On the sidelines of the 2016 presidential campaign

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A woman wearing a Trump hat takes a photo after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Snacks are put out on a table for supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Wisconsin primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Ola Mae, 72, waits in line to see U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, California May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A worker takes a light meter reading ahead of the election night rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the New York presidential primary election in New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Umbrellas hang from a tree outside a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York April 11, 2016. U.S. Secret Service did not permit audience members to bring umbrellas in to the rally. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People look down at U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he arrives for a campaign rally at Bronx Community College in New York April 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Journalists and onlookers watch live television as FBI Director James Comey speaks about U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while U.S. Secretary of State, in Charlotte, North Carolina July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
John Goodie (L) accompanies supporter Jerry Emmett before a campaign rally by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A woman carries a sign for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in San Jose, California, U.S. June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People wait for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Children's hand prints are seen on a sign for U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a roundtable discussion about childcare during a campaign stop in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A billboard for U.S. presidential candidate Willie Wilson is seen in Chicago, Illinois, United States, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An image of George Washington, the first president of the United States, is seen on a television set inside a hotel room after voting began in the New Hampshire U.S. presidential primary election at midnight in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows people attending a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally and wearing t-shirts supporting his campaign in Anaheim, California, United States May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A plane is de-iced, seen from the stairs to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's press charter before departing for South Carolina from Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People sit after a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A security guard at Brooklyn College looks out at the motorcade of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the media work on press charter plane following U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders exits to a limousine after speaking at a campaign rally on New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S., April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man stands on an empty stage waiting for supporters to arrive before a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "This man served as a light test to see it it was possible to use this large light fixture as a compositional element when the crowd and candidate were present." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
John Goodie (L) accompanies supporter Jerry Emmett before a campaign rally by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A U.S. Secret Service agent waits to screen attendees at a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Bloomington, Illinois, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A campaign sign for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is taped over and placed on a garbage can at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan, March 5, 2016. The word "Future" is under the tape, which is a slogan for the Sanders' campaign. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Journalists cover U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 22, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "A lot of time spent on the campaigns is spent waiting for candidates to arrive or listening to similar speeches over and over." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A photographer lies on the floor to photograph U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a news conference in Derry, New Hampshire February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A woman clears litter in front of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plane, after a campaign rally, in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Vermin Supreme, a candidate for U.S. president, leans on a broom on Elm street in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, February 6, 2016. Vermin Supreme is officially registered as a presidential candidate with the state of New Hampshire for the February 9, 2016 presidential primary election. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People take a smoking break next to the motorcade of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New York April 10, 2016. Brian Snyder: "On arrival back at the hotel, New York drivers honked steadily while the motorcade blocked traffic on the street." REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Men dressed up as characters from the Blues Brothers movie look at a photo on a phone before U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Pictures of the faces of U.S. presidential candidates are placed on the bodies of mannequins in a store front window at a shopping centre in West Des Moines, Iowa, United States, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Kraig Moss sings a song about building a wall between Mexico and the U.S. before U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York April 12, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man wears a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz skull cap following a campaign event at a synagogue in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A television news reporter does a "stand-up" report at the Balsams resort in far northern New Hampshire ahead of the first votes being cast in the New Hampshire U.S. presidential primary election in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A meal left for media in the traveling press pool is seen at a rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Bridgeport Connecticut, U.S., April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A member of the media waits inside as he is checked by security at an event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bethpage, New York, U.S., April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Extension cords are plugged in to feed the media riser at a U.S Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally in Rome, New York, U.S., April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Reuters photographer Mike Blake (R) chats to a man at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Cameras are seen at Reuters photo position on the press riser for a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
The motorcade carrying U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama drives to a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Secret Service agents wait to prepare for the arrival of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 19, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "The Secret Service officers are in a constant state of awareness, it seems rather exhausting but obviously important." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH "ELECTION SIDELINES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 14 (Reuters) - For the scores of photographers on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign trail, capturing the characters, the color and the vibe of the election often means turning away from the speaker on the podium.

"The audience, the voters and the candidate are equally important," said Brian Snyder, who has been a photographer for Reuters for more than 20 years.

"The voters need the candidates and the candidates need the voters. Any way you can show that visually is a good campaign picture as far as I'm concerned."

Take, for example, the window full of young Bernie Sanders supporters that Snyder photographed at Bronx Community College in New York, waving to the U.S. senator from Vermont. Sanders won enthusiastic support from young people in his hard-fought race against the eventual presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Or look at the tree with umbrellas hanging to dry on it outside a rainy Sanders rally in Buffalo, New York, after the Secret Service prevented supporters from carrying them inside.

"I'm sure one person did it, and then the other person thought it was a good idea, and then the next thing you know, there are 30 umbrellas," Snyder said. "It was just one of those funny things."

Veteran Reuters photographer Mike Segar described covering this year's U.S. presidential campaign as "strangely fun."

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An attendee stands for a photograph while wearing a shirt in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. After routing Hillary Clinton in three western-state Democratic caucuses, Sanders still faces daunting delegate math and a road ahead dominated by big-state primaries that have been the weakest link in his campaign. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A supporter wearing a t-shirt with US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a Trump rally at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
An attendee poses with her homemade shirt during US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on September 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO/LAURA BUCKMAN (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - OCTOBER 14: A young woman wears a Donald Trump t-shirt as thousands of people line up at the Richmond International Raceway to get into a political rally with presidential candidate and Republican front-runner Donald Trump October 14, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. A New York real estate mogul and reality television star, Trump is now in a statistical tie with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in a Fox News survey of likely Republican voters released Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 29: A veteran in the audience shows his support for Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a campaign rally at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., on February 29, 2016. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
Attendees enter a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. In the first Democratic debate on Thursday since her crushing defeat in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton tried a new approach to win back wavering supporters, capturing Bernie Sanders anger without looking angry. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A supporter of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, shows off his T-shirt while watching caucus results on television during the Cruz campaign's caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Cruz won the Iowa Republican caucuses in an upset over billionaire Donald Trump, while Democrat Hillary Clinton was clinging to the narrowest edge over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FALLON, NV - FEBRUARY 23: Walter Hogan poses for a portrait after participating in the Republican caucus at the Churchill County Fairgrounds on February 23, 2016 in Fallon, Nevada. The remaining Republican presidential candidates are seeking support from voters in Nevada's 'first in the West' caucus. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, AL - FEBRUARY 27: Supporters look on as Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'Get Out The Vote' at Miles College on February 27, 2016 in Fairfield, Alabama. Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally in Alabama before returning to South Carolina for her South Carolina primary night event. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OVERLAND PARK, KS - MARCH 02: A child shows his family support of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while waiting in a line outside Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College before a campaign rally ahead of caucuses on March 02, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. Cruz is coming off wins in Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska in yesterday's Super Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26 - Mark Knauer, from Des Moines, Iowa, listens as he wears a shirt donning Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during a meeting with workers from the United Steelworkers Local 310L in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
An attendee wears a campaign t-shirt for Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, during a Trump campaign rally at the Radford University Dedmon Arena in Radford, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. The single biggest day of voting in the Republican primary is March 1, Super Tuesday, when nearly half of the delegates needed to secure the nomination are up for grabs with Trump favored in most of these contests. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears a Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, shirt during a campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Democratic Party officials in Iowa say they can't do a recount of Monday's razor-thin presidential caucus results between Hillary Clinton and Sanders, even if they thought it was appropriate. And both candidates, in their debate later Thursday night, said it was no big deal. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HENDERSON, NV - FEBRUARY 19: Alex Leichenger canvasses a neighborhood for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on February 19, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Sanders is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of Nevada's February 20th Democratic caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
An attendee wears a shirt in support of Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, during a campaign rally at the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. State officials were reporting strong turnout for Super Tuesday balloting, the closest thing yet to a national referendum on Trump, the brash New York billionaire who has thrown out the traditional rules of campaigning. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images
DOVER, NH - FEBRUARY 3: Robert Hodgman wore a 'Hillary for Prison 2016' shirt during a Marco Rubio town hall event at Cara Irish Pub in Dover, N.H. on Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush shows off a Reagan/Bush '84 tee-shirt as he speaks during a Miami field office opening on September 12, 2015 in Miami, Floria. Bush continues to campaign for the Republican nomination. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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In a 23-year Reuters career, Segar has covered five presidential elections, but said that this one was different, especially with New York businessman Donald Trump, who became the presumptive Republican nominee, playing a starring role.

"The tone of the Trump campaign makes everything different for everybody," Segar said. He added that heightened security around Trump had also impacted how photographers illustrate the campaign.

Segar took a photograph of one of his own meals when he was covering a Clinton rally: hamburger meat on a bed of undressed spinach in a tinfoil to-go container.

"I was trying to give viewers a little bit of a different taste of what we see on a day to day basis," Segar said with a laugh.

"Your photos don't necessarily have to capture the most earth-shattering moments of the campaign, but they have to capture people's interest."

Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson said he always looked for a different angle at rallies.

In one of his photos, young reporters can be seen staring into the screens of their Macbook laptops at a Sanders rally in Pennsylvania.

"Usually cameras are pointed at the candidate," Jackson Said.

"I'm always looking to add context."

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