Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's campaigns come to an end on 8 November. Getty Images photojournalists Justin Sullivan and Joe Raedle have followed the two candidates across the US throughout their lengthy battles to win over the public and become the next President of the United States. In this exclusive
IBTimes UK gallery, the photographers choose their favourite moments from the campaigns and discuss their significance.
Justin Sullivan is an award-winning photojournalist based in San Francisco who has been shooting for Getty Images for nearly 15 years. He covers everything from wildfires to environmental issues, and is well-known for his work covering US politics, particularly the presidential campaigns.
He says: "My coverage of Hillary Clinton began when she announced her candidacy in Iowa back in April 2015 and I have been on the trail with her nearly full time since January of this year. The circus-like roadshow has taken me all over the country by way of planes, trains and automobiles. Flying over 100,000 miles on commercial and charter flights and over 100 nights in hotels has been both exhausting and exciting. The daily grind of a campaign is at times frustrating, always challenging, but more often than not incredibly rewarding."
8 February 2016: Hillary Clinton prepares to have breakfast at a restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photographer Justin Sullivan says: 'It isn’t very often that you see Hillary alone and not surrounded by staff and Secret Service. We were waiting for her to arrive at a diner in New Hampshire and I captured her walking by the window with nobody around her' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 8 February 2016: Hillary Clinton greets patrons at a restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sullivan says: 'I like this quiet moment with Hillary as she sits and has her picture taken with a patron at Chez Vachon, a restaurant that nearly every politician stops by to have breakfast during the New Hampshire primaries. Even though you can’t see her face, you know it is her because of her hair and brightly coloured jacket' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 8 February 2016: Hillary Clinton pauses during a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sullivan says: 'I feel like this photo says how difficult it has been for Hillary during this election cycle. She has had a number of scandals and attacks that have rocked her campaign and to me this contemplative moment shows the stress of the campaign' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 9 February 2016: Hillary Clinton greets voters outside a polling station in Nashua, New Hampshire. Photographer Justin Sullivan says: 'This was a funny moment where it appears that Hillary is laughing at a Trump supporter’s sign outside of a polling station on election day during the New Hampshire primary. Clinton and the Trump supporters were cordial and shook hands' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 20 February 2016: Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas. Photographer Justin Sullivan says: 'Hillary was particularly fired up at a rally in Texas on the day that she won the Nevada caucuses. The look in her eyes and the clenched fists illustrate the message on her podium' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 19 April 2016: Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary election night gathering in New York City. Sullivan says: 'After winning the New York primary, her home state, Hillary appeared to have had a weight lifted off of her shoulders and just paused to take in the crowd. She appeared genuinely grateful for the supporter she had in NY' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 7 June 2016: Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night event in Brooklyn, New York. Sullivan says: 'I like this moment because I think it shows how happy Hillary was to have clinched the Democratic presidential nomination after defeating Bernie Sanders in the New Jersey primary. I usually like to be in front of the stage when she walks out but took a chance standing behind to get a different angle and it paid off' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 23 October 2016: Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sullivan says: 'Playing with the stage lighting at political events can make for really cool photos. Sometimes you can shoot directly into the light to create interesting flare or halo effects or you can try to get the light directly behind the person on stage to create a rim light. Hillary walked right in front of the light as she was walking off the stage while lining up with her Secret Service detail' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 28 October 2016: Hillary Clinton talks to members of her staff aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. Photographer Justin Sullivan says: 'I like all of the blue in this picture. Ironically, this was at the beginning of the day that the FBI director announced new information about Hillary’s email scandal. The campaign learned of the announcement after landing in Iowa' Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Joe Raedle fell in love with photojournalism 25 years ago as a student at the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport. Based in Miami, Joe was hired as a staff photographer at Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel in 1987 and his 11-year tenure there took him across the globe to cover turbulent events that stretched from Haiti to the Middle East. He joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in 2000, and has been based in Texas, Washington DC, and now again in Miami. His assignments have been rich and varied, from documenting cultural festivals to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, presidential politics, and climate change.
He says: "I've been covering the campaign for President of the United States since a year ago when the primaries began. With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, it has been quite a story to cover."
20 July 2016: Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump stand and applaud Eric Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Raedle says: 'It was a mad house as photographers jostled with each other to get pictures of the candidate. Somehow I was able to get in front of them but a lady was using her iPhone to take her own pictures. At first, I wanted to get around her to shoot a clean picture of Mr Trump but I decided that the iPhone was a good way to layer the picture' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 16 September 2016: Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally in Miami, Florida. Photographer Joe Raedle says: 'It’s sometimes difficult to get something different with Mr Trump because access is limited. But when I saw him point back during a speech it looked as though he was almost touching a star on the screen behind him. Sometimes things just line up' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 12 October 2016: A Trump supporter holds up a sign during a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida. Raedle says: 'The crowds at a Trump rally can be very colourful with people expressing themselves by dressing up. This Trump supporter wore a prison outfit and a mask of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Walking through the crowd looking for interesting characters or details is a big part of getting a full picture of the Trump movement' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 26 September 2016: Donald Trump puts his arm around Hillary Clinton after the Presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Joe Raedle says: 'I was put in the position of being the pool photographer for this debate between the presidential candidates. Being in the unique position of photographing from behind the candidates allowed me to shoot this picture when Mr Trump put his arm on the back of his opponent Hillary Clinton as the debate came to a conclusion. I didn’t expect that since they really have had such an apparent hostile relationship throughout the campaign' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 13 October 2016: A man confronts members of the media during a Trump campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photographer Joe Raedle says: 'One of the really odd parts of covering the Trump campaign has been how he has blamed the media for issues that have been raised about him. Because during his rallies he will use words like "scum" and "liars" to describe the media that he says are out to get him, some of his followers have taken to disliking the media as well. In this photo, a Trump supporter holds a sign up with a swastika symbol next to the word media. It can get pretty ugly in the media pen' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 23 October 2016: A woman makes a rude gesture to the media after a Trump campaign rally in Naples, Florida. Photographer Joe Raedle says: 'I’m used to getting insulted and yelled at for being part of the media, which Mr Trump has continued to accuse of being biased. But I was still a bit surprised when this seemingly nice lady gave me the double bird as she walked past at the conclusion of one of his rallies' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 24 October 2016: Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives for a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. Joe Raedle says: 'Mr Trump walked onto the stage and as he made his way along the stage, acknowledging the crowd, he stopped to hug the American flag. I was luckily positioned to the front of the stage and no one was in front of me blocking my view so it was just a matter of pressing the shutter to capture the hug' Joe Raedle/Getty Images 25 October 2016: A Donald Trump campaign stop in Sanford, Florida. Photographer Joe Raedle says: 'Donald Trump is seen as he prepares to exit his campaign plane to an adoring audience. It’s always a challenge to get something different, since access to Mr Trump is pretty limited. I thought this worked because you only see him in the shadows as the door is opened. With that red tie and the Big T on the side of the plane, you know instantly it’s him' Joe Raedle/Getty Images