Take a moment and travel with us as we explore some of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s already that time again, when photographers get to show off their skills by entering the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. This year, the grand prize winner will score a once-in-a-lifetime trip, an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard one of two of National Geographic’s ships, the Sea Lion or the Sea Bird. You’ll get to explore the remote wilderness and remarkable wildlife of southeastern Alaska with a team of expert naturalists. This includes kayaking into protected coves and looking for sea otters, hiking through lush forest trails to cascading waterfalls, and getting up close to where brown bears feed.
You have until June 30 to enter your best photos in any of four categories Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.
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Duomo of Milan from Novecento Modern Art MuseumPatrons of Milan’s Novecento Modern Art Museum admiring the city’s Gothic cathedral. Taken with an iPhone.
Photo and caption by Kathryn Schipper / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Take a moment and travel with us as we explore some of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s already that time again, when photographers get to show off their skills by entering the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. This year, the grand prize winner will score a once-in-a-lifetime trip, an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard one of two of National Geographic’s ships, the Sea Lion or the Sea Bird. You’ll get to explore the remote wilderness and remarkable wildlife of southeastern Alaska with a team of expert naturalists. This includes kayaking into protected coves and looking for sea otters, hiking through lush forest trails to cascading waterfalls, and getting up close to where brown bears feed.

You have until June 30 to enter your best photos in any of four categories Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

via: http://www.mymodernmet.com

Duomo of Milan from Novecento Modern Art Museum
Patrons of Milan’s Novecento Modern Art Museum admiring the city’s Gothic cathedral. Taken with an iPhone.


Photo and caption by Kathryn Schipper / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso - One of Inc’s Top Female CEOs of 2012.

'nuff said. 

5 Brands that Understand Marketing on Instagram

In the past two years, 100 million people have discovered the filtering joys of Instagram. (Chances are you’re one of them.) And while Instagram is beloved for allowing us to snap and share our personal photos, it’s also begun to amass a following of brands that are leveraging the visually enticing platform to reach new audiences in creative — and effective — ways.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to get started (or how to grow your current Instagram community with a cool campaign), check out how these five brands are already leveraging the platform well.

1. Free People

The fashion brand, owned by Urban Outfitters, recently attached individualized hashtag cards to its jeans. On the cards, customers were encouraged to take a picture of themselves in the jeans, post the photo on Instagram, and tag it with a specific hashtag. The result: Photos of fabulous jeans circulating not only on Free People’s feed, but their followers’ too. From there, moderators at Free People handpicked photos to publish on its website, turning its consumers into models and engaging with its community in a fun, impactful way.

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2. Comodo

A Latin American restaurant in Soho, New York, Comodo recently created an “Instagram menu” by asking patrons to snap photos of their meals through Instagram and hashtag them #comodomenu. Now, customers (and curious potential customers) are able to search the hashtag to see photos of the restaurant’s offerings, creating a more intimate and engaging dining experience. And whetting a few appetites, too.

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3. Tiffany & Co

Earlier this year, Tiffany launched an Instagram campaign that offered followers three new Instagram filters: Tiffany blue, peach, and black and white. (Who doesn’t want more filters?) Followers were also encouraged to tag photos of themselves and their significant others #TrueLovePictures, which Tiffany featured a selection of on its True Love in Pictures website. The campaign was a great way for Tiffany to provide its followers with relevant, brand-related content, while also inviting them to take part in the experience.

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4. Fashion’s Night Out

This year, Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out launched an Instagram campaign around its iconic event, Fashion’s Night Out LIVE, that invited people taking part to tag their photos #FNO for the chance to have them published on the event’s microsite and Tumblr. The campaign provided Fashion’s Night Out with great user-generated content, plus a unique opportunity to connect with fashionistas taking part in the event in-person and virtually.

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5. Red Bull

Recently, Red Bull held an Instagram contest that gave away two tickets to this year’s Red Bull King of the Rock Finals basketball tournament in San Francisco. To enter, followers had to take a picture of themselves with a basketball in unexpected, surprising locations and tag their photos #TakeMeToTheRock. The contest not only got followers excited, but also allowed Red Bull to further its reach within the sports community in a natural, but fun, way.

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As you begin to create or amplify your presence on Instagram, focus on creating compelling day-to-day content. As with all of your social media platforms, make sure you’re posting often and with content that speaks to your audience.

And if you’re looking to launch a campaign, get creative! The more inspiring it is, the more your target audience will want to engage with your brand. And don’t forget to incorporate what you’re doing on Instagram across your other social media platforms so your community knows where to find you — and the types of fun content they can expect to find once they get there.

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Step into a certain alleyway in Sydney’s Angel Place and you’ll find a whimsical installation that’s meant to be both seen and heard. Back in 2009, artist Michael Thomas Hill created Forgotten Songs, an installation of 110 empty birdcages suspended high in the air that play the songs of fifty birds that once lived in central Sydney before the colonization and urbanization of the area. The sounds of the calls change from day to night with daytime birds’ songs disappearing with the sun and nocturnal birds, which inhabited the area, sounding late into the evening.

Though first commissioned as part of the City’s 2009 temporary laneway art program, the artwork proved to be so popular that visitors and city dwellers requested for it to remain as a permanent public installation. The public outcry led to 180 new rustproof cages to be re-installed with 10 speakers that play the sweet songs of 50 bird species. As a nice touch, the names of the birds that once populated the area are engraved on the paved stones beneath the cages.

Visitor Kate Andrews recently left this note about her first-hand experience of Forgotten Songs on the website Findery, “It was magical to stand in the alleyway and listen to the birdsong echoing off the walls.”

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Saint Laurent. Paris.

The entire collection is sooo my vibe.

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1. Time doesn’t fill me. I fill time.

2. The people around me are the people I chose.

3. I have never paid my dues.

4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn’t just happen to me.

6. Volunteers always win.

7. As long as I’m paid well, it’s all good.

8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

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More Diane Kruger!

Simply amazing…

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Rooney Mara

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Girls on Bikes

A couple weeks ago I got myself a little road bike. In this short time, I have totally become a bike person! I love it! It’s great being able to ride around with my boyfriend and enjoy some quality time together. Not only this, it’s an excellent way to commute (especially since I am in Denver at the moment, sans my car). 

Now, I get the fuss. Is this what happens once you hit your late twenties, early thirties? Everyone starts to get into biking? Seems as though in my circle of friends - this seems to be the case. 

Well, one of the things I love about biking is the affiliation it has with drinking beer! There’s so many little bike companies with cool, quality bikes - just like great little micro-brews! Nothing like riding for awhile, locking up your bike and hanging out on a patio someplace to have a beer!

Oh, and the gal on top. That’s me and my sweet little ride!