The 150 Best Instagram Accounts of 2015

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UPDATE: The 2016 list of the 100 best Instagram accounts is out now! 

This is the Insta list to end all Insta lists—the one that actually counts. If you’re obsessed with Instagram and want to know about the best, coolest, most interesting Instagram accounts with the most incredible, mouth-watering, jaw-dropping and creative photography, DailyTekk just made your life easy.

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So far this year DailyTekk has rounded up and ranked the 100 best Vine accounts, the 100 best YouTubers, the 100 best Pinners and the 100 best blogs and websites of 2015.

After literally days of research and curation (we sifted through a lot of crappy and even very good Instagram accounts to find those that are truly great), we’ve established what, in our mind, constitutes the 150 best Instagram accounts of 2015. We’ve even categorized this list to make it as easy as possible to navigate. Is there anyone you would nominate for next year’s list? Leave us a comment below.

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Exclusive First Look: @pure.west

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Update June 25: While we’re thrilled to be able to showcase some of the best well-established Instagrammers in this article, we wanted to take things a bit further by introducing the world to one of the best emerging Instagram accounts: @pure.west. The account showcases the best of the western part of the United States from Colorado to Wyoming and soon Utah, Arizona, California and more. It’s run by a husband and wife team that only posts images taken with an iPhone 6 Plus. As discussed here, almost every large Instagram account got a start by being featured somewhere. We hope that being featured here leads to good things for pure.west as well. The above shot is a sample of their work. If you like it, please consider following them on the travel adventures. As of this update, pure.west is so new it only has 8 followers — let’s help them get off the ground!

10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts

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  1. Alex Strohl – My mind is blown. Awesome, awesome pictures & places.
  2. Kyle Kuiper – Travel, nature, adventure… it’s all here.
  3. Renan Ozturk – Daaang!
  4. Jimmy Chin – All kinds of adventure.
  5. National Geographic Travel – The official account of NatGeo. Can’t beat it.
  6. Airbnb – Opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay.
  7. Humans of New York – New York City, one story at a time.
  8. Nike – All kinds of brand-related fun.
  9. Happsters – Sharing happy inspiration.
  10. Garrett Cornelison – Life on Earth is really kind of amazing.

Amazing Photography

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The best photographers on Instagram:

  1. Dan Rubin – Perhaps my favorite photographs on Instagram.
  2. Hiroaki Fukuda – These photos are mind-bending and surreal.
  3. Simone Bramante – Storytelling first.
  4. Varun Thota – Stunning photos. The guy behind #mytoyplane.
  5. nunoassis – Portuguese architect living in Macau.
  6. Sam Horine – Travel, nature, architecture and more. NYC-based.
  7. Janske – Absolutely amazing nature and other photos.
  8. David Guttenfelder – National Geographic photographer — iPhone only.
  9. Jussi Ulkuniemi – Photographer from Finland.
  10. Kevin Russ – iPhone-only travel, nature and adventure.
  11. Mike Kus – UK-based designer shooting awesome things.
  12. Emily Blincoe – Photography, yes, but creativity to the max.
  13. Brenton Clarke Little – Nature, cities, architecture and more.
  14. Michael O’Neal – All kinds of surreal stuff.
  15. Michael Christopher Brown – Lots of interesting people.
  16. Jacob Santiago – Photos from around NYC.
  17. David Ingraham – Lots of B&W.
  18. Ariel Concepcion – A fun way to see NYC.
  19. croyable – Dutch photographer.
  20. Dave Yoder – Contract photographer for National Geographic.

Travel

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The best travel photographers on Instagram:

  1. AFAR – A community of travel enthusiasts.
  2. Cole Rise – One of the best…
  3. Cory Richards – National Geographic photographer. Need I say more?
  4. Zak Shekhamer – Adventure filmmaker.
  5. Gary Arndt – Perpetually traveling since 2007.
  6. Murad Osmann – A guy and his wife traveling the world together.
  7. Passion Passport – Get inspired to travel.
  8. Nicole Warne – A realm of vivid color and endless possibilities (aka garypeppergirl).
  9. Kirsten Alana – All. Over. The. Place.
  10. Trey Ratcliff – An explorer (with really cool toys).
  11. Andrew Kelly – Follow his life working in North Korea.
  12. Jefferson – Wanderlust. Paris-based.
  13. theplanetd – 100+ countries. 7 continents.
  14. Adam Senatori – This is what happens when you cross a pilot with a photographer.
  15. bipolaire61 – Mostly photos of the arctic. Other great travel pics too.
  16. Gareth Pon – Creative, filmmaker, photographer. From South Africa.
  17. Oleg Artemyev – Russian astronaut with, what else—great views.
  18. Matsumoto Kazuo – Japan.
  19. Laura Ruth – Travel minus the typical.
  20. Daniel Noll – Connecting people to life-changing experiences & uncornered markets.

Daredevils

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The best daredevil photographers on Instagram:

  1. Vadim Makhorov – You’re about to feel dizzy…
  2. Humza Deas – Feet… dangling. Plus lots of great city shots.
  3. Demidism – Shhh.
  4. Raskalov – #ontheroofs.
  5. Alexander Remnev – Watch your step…
  6. Duncan Philpott – Daredevils, captured.
  7. Andy Bardon – Adventure sports, people and cool locations.
  8. Andrew Tso – Hong-Kong-based.
  9. KC Deane – A pro athlete.
  10. Aquabumps – Waves and people colliding.

Artistic

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The best artists on Instagram:

  1. Banksy – Messages from a spray can.
  2. Lorraine Loots – Ant-sized artwork (really, really good artwork).
  3. Brooklyn Street Art – Leading a conversation about art in the streets.
  4. Jose Parla – Always transitory.
  5. Manolo Saviantoni – Pixel art.
  6. Elena Limkina – Lots of great watercolors.
  7. Zoë Williams – Felt art.
  8. Javier Perez – Simple, interesting art.
  9. Daniel Arsham – Cool installations captured in B&W.
  10. FriendsWithYou – All kinds of interesting.

Foodies

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The best foodies on Instagram:

  1. Julie Lee – A food photographer from LA.
  2. Alice Gao – NYC-based food photographer. More than just food.
  3. Angela Liddon – Veggie lovin’ Canadian mom.
  4. Ashley Rodriguez – Creator of Not Without Salt.
  5. Diane Cu – Food and other fun stuff.
  6. Teresa Cutter – Delicious functional foods.
  7. Dominique Ansel – A bakery chef’s creations and eats.
  8. Food52 – Helping people become better, smarter and happier cooks.
  9. spoonforkbacon – Food stylist/photographer. Original recipes.
  10. Blue Bottle Coffee – Awesome coffee-related photos.

Design

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The best designers on Instagram:

  1. Dana Tanamachi – Brooklyn-based designer and letterer.
  2. Justin Maller – Australian digital designer.
  3. Chuck Anderson – Artist, designer and creative director.
  4. Hey – Design studio from Barcelona.
  5. Erik Marinovich – Mmmm, typography.
  6. Jorge Lawerta – A talented Spanish illustrator.
  7. Dirk Bakker – Awesome architecture.
  8. Apartment Therapy – Saving the world one room at a time.
  9. Kate Arends – Clean, simple interior design.
  10. Nick Deakin – Independent designer.

Fashion

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The best fashion Instagrammers:

  1. Aimee Song – Founder of Song of Style.
  2. Charlotte G. – Founder of The Fashion Guitar.
  3. Camille Charrière – Parisienne living in London.
  4. Natalie Joos – Write/photographer for Tales Of Endearment.
  5. Pernille Teisbaek – Fashion stylist.
  6. J.Crew – Snapped.
  7. India Rose – 86k followers can’t be wrong.
  8. This Is Glamorous – Just what it sounds like.
  9. Helena Bordon – Have fun.
  10. Cara Brook – Makeup artist.

Creative

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The most creative people on Instagram:

  1. Red (Hong Yi) – Artist + shy rebel.
  2. Lily Stockman – Overflowing with creativity.
  3. Roy Mallari – When leaves become art.
  4. Ida Skivenes – When food becomes art.
  5. Jordan Ferney – Oh happy day.
  6. peachesandkeen – You’ll just have to see for yourself.
  7. Sarah Palmer – Pics of stuff she creates and other stuff too.
  8. Things Organized Neatly – The opposite of messy.
  9. Junanto Herdiawan – Also known as “the flying traveler.”
  10. Leela Cyd – Photographer, dreamer and maker.

Interesting…

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The most interesting Instagram accounts:

  1. payphones – Payphone photography.
  2. Rachel Ryle – Illustrator and animator. Wow.
  3. rubbleandrock – Part-time fruit surgeon.
  4. Darryl Jones – Ever wonder what a stormtrooper does in his off time?
  5. Able Ground – Rocks and other interesting things.
  6. Jaemy Choong – Movie posters held in front of people. Often funny. Sometimes bizarre.
  7. C+C Mini Factory – Miniatures in fanciful environments.
  8. Hans Ulrich Obrist – Collects handwriting from a bunch of people.
  9. iloveplaymo – Playmobile + photo.
  10. 9gag – Funny in a photo.

Famous

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The best celebrity Instagram accounts:

  1. Taylor Swift – The star.
  2. Jimmy Fallon – Tonight Show host and Saved By The Bell lover.
  3. Drew Barrymore – Lots of interesting pictures. Not your typical celebstagram.
  4. Lauren Conrad – TV star and fashion mogul.
  5. Jamie Oliver – A bit more interesting than your average chef’s Instagram.
  6. Zooey Deschanel – Actress, singer.
  7. Tony Hawk – As in, the skateboarder.
  8. Richard Branson – Tie-loathing adventurer.
  9. Victoria Beckham – Because Beckhams.
  10. The Rock – Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson.

Animals

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The best animal Instagrams:

  1. Piggy & Polly – 2 dogs, many creative photos.
  2. Jack – A lovable, curious cockatiel.
  3. Michael & Hero – Adventures of a white german shepherd.
  4. Maya On The Move – Maya the bulldog having adventures.
  5. Cosmo – A cheeky 5-year-old Golden from Malaysia.
  6. Digby and Aloysius Van Winkle – Griffons from NZ.
  7. Andrew Knapp – Photos of a cool dog in cool places/poses. Other cool pictures too.
  8. BuBu The Chinchilla – Follow the adventure of an 8-year-old, happy Chinchilla.
  9. Biddy The Hedgehog – A hedgehog with more followers than you.
  10. Jeremy Veach – Want some pug?

Nature

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The best nature Instagram photographers:

  1. Stefano Unterthiner – Simply astonishing animal and nature pics.
  2. Shane Black – “I’d rather be timelapsing.”
  3. Chris Burkard – Wow. This photographer is in his element in nature.
  4. Scott Rickenberger – Color and B&W nature stunners.
  5. Scott Rankin – Vancouver and beyond.
  6. Sandra Lundin – A Swedish photographer.
  7. Mike Seehagel – Nature and more. From Calgary.
  8. Ethan McClintock – Lots of nature—lot’s else.
  9. Simon Flip – Nature with a vintage look.
  10. Thomas Peschak – Sea life up close and personal.

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