Edmontonians embracing Instagram online and in person

Edmontonians who love taking pictures and sharing them online through Instagram are now getting together in the real world to swap tips, techniques and create a community. Meet some of the members of @UrbanYEG.

Growing community of photographers sharing more than just their pictures in new meetups

Taking pictures with @UrbanYEG

6 years ago
Meet some of the Edmontonians sharing photos through Instagram and creating community one click at a time. 2:31

Chan Rin lines up an iconic shot of Edmonton's city hall pyramid and snaps it with his digital camera.

But the professional photographer was online this spring when something else caught his eye.

"I was looking up the hastag YEG and I see all these amazing photographers on there and I don't know them and they don't know me."

Rin was on Instagram.

The online mobile photo-sharing and social networking service launched five years ago.

Now it boasts more than 400 million monthly active users and 80 million photos shared each day, many coming from Edmonton.

That's why Rin decided to create a hub for all of those local pictures and set up regular gatherings where the people behind the lens could come face to face in a group called @UrbanYEG.

Watch this video to meet some of them.

An autumn trail captured in Edmonton. (Redd Angelo @reddangelo)
Reflections of the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton's river valley. (Edisa Zorilla @edie_z)
Light trails frozen in time along Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. (Chan Rin @vividribbon)
Light streaming through the coloured skylights at the exit of the Stanley A. Milner Parkade. (Martin Snider @after.mars)