Every Monday we share some of our favorite Weekend Hashtag Project submissions on our blog at blog.instagram.com. Congratulations to @eatfish93, @ravivora, @piluro, @laurenmarek, @connortd, @ohdeardelgado, @pedrosmithson, @ugajiny and @lainetrees who all had featured submissions for #WHPspacedreams !
In India, 17-year-old Rajyanti dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor, but lives in a country where millions of girls are married before the age of 18. She successfully resisted her early marriage and told her story to photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.
Stephanie’s project, Too Young to Wed (@tooyoungtowed), joins the UK's Department for International Development (@dfid_uk) at the first Girl Summit (@girlsummit) in London. "I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind." To learn more about the stories behind the pictures, follow @stephsinclairpix.
Photo by @stephsinclairpix
Forty-five years after first setting foot on the Moon, humanity has set its eyes on Mars. In Hawaii, a team of “sMartians” (simulated Martians) is already practicing for life on a distant planet.
US Air Force Major Casey Stedman (@casey_stedman) is the Mission Commander for HISEAS (Hawaii-Space Exploration and Analog Simulation), an isolated "habitat module" on the volcanic island. "I haven't seen a tree, smelled the rain, heard a bird, or felt wind on my skin in four months," he says, describing life on the site chosen for its similarity to Mars. "You don’t really think about the tactical feedback you get from biting into crisp lettuce and a juicy hamburger, but that’s the one thing that’s lacking here," says Chief Technologist Ross Lockwood (@spincrisis), describing “sMartian” cuisine, which is packed for months of storage. "We’ve basically been subsisting on mush. Flavorful mush, but mush nonetheless. That’s actually one of my favorite parts of Instagram during the mission: all those pictures of food are helping me get through." To see more of life on sMars in Hawaii, follow @casey_stedman and @spincrisis.
Photo by @casey_stedman
Every Sunday we post a weekly roundup on our blog (blog.instagram.com), featuring some of our favorite photos and videos from the week. Congrats to those whose photos and videos are featured this week! @alexbernstine @buddycarr @christianjosep @davidalanharvey @hiiragianzu_miki @nanduss @ramazanramz @spencerist @teamwoodnote
Photo by @buddycarr