Photos of the Year 2015

South Carolina State House Protest

Last year was unbelievable. It was my fourth year as a full-time independent photographer, and definitely my most exciting and rewarding. I worked for clients that I used to dream of shooting for, and I got to cover some of the biggest stories of the year and meet some incredible people along the way. I am forever grateful to the folks who hire and trust me to tell stories with my camera, whether it be The New York Times covering the Charleston shootings or the Atlanta Falcons to show a behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a professional football player. I also got featured (twice!) by Instagram and blogged by them, helping me gain over 90k followers! It has been a great year for sure, but I definitely have a long way to go.

When possible, I have included links (below photo) of where it has been published.

Above photo: A member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard looks at the casket of Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s after it arrived by horse drawn carriage at the South Carolina Statehouse on June 24, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Pinckney was one of the nine people gunned down at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17. Photographed for UPI


Donald Trump, photographed for The New York Times


Omar Shekhey, photographed for NPR


Dent “Wildman” Myers, photographed for The New York Times


Protesters with the Coalition Against Police Violence, photographed for The New York Times


Joel Crumpton, photographed for myself while on another assignment in downtown Atlanta.

Brian Bell

Attorney Chevene B. King, photographed for USA TODAY

NASCAR: 500 At Talladega

Talladega, photographed for USA TODAY Sports Images


High school football, photographed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Don King, photographed for Sports Illustrated


Raquel, 59, photographed for a personal project started in 2015 about the perceptions of those who live with alcoholism and/or drug addiction.


Rosa Parks monument, photographed for The New York Times


Sidelines, photographed for the Atlanta Falcons


Cheryl Breland, photographed for BuzzFeed


Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, photographed for The New York Times


Georgia Security Force III%, photographed for a personal project started in 2015 about the lives of militia members


Nick Saban, photographed for myself while on a corporate event photography assignment


Morehouse Parents’ Parting Ceremony, photographed for The New York Times


Eric Molina and Deontay Wilder boxing match, photographed for Sports Illustrated


Confederate flag rally, photographed for myself


Kaskade, photographed for BuzzFeed


Oscar Gamble, photographed for Sports Illustrated


Thomasville, Georgia barbershop, photographed for myself


Triple funeral from Charleston shootings, photographed for myself


Dr. Ian Crozier, Ebola patient, photographed for The New York Times


Colquitt County (Ga.) Courthouse, photographed for BuzzFeed


Chattanooga shootings, photographed for The New York Times

Reds Braves Baseball

Reds @ Braves, photographed for Associated Press


Brandon Heath, chief magistrate judge for Haralson County (Ga.), photographed for The New York Times


  1. Reply
    Jimmy and Pansy January 8, 2016

    Kevin, these are GREAT!! We kept saying WOW – each picture was fantastic! We are so very proud of you!!!!!

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles January 8, 2016

      Thank you guys! Hope to see y’all soon.

  2. Reply
    Tricia Scoggins January 9, 2016

    These are awesome. At each picture, (second go through!) I kept saying “Now, this is my favorite, no this one is, nope this one”.

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles January 11, 2016

      Thank you Aunt Trish!

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