Instagram is a funny, quirky way to share your life with friends in the 21st century. The online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service allows users to exhibit not only their "selfies" and what they are eating at all times, but is also a platform for amateur artists to post some of the most adorable, heart-warming and amazing photographs.

The most-followed profiles on Instagram are that of celebrities like Justin Beiber (23.5 million followers), Kim Kardashian (23 million followers) and Beyonce (21.5 million followers), and they mainly post photos that show their luxurious lifestyle. The most-liked photos on Instagram, for example are that of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding kiss (2.4 million likes), Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez cosying up and Ariana Grande kissing Miley Cyrus. 

  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Wedding kiss
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Wedding kiss which has over 2.4 million likes.Instagram/ kim kardashian
  • justin Beiber and Selena Gomez
    Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez (1.9 million likes)Instagram/Justin Beiber
  • Ariana Grande kisses Miley Cyrus
    Ariana Grande kisses Miley Cyrus (1.8 million likes)Instagram/Ariana Grande

Instagram is also the place to find some of the most amazing photographs you have ever seen. As the year nears its end, take a look at some of the most heart-warming, amazing and adorable photographs posted on Instagram in 2014 by Reuters.

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    Baby Hamadryas baboons reach for milk bottles as a zookeeper feeds them at a zoo in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province September 17, 2014. Picture taken September 17, 2014.Reuters File
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    A child, cuddling a cat, rests under a shelter at the earthquake zone in Ludian county, Zhaotong, Yunnan province, August 5, 2014. An earthquake in China on the weekend triggered landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster that killed 410 people, state media reported on Tuesday. Picture taken August 5, 2014.Reuters File
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    A man carries empty water pitchers for sale in a market in the southern Indian city of Bangalore October 9, 2014.Reuters File
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    A boy cleans the gravestone of a loved one at a public cemetery in Marikina city, east of Manila November 1, 2014. Thousands of Filipino Catholics packed into cemeteries on Saturday as the Philippines marked All Saints Day by visiting the graves of their loved ones.Reuters File
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    Newborn giant panda triplets, which were born to giant panda Juxiao (not pictured), are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province August 17, 2014. According to local media, this is the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth is seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas. Picture taken August 17, 2014.Reuters File