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Take a Selfie, Help Save a Rhino

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Every seven hours, a rhino in South Africa falls prey to poachers. The country is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide. In recent years, rhino populations have dwindled dangerously, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered (the highest risk for extinction). In looking for ways to combat the decline, andBeyond’s Rhinos Without Borders project has started a social media campaign to help fund protection of the endangered animals by relocating them to safety. Helping is as simple as taking a photo.

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#SpottedAtThePalace for New York's Fashion Week

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With New York's Fashion Week kicking off on September 4, the New York Palace is getting in on the fun.

Once home to Gossip Girl stars, the hotel is celebrating #NYFW and the series finale's 9th anniversary on September 5-6, by inviting fans to share a picture dressed as their favorite character for a chance to win goodie bags or cocktails. Here are details on how to enter.

Use the hashtag #SpottedAtThePalace on Twitter and Facebook to have a chance to gossip over cocktails and remember, XOXO.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Celebrate Spot for National Dog Day

How are you celebrating National Dog Day? Share photos of your traveling pup on social media and include the hashtag #TLDogs for a chance to be featured by Travel + Leisure.

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Instagram Influencers Celebrate World Photo Day

Tuesday marked World Photo Day, a celebration of 175 years since the first photographic process. With more photos being taken every day on a smart phone, Travel + Leisure celebrated by featuring six iPhone photographers on our Instagram account throughout the day. 

 

 

These talents took us all over the world and put us in the heart of the action: @sweatengine made us feel like we were standing on the side of a New York City skyscraper; @yugi had us craning our necks up a mountain in Rio to see Christ the Redeemer; and @jonathangriffithhad us waking up in a tent in Zion National Park.

We traveled the world for #WorldPhotoDay through the lens of these iPhone photographers and hope that you were able to do the same. In case you actually worked yesterday and couldn’t watch our Instagram feed, we’re sharing their breathtaking photos with you here. 

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“Dronies” Take Flight on New Zealand Slopes

Sick of the selfie? Tourism New Zealand’s new take on the trend may peak your interest. Enter the “dronie,” a video taken by a high-flying, remote control-operated drone. Through August, the company will hit the slopes with its own miniature aircraft to shoot 8-second HD clips of visitors to several South Island ski areas. The drone-toting representatives email the videos to participants, free of charge.

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T+L's Social Summer

What's better than summer? Together with @foodandwine and a few other sister brands, we want to see how you're enjoying the season. Whether it's from this summer or your favorite throwback, share photos on Instagram and include the hashtag #howisummer for a chance to be featured on T+L’s Instagram.

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Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Ritz-Carlton Launches Photo-Sharing Social Network for Guests

201407-hd-ritz-carlton-your-memoriesjpgLooks like Ritz-Carlton is already making a run for the 2015 SMITTY Awards. The brand just launched “Your Memories,” an image-based social network where guests can share their favorite vacation moments, and future travelers can preview the hotel experience.

The constantly updating, tiled photo stream showcases snapshots and video shared by guests on Twitter and Instagram with the #RCMemories hashtag. Users can also submit photos for display directly through the website.

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Hyatt's House Rules

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Hyatt realized that social is a behavior but questioned how to make it part of their business. The answer? Hyatt is going to provide the materials that will inspire action both online and off, in the hopes that social media will give their offline initaitives legs.

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Social Media 101: How To Take Cooler Instagram Photos

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For the third year, Travel + Leisure's Social Media in Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) awards is recognizng the brands and companies transforming the industry with their online innovations (think digital concierges and exclusive social giveaways).

To help you leverage the digital boom on your next trip and cash in on the latest social currency, we tapped four platform experts for their outreach strategies and insider tips.  

This week, viral Instagrammer and photo app developer Cole Rise shares his tricks for creating epic travel photos with serious regram potential. 

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Six New Phone Accessories to Up Your Instagram Game

Upgrade Your Phone

With a couple of key accessories (shown here with the iPhone 5S), you can turn your camera into a bona fide powerhouse.

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