelling. Although surveys show that Instagram still mostly attracts female audience, we cannot deny that for modern-day netizens of both genders, like for ancient cave dwellers, more pictures less text is still a better way to absorb information.

Instagram has also spread much wider than the Western world. Some accounts are location-centered and deliver you the best of countries and regions that get a completely different coverage in mainstream media. Run by locals, aimed for the entire world.

Anyway, here are some Instagram accounts that are worth following for great stories, interesting angles and amazing people.

https://instagram.com/thelandofsnows/
My favourite account that follows the life and landscapes of Tibet, with complimentary travel advice for those who want to reach the rooftop of the world.

https://instagram.com/darrylljones/
Just to think that somebody’s investing so much time into staging and photographing life of an ordinary hipster Eric the Stormtrooper.

https://instagram.com/sadtopographies/
Sums up my love for Google maps. Full of potential honeymoon destinations.

Murder Island, Argyle, Canada #murder

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https://instagram.com/socalitybarbie/
Extremely social hipster Barbie wants to share her authentic travel life with you and fill you with wanderlust! She is a fearless traveller who climbs wild mountains, dives into wild pools, lives a wild authentic life and somehow always manages to take pictures of herself in most photogenic poses to make you jealous of her authentic lifestyle. Barbie’s travel life is perfect. She never even poops during her 2-week glamping trip in the woods.

https://instagram.com/everydayafrica/
In and out of Africa, this is what it’s all about.

https://instagram.com/humansofny/
Humans of New York and Brandon Stanton do not really need introduction. Simply a great account that follows stories of ordinary humans like me and you on the streets of big city. His recent coverage of Syrian refugee crisis through personal stories was beautiful.

“My husband and I sold everything we had to afford the journey. We worked 15 hours a day in Turkey until we had enough money to leave. The smuggler put 152 of us on a boat. Once we saw the boat, many of us wanted to go back, but he told us that anyone who turned back would not get a refund. We had no choice. Both the lower compartment and the deck were filled with people. Waves began to come into the boat so the captain told everyone to throw their baggage into the sea. In the ocean we hit a rock, but the captain told us not to worry. Water began to come into the boat, but again he told us not to worry. We were in the lower compartment and it began to fill with water. It was too tight to move. Everyone began to scream. We were the last ones to get out alive. My husband pulled me out of the window. In the ocean, he took off his life jacket and gave it to a woman. We swam for as long as possible. After several hours he told me he that he was too tired to swim and that he was going to float on his back and rest. It was so dark we could not see. The waves were high. I could hear him calling me but he got further and further away. Eventually a boat found me. They never found my husband.” (Kos, Greece)

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https://instagram.com/everydayiceland/
Iceland is a perfect country on many levels. This account sums it up pretty well, without corny filters.

Keep positive by @iuriebelegurschi 📡 #everydayiceland

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https://instagram.com/streetart_official/
Collections of street art from around the world. The way we view street art is changing every year: from underground illegal rebels many street artists turn into artistic entrepreneurs that get commissions from city officials to redecorate the urban environment. Does it make one less of a rebel?

https://instagram.com/zalmai/
Zalmaï is Afghan-Swiss photographer with an eye for a story: from refugees to Ukrainian protesters, from Afghanistan to Greece.

https://instagram.com/everydayiran/
Beautiful updates from Iranian photographers from different parts of this diverse and complicated country.

https://instagram.com/somiriahi/
Iranian tarvelling photographer with an interesting outlook on the stories of women and girls in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan.

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  1. mickey2travel says:

    Very useful and helpful! Thank you for sharing!

  2. psychanaut says:

    The only thing that could add to these landscapes is some dimly lit scenes of pseudo-Islamic skateboarding vampires.

    1. I heard ISIS had instagram account too, with nutella and kittens and rollerblades and gay porn

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