Left to right: AhmadMousa (@ahmadmousa); LauraBoushnak (@lauraboushnak); ImanAlDabbagh (@photosbyiman)

Everyday Middle East

Instagram has become one of the most significant platforms for empowering photographers since the creation of the Internet. In just three years, the app has given photographers more freedom to propel their own stories beyond traditional media. A few well-chosen hashtags and the ability to share via other social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr with a swipe of your thumb, photographers can connect their work to millions of users who might have never seen it. Their influence is relayed in real-time numbers via followers and comments, and has reshaped journalism.

Everyday Everywhere is one of a handful of groups that has found a way to leverage that influence and create a space where photographers can connect people to their world consistently despite the continents separating them. Everyday Everywhere is the result of a collaboration among Peter DiCampo, Austin Merrill, and Grant Slater who initially had the idea. The first seeds for the project were planted in 2012 with the hashtag #everydayafrica, garnering more than 100,000 followers. Photographers around the world quickly began tagging their own work based on the countries or cities they were in.  In  2014, several photographers from 11 different Everyday Instagram accounts banded together to form The Everyday Projects. “The idea is to inspire and teach others to tell the stories of the world around them,” says the group’s mission statement. “Everyday images tell stories. Look outside yourself. Or look inside yourself and inside those around you. What makes everyday where you are?” Everyone, not just photographers, are encouraged to participate by including the tag “#everythingeverywhere” to their images.

Everyday Africa


All by JanaAsenbrennerova (@asenbrennerova)

Everyday Iran


Photos (left to right): Hamed Madami (@hamedbadami); Omid Akhavan (@omidakhavanphotography); NaserHesami (@naserhesami)

Everyday Egypt


Left to right: LeylandCecco (@leylandcecco); AniaKrukowska (@aniakrukowska); ChristinaRizk (@christinarizk)

Everyday Jamaica


Left to right: RuddyRoye (@ruddyroye); VivianBarclay (@vivianbarclay); Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye)

Everyday Asia


Left to Right: AsmitaParelkar (@asmitaparelkar); SimChiYin (@chiyin_sim); haithanh (@haithanhptw)

Everyday Latin America


Left to right: CesarMorejon (@cesarmorejon); TatianaFernandez (@tatiluka); AdrianaZehbrauskas (@adrianazehbrauskas)

Everyday Eastern Europe


Left to right: DavinEllicson (@davinellicson); CiprianHord (@ciprianhord); MattLutton (@mattlutton)