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Dueling demonstrations clash as the Klu Klux Klan holds a protest rally on the steps of the South Carolina State House building at the same time as a New Black Panther Party rally coupled with other black activist groups on July 19, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. The KKK held the rally to protest against the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds which was taken down July 10, 2015. The demonstration groups nearly went head-to-head as both rallies concluded and ended up face-to-face in the streets of downtown Columbia. In this photo young African American men push past medal barricades which are the only thing between them and several KKK members as they shout at the Klan members to leave or die.

Dueling demonstrations clash as the Klu Klux Klan holds a protest rally on the steps of the South Carolina State House building at the same time as a New Black Panther Party rally coupled with other black activist groups on July 19, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. The KKK held the rally to protest against the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds which was taken down July 10, 2015. The demonstration groups nearly went head-to-head as both rallies concluded and ended up face-to-face in the streets of downtown Columbia. In this photo young African American men push past medal barricades which are the only thing between them and several KKK members as they shout at the Klan members to leave or die. (Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force photo)

Dueling demonstrations clash as the Klu Klux Klan holds a protest rally on the steps of the South Carolina State House building at the same time as a New Black Panther Party rally coupled with other black activist groups on July 19, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. The KKK held the rally to protest against the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds which was taken down July 10, 2015. The demonstration groups nearly went head-to-head as both rallies concluded and ended up face-to-face in the streets of downtown Columbia. In this photo young African American men push past medal barricades which are the only thing between them and several KKK members as they shout at the Klan members to leave or die.

Dueling demonstrations clash as the Klu Klux Klan holds a protest rally on the steps of the South Carolina State House building at the same time as a New Black Panther Party rally coupled with other black activist groups on July 19, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. The KKK held the rally to protest against the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds which was taken down July 10, 2015. The demonstration groups nearly went head-to-head as both rallies concluded and ended up face-to-face in the streets of downtown Columbia. In this photo young African American men push past medal barricades which are the only thing between them and several KKK members as they shout at the Klan members to leave or die. (Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force photo)

Dan Kelsey, a farmer from Clyde, N.Y. and World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps, sits on the rear bumper of his van, crouched over with both hands covering his face due to exhaustion and body ailments brought on by a long day of selling produce at the Central New York Regional Market on Sept. 5, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Dan and his son Carl Kelsey raise and harvest their own produce to sell at the market each week. Dan has been selling his crops at the market since 1938, in between his time in the military where he served as an aircraft mechanic on the B-26 Invader. While some years in the farming industry are better than others, 2015 has proven to be a tough one for Dan and his son as the production of their crops has been down due to weather conditions thus resulting in a loss of money. The father and son team normally bring approximately 150 baskets of tomatoes to sell at the market along with other produce which earns them nearly $1,500 on a good day but they have only been able to bring about 40 baskets each time this year knocking their earnings down to about $600, less than half their normal profit. As summer narrows and the weather changes, it could possibly be a long winter for the WWII veteran and his son.

Dan Kelsey, a farmer from Clyde, N.Y. and World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps, sits on the rear bumper of his van, crouched over with both hands covering his face due to exhaustion and body ailments brought on by a long day of selling produce at the Central New York Regional Market on Sept. 5, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Dan and his son Carl Kelsey raise and harvest their own produce to sell at the market each week. Dan has been selling his crops at the market since 1938, in between his time in the military where he served as an aircraft mechanic on the B-26 Invader. While some years in the farming industry are better than others, 2015 has proven to be a tough one for Dan and his son as the production of their crops has been down due to weather conditions thus resulting in a loss of money. The father and son team normally bring approximately 150 baskets of tomatoes to sell at the market along with other produce which earns them nearly $1,500 on a good day but they have only been able to bring about 40 baskets each time this year knocking their earnings down to about $600, less than half their normal profit. As summer narrows and the weather changes, it could possibly be a long winter for the WWII veteran and his son. (Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force photo)

A fan mourns the loss of Dean Smith the former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach as a memorial service for the legendary coach comes to an end at the Dean Smith Center on Feb. 22, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dean Smith, 83, passed away on Feb 7, 2015. Smith retired from the University of North Carolina in 1997 after 36 seasons. Smith's teams won 879 games and had 27 consecutive seasons of at least 20 victories. While those statistics are staggering, many don't know that earlier in his career Smith also served in the U.S. Air Force and later coached the Air Force baseball and golf teams. Roy Williams, the current North Carolina coach who spent 10 years as Smith's assistant, said Smith "was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people."

A fan mourns the loss of Dean Smith the former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach as a memorial service for the legendary coach comes to an end at the Dean Smith Center on Feb. 22, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dean Smith, 83, passed away on Feb 7, 2015. Smith retired from the University of North Carolina in 1997 after 36 seasons. Smith's teams won 879 games and had 27 consecutive seasons of at least 20 victories. While those statistics are staggering, many don't know that earlier in his career Smith also served in the U.S. Air Force and later coached the Air Force baseball and golf teams. Roy Williams, the current North Carolina coach who spent 10 years as Smith's assistant, said Smith "was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people." (Kenny Holston/U.S.Air Force photo)

A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, crawls out of the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as she completes her post flight inspection on the aircraft, Jan. 15, 2015, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Crews chiefs work around the clock to keep Shaw's fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons mission ready at all times.

A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, crawls out of the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as she completes her post flight inspection on the aircraft, Jan. 15, 2015, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Crews chiefs work around the clock to keep Shaw's fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons mission ready at all times. (Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force photo)

A young girl eats her snacks and watches a show from a handheld device under the shade of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in Fort Bragg, N.C., on Sept. 19, 2015.

A young girl eats her snacks and watches a show from a handheld device under the shade of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle in Fort Bragg, N.C., on Sept. 19, 2015. (Marianique Santos/U.S. Air Force photo)

A U.S. Marine Corps recruit marches to his platoon's next event during tactical training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., on Dec. 3, 2015. Each event had different obstacles that challenged the recruits' metal, physical and emotional capacities.

A U.S. Marine Corps recruit marches to his platoon's next event during tactical training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., on Dec. 3, 2015. Each event had different obstacles that challenged the recruits' metal, physical and emotional capacities. (Marianique Santos/U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bellasalma, 514th Medical Company expert field medic badge candidate, provides medical care to a simulated patient during the EFMB course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Sept. 24, 2015. Every year airmen and soldiers attempt to pass the EFMB course where less than 20 percent of all candidates leave successful.

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bellasalma, 514th Medical Company expert field medic badge candidate, provides medical care to a simulated patient during the EFMB course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Sept. 24, 2015. Every year airmen and soldiers attempt to pass the EFMB course where less than 20 percent of all candidates leave successful. (Jordan A Castelan/U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division participate in a tug of war competition during warrior night at Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, Calif. on July 1, 2015. Warrior night is an annual event held to build camaraderie in the battalion.

U.S. Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division participate in a tug of war competition during warrior night at Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, Calif. on July 1, 2015. Warrior night is an annual event held to build camaraderie in the battalion. (Ryan P. Kierkega/U.S. Marine Corps photo)

This fine art piece was was created in honor of African American History Month 2013 using acrylic paint.  The first celebration of the Black History Month took place in February 1970.  In 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

This fine art piece was was created in honor of African American History Month 2013 using acrylic paint. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place in February 1970. In 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." (Gina K. Danals/U.S. Navy photo)

Pen illustration of a Marine during training operations in Kuiwait. This drawing was created on the spot in the elements of the Kuwait sand and heat, utilizing quick line strokes as the Marines were constantly in motion.

Pen illustration of a Marine during training operations in Kuiwait. This drawing was created on the spot in the elements of the Kuwait sand and heat, utilizing quick line strokes as the Marines were constantly in motion. (Elize McKelvey/U.S. Marine Corps)

Graphic produced for Army Multimedia and Visual Information Directorate Signal contest using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. The work order was requested by AMVID Executive Officer as part of a training exercise to motivate Soldiers to excel in their design capabilities inside Army Graphics.

Graphic produced for Army Multimedia and Visual Information Directorate Signal contest using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. The work order was requested by AMVID Executive Officer as part of a training exercise to motivate Soldiers to excel in their design capabilities inside Army Graphics. (Alexander Agrinsoni/U.S. Army illustration)

38th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and 39th Chief of Staff of the Army Mark A. Milley stand in line prior to the start of the United States Army Change of Responsibility ceremony held at Summerall Field on Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 14, 2015. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno relinquished command of the U.S. Army to Gen. Mark A. Milley during the ceremony hosted by Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.

38th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and 39th Chief of Staff of the Army Mark A. Milley stand in line prior to the start of the United States Army Change of Responsibility ceremony held at Summerall Field on Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 14, 2015. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno relinquished command of the U.S. Army to Gen. Mark A. Milley during the ceremony hosted by Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. (Sean K. Harp/U.S. Army photo)

The hospital ship USNS Mercy steams ahead during Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy steams ahead during Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is in its tenth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Mark El-Rayes/U.S. Navy photo)

Three military students assigned to the 312th Training Squadron battle a fire during a liquid fire scenario at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Oct. 19, 2015. During liquid fire training, the students rotate through 3-man iterations of low and high fires while moving through water. The joint DOD school is comprised of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine and civil service students.

Three military students assigned to the 312th Training Squadron battle a fire during a liquid fire scenario at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Oct. 19, 2015. During liquid fire training, the students rotate through 3-man iterations of low and high fires while moving through water. The joint DOD school is comprised of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine and civil service students. (Vernon Young, Jr./U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Basic Military Training is a 8-week life changing program of physical and mental training required in order for an individual to become an airman in the U. S. Air Force.

Air Force Basic Military Training is a 8-week life changing program of physical and mental training required in order for an individual to become an airman in the U. S. Air Force. (Christopher Griffin/U.S. Air Force photo)

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Retired Maj. Sherrill Arvin has his portrait taken during an interview recapping his time in service during the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s as an aviator in the Airman Heritage Museum on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas April 16, 2015. Arvin began his military involvement on JBSA-Lackland at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center and continues by volunteering at the Airman Heritage Museum.

Retired Maj. Sherrill Arvin has his portrait taken during an interview recapping his time in service during the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s as an aviator in the Airman Heritage Museum on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas April 16, 2015. Arvin began his military involvement on JBSA-Lackland at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center and continues by volunteering at the Airman Heritage Museum. (Jordan A Castelan/U.S. Air Force photo)

Two soldiers play catch with a football while a fellow soldier watches the perimeter of the training grounds during the Expert Field Medic Badge course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on Sept. 24, 2015. The EFMB is the non-combat equivalent of the Combat Medical Badge and is awarded to medical personnel of the U.S. military who successfully complete a set of qualification tests.

Two soldiers play catch with a football while a fellow soldier watches the perimeter of the training grounds during the Expert Field Medic Badge course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on Sept. 24, 2015. The EFMB is the non-combat equivalent of the Combat Medical Badge and is awarded to medical personnel of the U.S. military who successfully complete a set of qualification tests. (Jordan A. Castelan/U.S. Air Force photo)

Staff Sgt. Gideon Connelly leaps over a gutter during training at an adaptive sports camp in Crested Butte, Colo. In 2011, Connelly was involved in a motorcycle accident where he lost his left leg below the knee. He rehabilitated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Connelly was returned to duty and currently serves at the 175th Maintenance Squadron. Connelly takes part in many of the adaptive sports events and his main love is sprinting. He is training to be a part of the Paralympic track and field team for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Staff Sgt. Gideon Connelly leaps over a gutter during training at an adaptive sports camp in Crested Butte, Colo. In 2011, Connelly was involved in a motorcycle accident where he lost his left leg below the knee. He rehabilitated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Connelly was returned to duty and currently serves at the 175th Maintenance Squadron. Connelly takes part in many of the adaptive sports events and his main love is sprinting. He is training to be a part of the Paralympic track and field team for the 2016 Paralympic Games. (Vernon Young, Jr./U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits help their teammates put on gear before pugil stick fighting training at  Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.  on Dec. 3, 2015. The training teaches recruits the importance of knowing how to fight as well as how to work together in order to succeed.

U.S. Marine Corps recruits help their teammates put on gear before pugil stick fighting training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. on Dec. 3, 2015. The training teaches recruits the importance of knowing how to fight as well as how to work together in order to succeed. (Marianique Santos/U.S. Air Force photo)

Every year the Military Photographers of the Year Awards bring to light scenes that would go unnoticed or forgotten had it not been for the quick shutter finger and sharp eyes of the men and women behind the camera.

The 2015 submissions have proven to be no different, giving insight to the lives and experiences of U.S. servicemembers, vets and civilians around the world. The annual contest is judged at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md. This year, Air Force Sgt. Kenny Holston received the Military Photographer of the Year honor.

For more Visual Information Award Program Winners, including the categories of military graphic artist, web design and videographer, check out the DINFOS Award page and Flickr account.

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