Every year Instagram organizes Worldwide InstaMeet (WWIMs), which are essentially scaled-up instameets, where instagrammers get together and take photographs.

Derek Hogan (www.instagram.com/iamderekhogan) and Arvind Ranganathan (www.instagram.com/rangarvind) are hosting World Wide Instameet 12 – Newport in Newport, Rhode Island on October 4th at 11am.

Locations and more details to come. For more information visit and follow the Facebook Event.

This Worldwide InstaMeet falls just before the Instagram community’s birthday on October 6.

Instructions from Instagram:

To celebrate the vibrant, diverse and global community that has grown since Instagram launched just five short years ago, the theme of #WWIM12 will be to share #todayimet portraits of the people you meet.

To help others connect to new and interesting people, ask the subject of your portrait about their favorite Instagram accounts, and include them in your caption with the #whoifollow hashtag.

Browse the #todayimet hashtag for portrait inspiration, and find out more about InstaMeets at community.instagram.com.

Update From Organizers on September 21st

Dearest Instafolk of Rhode Island,

We are all geared up for the ‪#‎WWIM12‬ (World Wide Instameet 12) on the 4th October this year and I’m so excited to be co-hosting it with @iamderekhogan at Newport, RI. The Chanler at Cliff Walk, @thechanler (formerly known as the “Cliff Walk Mansion”) has graciously agreed to be our receiving venue for the event. Which means we will arrive at the hotel at 11:00 for a “meet + greet” with some light refreshments followed by a photo-making adventure which would involve exploring this beautiful architectural marvel (built in 1873) + the amazing Cliff Walk which is quite frankly full of photo-ops!

Theme – ‪#‎todayimet‬ portraits are the theme for the ‪#‎instameet‬, which means you should take pictures of the people you met at the #instameet among other things

Parking – Great news! You can park at the hotel till 4:00 pm at which point they will need the space for another event.

Hashtags – the official event hashtag is ‪#‎WWIM12_NPT‬ (which stands for World Wide Instameet 12 Newport) along with ‪#‎thechanler‬ @thechanler for our receiving venue!

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

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