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Friday, August 31, 2012
Instagram photo stars capture U.S. Open

By Patrick Dorsey

In spring we saw them in New York City's Madison Square Garden, capturing Rangers Stanley Cup playoff game.

Now in late summer, a trio of Instagram stars -- Brian DiFeo (@bridif), Anthony Danielle (@takinyerphoto) and Liz Eswein (@newyorkcity), who among them have almost 750,000 followers -- were given special access Thursday to NYC's USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, thanks to Evian Water and the marketing firm MKG.

Using the hashtag #evianday and shared on the Evian Instagram feed (@evianwater), the three showed sights from the U.S. Open that few get to see, with a photographic eye few share. Here are some of our favorite pics from these experts:

@newyorkcity: good morning from the racquet stringing
room at #evianday! very cool to see these guys stringing
racquets for some amazing players like Sharapova.

@takinyerphoto: small crowd in the #media room at the
@usopentennis. @bridif @newyorkcity and I are sharing more
photos over on the @evianwater feed! #evianDay

@bridif: I was just on the practice courts
standing 5 feet away from Maria Sharapova!
More shots @evianwater #evianday #pinchme
#usopen #mariasharapova

@newyorkcity: awesome access down in the
photo dugout - gives you a close up view
of the court! #evianday @evianwater

@bridif: One of the many tunnels beneath
Arthur Ashe Stadium; this one leads to the
main stage... #evianday

@newyorkcity: @takinyerphoto roaming around
the empty stadium #evianday @evianwater

@takinyerphoto: #blue and #green from
the #nosebleeds - #evianday @usopentennis

@takinyerphoto: we got access to the roof
of Arthur Ashe Stadium. not a cloud in the
sky for #evianday with @evianwater

@bridif: That's a wrap! Such a fun day
photographing the US Open for @evianwater,
thanks for the opportunity! Manhattan looks
so tiny from the top of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
#evianday #tinyhorizon #nyc