The Republican National Convention is an enormous event attended by up to 50,000 people, including 15,000 members of the media. News agencies send large teams of photographers to cover every aspect of the event, big and small, from portraits of the major political figures to the patriotic outfits worn by some of the delegates.

The 2016 event is taking place in Cleveland, Ohio from 18-21 July. In this gallery, IBTimes UK looks at some of the best photos of the convention so far.

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Delegates takes their seats under a giant American flag at the Quicken Loans Arena in ClevelandJohn Moore/Getty Images

Day one: 18 July

The mood on the first day of the convention was sombre, with speaker after speaker delivering emotive speeches about police shootings and fears of terrorism. The calm was shattered in a brief explosion of anger, with much shouting and chanting, as Trump's backers faced down a revolt from Republican delegates opposed to him. And then there was the party's lurch to the right, adopting a series of socially conservative policies on abortion and gay rights.

So, a disastrous day for the party, no? Not really. The main focus of the press coverage and social-media chatter wasn't the infighting and bigotry. There was only one story of the convention: Donald Trump's wife Melania gave a speech containing a couple of passages that strongly resembled one given by Michelle Obama in 2008. The embarrassing and very public gaffe is bad news for Mrs Trump, but possibly good news for her husband and his party.

Trump himself made a brief, but showy, entrance at the convention to introduce his wife. Emerging from shadows to the strains of Queen's We Are The Champions, he declared, "We're going to win, we're going to win so big." In her speech Mrs Trump portrayed her husband as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected to the White House.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks on stage to introduce his wife MelaniaChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage on the first day of the Republican National ConventionRobyn Beck/AFP
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Donald Trump comes to the podium to invite his wife Melania to speak at the ConventionCarlo Allegri/Reuters
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Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania to address delegates at the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania before she delivers her speechJoe Raedle/Getty
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania before her speechWin McNamee/Getty
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Melania Trump addresses delegates at the Republican National ConventionRick Wilking/Reuters
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Melania Trump wears Christian Louboutin heels as she speaks at the Republican National ConventionMario Anzuoni/Reuters
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Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole is assisted up to acknowledge a tribute by Melania Trump during her speechRick Wilking/Reuters
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Melania Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in ClevelandRick Wilking/Reuters
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Donald Trump points to his wife Melania after she delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National ConventionJoe Raedle/Getty
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Donald Trump exits the stage behind his wife Melania after she delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National ConventionWin McNamee/Getty
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Donald Trump waves as he leaves the stage at the Republican National Convention in ClevelandAaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Trump doesn't seem to have done much to unify the Republican Party. Divisions erupted on the convention floor on day one after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote. Anti-Trump forces seeking to derail his nomination responded with loud and angry chants. The turmoil threatened efforts by the Trump campaign to show the party had united behind him.

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A delegate arrives for the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in ClevelandChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Texas delegate Matthew Walbeck arrives with his dog on the first day of the Republican National ConventionTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Indiana delegate William Springer prepares for the evening session on the first day of the Republican National ConventionJoe Raedle/Getty
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A ceremonial guard arrives onstage during the first day of the Republican National Convention in ClevelandJonathan Ernst/Reuters
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Members of the Texas delegation are seen on the floor on the opening day of the Republican National ConventionDominick Reuter/Reuters
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Marlana VanHoose performs the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ before the start of the evening session on the first day of the Republican National ConventionAlex Wong/Getty
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Delegates stand during the pledge of allegience on the first day of the Republican National ConventionJoe Raedle/Getty
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Florida delegate Dana Dougherty hold a Donald Trump doll during the singing of the national anthem on the first day of the Republican National ConventionTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Delegates protest after it was announced the Convention would deny a bid to change the party's nominating rules to allow delegates to support alternative Republican candidates over Donald TrumpBrian Snyder/Reuters
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An angry delegate reacts after the failure of an attempt to force a vote opposing Donald Trump's candidacyTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Members of the Honour Guard prepare for the start of the evening session on the first day of the Republican National ConventionJohn Moore/Getty
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A delegate wearing a hat covered in Republican Party paraphenalia listens to a speaker during the evening sessionDominick Reuter/Reuters
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A delegate wearing a Star and Stripes suit is reflected in a mirrorTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Delegates applaud during the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OhioJeff Swensen/Getty

The convention is being held in Cleveland amid a period of violence and unrest, both in the US and around the world. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the eve of the convention's opening day. In recent weeks, Americans have seen deadly police shootings, a shocking ambush of police in Texas and escalating racial tensions. In world news, there has been a failed coup in Turkey and gruesome Bastille Day attack in Nice, France.

The theme for the first day of the convention was Make America Safe Again. Speakers painted a bleak picture of a nation gripped by insecurity, and they blamed the turbulence on weak leadership by President Barack Obama and Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who spent four years in his administration. The convention's opening night featured a string of emotional speakers attacking Clinton's record as secretary of state, many arguing she had made Americans vulnerable to Islamist militancy.

"I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son," said Pat Smith, the mother of an information management officer who was among the four Americans killed in an attack on a US mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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A elegate holds a sign that reads 'Hillary For Prison' as Pat Smith speaks about her son Sean, one of four Americans killed in an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, LibyaJoe Raedle/Getty
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A delegate wipes away tears during a speech by Pat Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the attacks on Benghazi in 2012Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
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A delegate becomes emotional while listening to Pat Smith speak about her son Sean, who was killed in an attack in BenghaziWin McNamee/Getty
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Willie Robertson, star of reality TV show Duck Dynasty, walks onto the stage during the evening sessionDominick Reuter/Reuters
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Retired US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell addresses the Republican National ConventionBrian Snyder/Reuters
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Sheriff David Clarke Jr of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, speaks at the Republican National ConventionMike Segar/Reuters
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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke salutes the crowd prior to delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National ConventionJoe Raedle/Getty

Trump continually boasts he will make America great again, but he has offered virtually no details of any policies; just repeated and vague vows to be tough. He has sought to position himself as the law-and-order candidate, in an echo of Republican Richard Nixon's successful presidential campaign of 1968. At the convention, the party adopted a platform that Christian conservatives are cheering as the most conservative statement of party policy principles in recent memory. It reaffirms the party's opposition to gay marriage and bathroom choice for transgender people.

Americans of a less conservative nature, however, are outraged by Trump's stand on immigration, including his proposal to build a wall at the Mexican border and his call for barring Muslims from entering the US. Trump has also been criticised for insults directed at women, political opponents and journalists. On the first night of the convention, a lone protester from the liberal activist group Code Pink managed to stage her own one-woman demonstration inside the venue, trying to unfurl a banner during a speech by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.

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A Code Pink protester struggles with delegates trying to take her banner off herDominick Reuter/Reuters
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A Code Pink protester is surrounded by media, security and a Bikers for Trump member during the evening session of the Republican National ConventionDominick Reuter/Reuters

Day two: 19 July 2016

The theme for the second day of the Republican convention was Make America Work Again, and Mr Trump put his family to work. Four of his five children attended the convention, with two of them delivering speeches about him. "For my father, impossible is just the starting point," said Donald Trump Jr, eldest of the nominee's five children. Tiffany Trump, the candidate's 22-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Marla Maples, sprinkled her remarks with rarely heard anecdotes about her father, including the handwritten notes he left on her childhood report cards.

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Tifffany Trump speaks about her father, Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OhioMike Segar/Reuters
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Tiffany Trump walks off stage after delivering a speech on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJohn Moore/Getty
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Donald Trump Jr delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Donald Trump Jr raises his fist after speaking on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJim Watson/AFP
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Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump take part in the roll call in support of their fatherJoe Raedle/Getty

It is certainly unusual for a candidate's children to address delegates, but there were not a lot of big names to fill the convention speech slots. Many noteworthy Republicans declined to attend, including two living former presidents, George HW Bush and George W Bush; former presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney; vanquished Trump primary rivals, including the host-state governor, John Kasich; and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Trump's campaign did succeed in tamping down late efforts by dissident delegates to derail the convention. Campaign officials invested significant time arguing to delegates about the importance of presenting a united front during the televised convention. There was one subject on which everybody was united: Hillary Clinton. Speaker after speaker took aim at Clinton, presenting her as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans and the inheritor of Obama's "oppressive" administration.

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson deviated from his prepared remarks and said one of Clinton's former mentors, Saul Alinsky, included Lucifer in the acknowledgment for a book. "Are we willing to elect someone as president who has, as their role model, somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?" Carson, a Seventh-Day Adventist, asked delegates. Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, led the crowd in a call-and-response mock trial of Clinton. "As a failure for ruining Libya and creating a nest for terrorist activity by Isis [Islamic State]. Is she guilty or not guilty?" The crowd roared: "Guilty!"

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Former Republican US presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National ConventionMike Segar/Reuters
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Dr Ben Carson speaks on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJim Watson/AFP
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJeff Swensen/Getty
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People sit under a screen displaying the speech of New Jersey Governor Chris ChristieJoe Raedle/Getty
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Montana alternative delegate Susan Reneau shout 'Guilty' in answer to Chris Christie's questionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Delegates shout "Guilty" after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asked if Hillary Clinton was guilty of not guilty of a list of crimesJohn Moore/Getty

There were no major missteps on the second day, but the event was void of the glitzy, Hollywood touch Trump had promised. The roll call of the states delivered Trump the nomination, which he welcomed from afar in a videotaped message saying "This is a movement, but we have to go all the way." House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Trump had amassed 1,725 delegates, more than triple the number of his nearest competitor.

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Members of the Honour Guard take part in the convention opening on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJoe Raedle/Getty
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Delegates pledge allegiance on the second day of the Republican National ConventionJohn Moore/Getty
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Harmeet Dhillon, Vice Chair of the Californian Republican Party, opens the second night of the Republican convention by singing a Sikh prayer in Punjabi and then translating it into EnglishJim Watson/AFP
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Right-wing, anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders attends the second day of the Republican conventionRobyn Beck/AFP
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Dutch politician Geert Wilders poses for a selfie with a delegate on the convention floorRobyn Beck/AFP
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An attendee wearing a hat that reads 'Make Guns in America Great Again' looks at his phone during the second day of the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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A delegate wears a badge featuring Donald Trump's wife Melania as she attends the roll call of statesRobyn Beck/AFP
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A close-up of Sherrif Joe Arpaio's tie pin during the second day of the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Detail of delegate's jewellery, including a ring in the shape of an elephant, during the start of the second day of the Republican National ConventionChip Somodevilla/Getty
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Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) gives two thumbs-up after delivering a speechJeff Swensen/Getty Images
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Delegates dance on the floor during the roll call of statesRobyn Beck/AFP
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A delegate whistles during the roll call of statesRobyn Beck/AFP
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan arrives on stage on the second day of the Republican National ConventionTimothy A Clary/AFP
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Cameras focus on the Trump family during roll call on the second day of the Republican National ConventionWin McNamee/Getty
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A screen reads 'Over The Top' after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nominationAlex Wong/Getty
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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan officialy announces the delegate vote naming Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for presidentJim Watson/AFP
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A screen shows the announcement of Republican US presidential candidate Donald TrumpBrian Snyder/Reuters
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The Trump family – Donald Jr, Ivanka, Eric Trump, Eric's wife Lara and Tiffany – celebrate after the votes of the New York delegation put their father over the top to win the Republican presidential nominationBrian Snyder/Reuters
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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence makes a fist during a convention speechRobyn Beck/AFP
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Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump is shown on multiple screens as he speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York CityCarlo Allegri/Getty
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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on screenJim Watson/AFP
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A delegate listens as Donald Trump Jr addresses the conventionRobyn Beck/AFP
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Delegates celebrate after the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced the official nomination of Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpJoe Raedle/Getty
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A screen on the stage names the running mates in the next Republican election campaignJim Watson/AFP

With the convention half over, the massive protests that many Republican leaders had feared have mostly failed to pan out. Although police broke up scuffles between demonstrators, protesters appeared outnumbered by police officers and journalists. Overall at this point, there were only five arrests since the convention started, and protesters have numbered in the hundreds, not thousands.

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A protester from the activist group Code Pink holds an anti-racism and anti-hate banner as she interrupts the proceedings during the second day of the Republican National Convention in ClevelandMark Kauzlarich/Reuters
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Attendees try to hide a Code Pink protester from the convention with American flagsMario Anzuoni/Reuters
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Micah Naziri and Jaimes Campbell, advocates for 'open carry', patrol the streets of Cleveland with their assault weapons during the Republican National ConventionAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Micah Naziri is surrounded by journalists while carrying an assault rifle outside the Republican National ConventionAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Police officers keep watch over protesters on the second day of the Republican National ConventionBrendan Smialowski/AFP
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A protester is confronted by police during a rally outside the Republican National Convention in ClevelandAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
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A woman marches down the street during a protest outside the Republican National Convention in ClevelandAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Day three of the convention will bring Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a favourite of evangelicals, onto the stage. Also in attendance will be Ted Cruz, the man Trump used to call "Lyin' Ted". His address will be keenly watched as a barometer of the party's fighting spirit as the Republican Party turns to the campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who accepts her nomination next week.