The 100 best Instagram accounts of 2016

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Wow I can’t believe it’s already year 2 in our top 100 Instagram series. Last year’s list was amazing (and actually contained 150 awesome Instagram accounts) but this year is equally stunning — if not more so! This year you will find a LOT of nature, outdoor and adventure photography. I guess that’s just what I ran into most over the last 12 months. Regular readers know that I build my top 100 lists over the period of 1 year, adding items to an Evernote list as I organically encounter them. And the result is a list of the 100 best Instagram accounts I ran into during that time that I think you should check out over the next 12 months! Note: I’m trying to only include people on this list once so if someone appeared last year they shouldn’t be on this year’s list unless I made a mistake.

If you’re new to DailyTekk, be sure to check out our other annual top 100 lists. This is already year 5 for our top 100 websites and we’ve already put up a brand new list this year of the top 100 podcasts. But don’t miss the top 100 YouTube channels, top 100 Viners and top 100 Pinterest accounts!

Featured Account

Last year we asked you guys to support up-and-coming Instagram account pure.west and you guys really came through. Before we featured the account it had 8 followers — a year later it’s close to 1,000! Each of the immensely talented, interesting people represented below all started somewhere.

Editors’ picks

  1. Ben Brown – Photographer and daily YouTuber capturing sick travel pics.
  2. Dylan Furst – Surreal outdoor and adventure lifestyle shots.
  3. Huckberry – One of my favorite brands. Gear + inspiration.
  4. Christian Watson – Hard to describe, easy to get lost in. Hipstery.
  5. Tim Landis – Lots of fun variety; people, places and things.
  6. Onder Turkmen – Very cool travel perspectives.
  7. cimek – Some city, some nature. All amazing.
  8. Work Hard Anywhere – Showcasing the best cafes and spots to work in.
  9. Star Wars – The official Star Wars Instagram.
  10. Modern Outdoorsman – Daily inspiration for outdoor living.

90 more astounding and compelling Instagram accounts to explore

  1. thephotosociety – Contributing photographers to National Geographic Magazine.
  2. wisslaren – A Swedish photographer posting a variety of jaw-dropping shots.
  3. Louis Cole – Live the adventure!
  4. Jannik Obenhoff – A 15 year old German photographer with an eye for awesomeness.
  5. Ravi Vora – Unreal travel and outdoor pics.
  6. Slinkachu – London-based artist. Look at those miniatures!
  7. Kristina Makeeva – Moscow-based photographer.
  8. Art of Visuals – Be visually inspired.
  9. Bethany Marie – Pics from a style blogger.
  10. Sam Larson – Freelance artist from Portland.
  11. Minimal Setups – Clean, minimal desk setups.
  12. purposeofenvy – Cool nature and architecture shots.
  13. GoPro – 3, 2, 1… action.
  14. Uncrate – Gear, style cars and more.
  15. Rich Stapleton – Art director / photographer of clean.
  16. maxmuench – Berlin-based; ready to travel the world.
  17. Live Folk – Adventure.
  18. Sezgin Yilmaz – Based in Instanbul; nice pics from around the globe.
  19. Red Bull – Action.
  20. Stay & Wander – World-class adventure inspiration.
  21. Amazing Travel – Tour the planet.
  22. night.shift – Absolutely stunning views of NYC (among other things).
  23. jefferson – Exploring Paris and the French outdoors.
  24. Beautiful Abandoned Places – Just what it sounds like.
  25. Callum Snape – Dang. Now that is adventure photography.
  26. Samuel Elkins – Stunning outdoor photography.
  27. Finn Beales – Some unbelievable nature shots.
  28. insta_chicago – Cool stuff from Chicago.
  29. Poler Stuff – Outdoors, camping and adventure.
  30. German Roamers – Consortium of German photographers.
  31. Thiago Correa – This guy… is nuts.
  32. insighting – Interesting city and architectural views.
  33. followmefaraway – A dream of traveling.
  34. Michael Shainblum – Beyond stunning nature photos.
  35. Niomi Smart – Life behind the lens of this YouTuber.
  36. Marques Brownlee – Tech.
  37. moners_ – Making Germany look… wow.
  38. nextsubject – Moody New York.
  39. Gregory Woodman – Uber-interesting people and places.
  40. The Outbound Collective – Having fun outdoors.
  41. Dirk Dallas – The guy behind From Where I Drone.
  42. misterflopatrick – A talented 16 year old shooting the streets of Vienna.
  43. Country Living – As in the magazine. Nice variety of subjects.
  44. Alexandra Taylor – Wandering (and photos of people pondering).
  45. Earth Pics – Amazing pics of places, people, animals and nature.
  46. Hannes Becker – I love this German outdoor photographer’s work.
  47. Real Simple – Simply real.
  48. Emilie Ristevski – Forever wandering Aussie.
  49. kostennn – City adventures.
  50. Daniel Kordan – Unreal travel and nature pics.
  51. Great North Collective – Photographers and artists inspired by the Canadian landscape.
  52. Morgan Phillips – LA-based photographer and adventurer.
  53. The Little Market – Ethically sourced handmade goods.
  54. 1st – Urban exploration.
  55. potatounit – San Jose all the way.
  56. visualsoflife – A collective of creatives inspiring through photography.
  57. Naked Planet – Explore, capture, create.
  58. Jason Charles Hill – Australia-based travel, adventure and lifestyle photographer.
  59. Andrea Dabene – Inspirational outdoor photography.
  60. coloradowild – Pics from the great state of Colorado.
  61. aroundtheworldpics – Just what it sounds like.
  62. Jonathan Taylor Sweet – Adventure through the lens of a talented Seattle-based shooter.
  63. Ryan Millier – Absorbing urban perspectives.
  64. Griffin Lamb – Absolutely incredible outdoor photography.
  65. !LivingOnEarth – Life through the eyes of amazing photographers.
  66. Andy Best – Nomad, storyteller and space cowboy?
  67. Forrest Mankins – Portland-based adventure photographer.
  68. Cory Staudacher – A little of this, a little of that… lots of happy light.
  69. Molly Yeh – Food, adventures and farm life.
  70. Lurie Belegurschi – Landscape photographer from Iceland.
  71. Our Vintage Farmhouse – A mother sharing views from a long country road.
  72. Explore Canada – Oh Canada…
  73. Camp4Collective – Incredible outdoor exploration.
  74. HeavyMinds – New York from new angles.
  75. Discover Nature – Discover beautiful things in nature.
  76. Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim – Adelaide photographers chasing the light.
  77. Linxspiration – Crispy luxury and design culture.
  78. Adventures In Pics – The richness of life is found in adventure.
  79. purenewzealand – Official tourism account of NZ.
  80. Ben Schuyler – Adventure shoots; Seattle roots.
  81. Tim Kemple – Always down for an adventure.
  82. Eric Kimberlin – Head out.
  83. Felix Inden – Up and coming landscape and architecture photographer.
  84. Matt Donovan – Photographer/adventurer.
  85. Daniel Tran – Sydney-based landscape photographer.
  86. kyleeger – Moody.
  87. We Like to Travel – Some real pics mixed with some fakes.
  88. Fawn Shoppe – Child, mother, home.
  89. Wonderful Earth – Your awesome globe.
  90. _rangerjay – Park ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

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