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Reader Photo of the Month poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers to choose from

(Published January 1, 2016) Kingfisher in the morning.

[Submitted by Ken Proctor, St. Petersburg, FL.]

(Published January 1, 2016) Kingfisher in the morning.

We're starting something new this year. Every month we'll choose five reader-submitted photos and ask you to help pick the one that will win the coveted title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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From the digital darkroom: Some advice from a pro on capturing a picture perfect sunrise

IPhone photo taken at sunrise on a pond in Brandon. Winter produces spectacular sunrises and sunset due to high clouds that catch the suns rays.

[Skip O'Rourke | Times]

IPhone photo taken at sunrise on a pond in Brandon. Winter produces spectacular sunrises and sunset due to high clouds that catch the suns rays.

Here are some gorgeous examples of sunrise photos taken by staff photographers Jim Damaske and Skip O'Rourke.

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Photo gallery: Following the big blizzard as it pushes across U.S.

Lori Porter and her dog Hope walk as snow falls near Lowergate Lane in Kernersville, N.C., on Friday.

Bruce Chapman | Winston-Salem Journal via AP

Lori Porter and her dog Hope walk as snow falls near Lowergate Lane in Kernersville, N.C., on Friday.

The blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm's path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions, the Associated Press reports. 

Snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could last for 24 hours or more in some areas, said meteorologist Paul Kocin with the National Weather Service. That puts estimates at more than 2 feet for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and 8 inches to a foot in New York. 

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Caption contest #15 finalists: Which clever caption do you like best?

Which clever caption do you like best?

[Undated photo from Times files]

Which clever caption do you like best?

Below you will find the top five captions submitted for caption contest #15. We'll leave it to you to determine which caption gets the most votes. (Voting ends Friday, January 29, at 8:30 a.m.)

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On the eve of Roe vs. Wade anniversary, a 'memorial for the unborn' gets planted in Largo

(January 21, 2016) Debi Vinnedge, of Largo, secures a wooden cross in the lawn at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo while working on the church's Respect Life Ministries' Memorial for the Unborn, which is placed each year before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court case on abortion. On January 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life. The controversial decision prompted a national debate that continues today and has divided much of the United States into two camps when it comes to the topic of abortion. According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, 285 youth and chaperones from ten different Tampa Bay area parishes and schools are leaving today to join the hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate in the March for Life, the annual rally protesting abortion, held each year in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

[Douglas R. Clifford | Times]

(January 21, 2016) Debi Vinnedge, of Largo, secures a wooden cross in the lawn at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo while working on the church's Respect Life Ministries' Memorial for the Unborn, which is placed each year before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court case on abortion. On January 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life. The controversial decision prompted a national debate that continues today and has divided much of the United States into two camps when it comes to the topic of abortion. According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, 285 youth and chaperones from ten different Tampa Bay area parishes and schools are leaving today to join the hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate in the March for Life, the annual rally protesting abortion, held each year in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

(January 21, 2016) Debi Vinnedge of Largo secures a wooden cross in the lawn at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo while working on the church's Respect Life Ministries' Memorial for the Unborn, which is placed each year before the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court case on abortion. On January 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life. The controversial decision prompted a national debate that continues today and has divided much of the United States into two camps when it comes to the topic of abortion. According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, 285 youth and chaperones from ten different Tampa Bay area parishes and schools are leaving today to join the hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate in the March for Life, the annual rally protesting abortion, held each year in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

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Caption contest #16: Show us your wits! Send us a clever caption for this image.

Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?

[1967 Photo by Tampa Bay Times staff photographer Bernie Oram]

Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?

We invite you to come up with a caption for the above photo and send it to us at alleyes@tampabay.com. We'll pick five captions to feature in a poll next week to select the weekly winner.

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Photo gallery: Baby panda Bei Bei is introduced to the public (w/video)

Giant panda cub Bei Bei, seen through glass, tries to get out of his box as he awakes at the National Zoo in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The cub, born Aug. 22, made his public debut Saturday, though zoo members have been able to see him since Jan. 8.

Jose Luis Magana | Associated Press

Giant panda cub Bei Bei, seen through glass, tries to get out of his box as he awakes at the National Zoo in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The cub, born Aug. 22, made his public debut Saturday, though zoo members have been able to see him since Jan. 8.

For his public debut, Bei Bei mostly snoozed flat on his back - a big puff of black and white fur with fluffy black ears curled in a box corner of his mother's den at the National Zoo.

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Instant photo poll: Black-and-white or color? Which do you like best?

Black-and-white or color? Which do you prefer?

[Skip O'Rourke | Times]

Black-and-white or color? Which do you prefer?

Black-and-white or color? Picture editors and photographers alike often ponder that question and ultimate decision. When a picture has striking graphic lines that create direction and movement within a frame, combined with overall monotone qualities, it's natural for the visually-minded to imagine what the image would look like in black or color. It's a fun exercise when many subjective opinions are taken into account. We'd thought you'd like to get in on the action too! Which do you prefer? Black and white or color? Place your vote below, and feel free to leave comments too.

 

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Caption contest #14 finalists: Which clever caption do you like best?

Which clever caption do you like best?

[1932 photo from Times files]

Which clever caption do you like best?

Below are the top five captions submitted for caption contest #14. We'll leave it to you to decide which one is #1. (Voting ends Friday, January 22, at 8:30 a.m.)

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Caption contest #15: Show us your wits! Send us a clever caption for this image.

Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?

Undated photo from Times files

Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?

We invite you to come up with a caption for the above photo and send it to us at alleyes@tampabay.com. We'll pick five captions to feature in a poll next week to select the weekly winner.

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Photo gallery: The many faces of Alan Rickman (including the unforgettable Severus Snape)

(2004) Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

[Times files]

(2004) Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

From the Associated Press: "British actor Alan Rickman, a classically-trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, has died. He was 69. Rickman's family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. Trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish."

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Photo gallery: An inside look at the “Though Tattered and Torn…A Hundred Years of Costumes, Textiles and Shoes” exhibit

A dress (on left) by French designer Jean Patou.  Michael Vollbracht, former head designer for Bill Blass, abandoned his collection of classic couture from 1910s Lanvin to 1960s Christian Dior in a back room of his Safety Harbor home for far too long. Most of the molded collection wasn't salvageable. The pieces that partially survived will be put on display on Thursday, January 14, at Lot 1901, 1901 E 2nd Avenue in Ybor City, for charity in support of the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. The fashion and art installation will be a map of Vollbracht's life and fashion history.

[Jim Damaske | Times]

A dress (on left) by French designer Jean Patou. Michael Vollbracht, former head designer for Bill Blass, abandoned his collection of classic couture from 1910s Lanvin to 1960s Christian Dior in a back room of his Safety Harbor home for far too long. Most of the molded collection wasn't salvageable. The pieces that partially survived will be put on display on Thursday, January 14, at Lot 1901, 1901 E 2nd Avenue in Ybor City, for charity in support of the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. The fashion and art installation will be a map of Vollbracht's life and fashion history.

Michael Vollbracht, former head designer for Bill Blass, abandoned his collection of classic couture from 1910s Lanvin to 1960s Christian Dior in a back room of his Safety Harbor home for far too long. Most of the molded collection wasn't salvageable. The pieces that partially survived will be put on display on Thursday, January 14, at Lot 1901, 1901 E. 2nd Avenue in Ybor City, for charity in support of the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. The fashion and art installation will be a map of Vollbracht's life and fashion history.

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Photo gallery: David Bowie, from Ziggy Stardust to new song, Lazarus

David Bowie, and his wife, the international model Iman, arrive at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards at the New York Public Library in New York, June 3, 2002.

G. Paul Burnett | New York Times

David Bowie, and his wife, the international model Iman, arrive at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards at the New York Public Library in New York, June 3, 2002.

David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday, the Associated Press reports. He was 69 and had just released a new album.

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Photo gallery: Images from David Bowie’s concerts in Tampa Bay

(September 19, 1987) David Bowie, on the Glass Spider World Tour, plays at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

[Maurice Rivenbark | Times]

(September 19, 1987) David Bowie, on the Glass Spider World Tour, plays at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Here are some photos from three Tampa Bay area performances by David Bowie, dating as far back as 1987 and as recently as 2004.

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Caption contest #13 finalists: Which clever caption do you like best?

Which clever caption do you like best?

[1946 photo from Times files]

Which clever caption do you like best?

Here are the top five captions submitted for last week's caption contest. We'll leave it to you to decide which one is #1. (Voting ends Friday, January 15, at 10:30 a.m.)

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