From our Instagram account: The foam pit was one of the many attractions at the Touch A Truck event at Green Hill Park in July. Sam Owens | The Roanoke Times
Have you seen The Roanoke Times’ new Instagram account? More than 350 of you have already started following us. Thank you!
Often, while shooting photos for the paper, we see something that catches our eye. It may or may not be related to the assignment, but we’re drawn to photograph it. Instagram serves as a social outlet for some of those extra photos and helps us connect with you. And we thought it would be cool to see the photos that people in our community are posting. (Fun fact: We’ve also followed more than 350 Instagram users so far.)
The faces behind the @roanoketimes account include the photo staff — Rebecca Barnett, Matt Gentry, Joel Hawksley, Stephanie Klein-Davis and photo editor Natalee Waters — and potentially others. Many of us already had our own personal Instagram accounts, but we wanted to come together as a team on one.
Also from our Instagram: Bubbles the Bubblefish from the Miracle Fish Puppet Theater in New Bedford, Mass., walks across the grounds at FloydFest. Joel Hawksley | The Roanoke Times
We recently held our first Instagram contest centering on FloydFest and were thrilled when more than 800 photos were submitted. Folks shared photos of musical acts, camp sites, LED hula hoops, muddy feet and more, and we felt like were experiencing the music festival through those visuals. See a gallery of our favorites here.
Did you miss out on our first contest? You’re in luck! We’re about to announce a new food-themed Instagram contest. Look for details in Lindsey Nair’s Front Burner column on Wednesday. UPDATE (Aug. 7): Find out how to enter our food photo Instagram contest here.
What types of photos would you like to see from us on Instagram? Have a photo you don’t want us to miss? Tag us with @roanoketimes on Instagram.
– Rebecca Barnett