Mashable got in touch with Instagram’s community team, made up of Josh Riedel (@josh on Instagram) and Jessica Zollman (@jayzombie) to get their take on the app’s phenomenal success.
“Since we launched in October 2010, it’s been both rewarding and humbling to see people around the world embrace Instagram as a way of sharing small moments of life through gorgeous mobile photos,” Josh told Mashable.
“Every day, we get the chance to discover what’s happening around the world and in our friends’ lives by scrolling through our Instagram feeds, and we’re excited for the many beautiful photos we’re bound to see as the community continues to grow.”
Athipan Wongsuebyut (@awnoom)
Josh Riedel: "This photo was taken in Thailand during the flooding last year, yet there's something hopeful about the photo: the forward motion of the boat gives the sense that this too will pass."
Adam Senatori (@adamsenatori)
Josh Riedel: "I love seeing the world the way others see it, especially when they live most of their life in the sky. Adam Senatori is a pilot who snaps photos on his iPhone while thousands of feet up in the air. There's something calming about this aerial view of a farm in western Wisconsin."
Allan Hinton (@chaiwalla)
Jessica Zollman: "I love when people share portraits of their friends or family on Instagram, providing a window to their lives, and this is one of those portraits that just demands you stop in your feed and look! The autumn leaves, her red lipstick and the orange hat all filtered through Valencia - such a beautiful blend of colors."
Maura Grace (@folkfibers)
Josh Riedel: "I love the way you can travel through photos. Maura (@folkfibers) travels the USA in her VW van, and her photos take you along for the ride. I like to imagine Maura pulling to the side of the road and leaning out her window to snap this shot as she's leaving the park."
Philip Park (@komeda)
Josh Riedel: "Millions of people live in Seoul, but this photo makes you believe there is only this one man and his bicycle."
Matt Rubin (@mattrubin)
Jessica Zollman: "I'm a sucker for cars, architecture and typography, so this was a no brainer favorite. I think the best part about this image is that, if you look carefully, you can see that the photographer managed to capture himself taking this photo in the shop window."
Benjamin Heath (@benjaminheath)
Jessica Zollman: "Iconic photos of San Francisco landmarks are commonplace in my feed,
but this photo brought a fresh perspective. I love the soft light, the haze from the fog and that there is so much sky."
Robert Josiah (@robertjosiah)
Jessica Zollman: "The marriage of blinding white with bright colors and a blue hue creates a sterile feeling to this image, and often appears to be iridescent as a result of the depth of field. This is a great example of how subtly editing with iPhone applications can create a beautiful image."
Shah Kashani (@shahkashani)
Josh Riedel: "This was taken during the Giants Superbowl parade in NYC. I saw a bunch of parade photos in my feed that day, but this one stood out. It made me feel like I was there watching, too."
Jessica Zollman: "The composition of this image is just fantastic. The use of the blur tool to create depth of field, and the warm tones over the black & white processing sets such a beautiful mood."
Tyson Wheatley (@twheat)
Josh Riedel: "Sometimes it's best to focus on the parts rather than the whole. I love all the shades of grey in this photo, the splotches of white, the wrinkles and creases around the eye."
Lindsey Garrett (@modchik)
Jessica Zollman: "We couldn't leave out a cat photo! Weebee is one of many photogenic Instapets, and she looks pretty great in Rise. This is also a beautifully composed shot, broken up into three sections and perfectly focused on the subject."