Offbeat moments from the campaign trail

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive in Belfast to visit the Titanic Studios, 7 April 2015

Polling day in the UK general election is drawing near and the campaign is entering its final phase. For the photographers who have been following the politicians around the country, it has been an intense period.

Martin Keene, the picture editor at the Press Association - the UK's national news agency - is leading the team covering the election.

His photographers are always on the lookout for the moment that could become a defining one of the election, as well as offbeat ways to cover the event. Together with his team, he has chosen some of the best moments so far.

Grey line

Stefan Rousseau

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron reads a book to Lucy and Will during a visit to a primary school near Bolton

Never work with children or animals, they say. David Cameron found that out to his cost when six-year-old Lucy momentarily placed her head on the desk seemingly bored with the prime minister's reading lesson. Actually she was just giggling at her mispronunciation of a word.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon leave UKIP leader Nigel Farage isolated during BBC Election Debate

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Caravan, A Great British Love Story

St Neots Caravan site in Bedfordshire, England

In the UK, the May Day bank holiday offers a chance to take a short break away from the daily grind, and for some people that means hitching up the caravan to the back of the car and heading into the countryside.

Inspired by fond memories of his childhood caravanning holidays in Southwold, Suffolk, photographer Gareth Iwan Jones turned his attention to this subject, the very British world of Caravanning.

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Heavily loaded

Cars belonging to Tunisian immigrants wait at the port to board the ferry that connects Palermo and Tunis

So far this year more than 35,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Africa are thought to have crossed to Europe, with many having died while attempting the journey. Yet on a Saturday the port of Palermo is full of cars loaded with goods heading the other way, from Italy to north Africa.

Photographer Eugenio Grosso took pictures of the heavily loaded cars, mainly belonging to Tunisian immigrants who gather to take a ferry to Tunis. Grosso says that some of them are travelling home for a holiday, while others are professional sellers who go back and forth each week, following in the footsteps of their ancestors.

A car loaded with goods

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Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style

Lomography Diana F+ Mr Pink

There are periods in all photographers' lives when, to some extent at least, they fall in love with the kit they use. Some move on and just see it as nothing more than a tool to achieve an aim, while a few set out to collect a certain brand or type of camera, lens or one type of accessory.

But as cameras, like many so many other products today, become more homogenised, there are those who want their camera to stand out, and be a statement in itself. One way to achieve this is to revert to shooting film and to take to the streets with a an old camera, perhaps adding an accessory here and there, or using a "toy" camera.

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Bedrooms of the remembered

Eom Ji-yeong, mother of Park Ye-ji who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph with a picture showing her daughter (44th from left in top row) with her schoolmates when she was 15

When the Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014 it claimed the lives of more than 300 people, the vast majority of whom were students from Danwon High School.

Reuters photographer Kim Hong-Ji photographed the scene and has since been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster.

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Visual whispers: From image to sketch via text

What does a picture mean to you? That's the idea behind a Photographer Writer Illustrator by the Brighton-based group Miniclick.

They took eight pictures by eight photographers and stripped them of all context before handing them to a writer to create a fictional narrative around, or perhaps a poem. The resulting text was then passed to an illustrator for their version of the event, though one step removed from the picture. The results are intriguing, and sometimes unexpected.

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Infrared images reveal the unseen

The Village: Between Greystones and Rose Court, 2011

A photograph is always a simplified representation of a complex world, but Ed Thompson's latest work, The Unseen, takes this a step further. By recording the infrared spectrum he creates images that transform the world around us, forcing the viewer to search for visual clues to anchor the image in what we know.

The project was born in 2010 while he was researching a way to document the "haunted village" of Pluckley in Kent and came across articles suggesting that ghosts could be recorded using infrared photography.

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Ruskin's daguerreotypes

The Frenchman. Venice. The Grand Canal. The Casa d'Oro Under Restoration, 1845. Quarter-plate daguerreotype.

In 2006 a set of daguerreotypes which it was believed were once owned by, and in the main taken by, the 19th Century critic John Ruskin were sold at auction. Those images have now been published in a book and their provenance confirmed.

The pictures were taken in Italy, France and Switzerland around 1850. There are several of Venice, and what are believed to be the the earliest surviving photographs of the Alps.

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Halfway point in 24-year photo project


Every February the latest set of pictures from a 24-year-long series are exhibited in London and this year's set marks the halfway point.

The 24 photographers are each assigned an hour of the first day of the year in which to record an aspect of their lives. The original 24 met while studying at Central St Martin's in London and though they have gone their separate ways the project continues to unite them and their photography.

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Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain

Krakow, Poland, 1988, Three loaves of bread. Photograph by © David Hlynsky

Towards the end of the 1980s, the political map of the world began to change with the collapse of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe and the battle of East v West seemingly over.

The collapse of the Berlin Wall saw thousands pour across the border from East Germany into the West, no doubt struck by the brash lights and shops full of just about everything you could dream of.

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