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April 2016 ‘Reader Photo of the Month’ poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

1. Red-Shouldered Hawk at Raptor Fest (Published April 3, 2016)

[Submitted by Larry Cote, Madeira Beach, FL.]

1. Red-Shouldered Hawk at Raptor Fest (Published April 3, 2016)

Fine-feathered friends and foggy morning weather are featured in this month's batch of reader-submitted photos. Help pick the one that will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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72 hours in Cuba for 'Times' sports photographer Will Vragovic

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws hats into the crowd before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws hats into the crowd before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Times photographer Will Vragovic had three days to document life in Cuba as he followed the Tampa Bay Rays and President Barack Obama on their historic trip this spring. The state ofsports, politics, history and community dominate in 19 of Vragovic's best images. They're a look at what was -- and what is developing.

See the narrative "graphic novel piece" for Floridian Magazine - Hard deadlines, slow internet: Photographer explains how he and his photos got out of Cuba on time

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NFL Draft Day #TBT: Following Vernon Hargreaves' route from Wharton High to UF to the NFL

(May 7, 2012) Wharton High School football player Vernon Hargreaves III runs drills during practice on Tuesday.

[DANIEL WALLACE | Times]

(May 7, 2012) Wharton High School football player Vernon Hargreaves III runs drills during practice on Tuesday.

I am coming up on my four year anniversary of being a photographer at the Tampa Bay Times. One thing you quickly learn after being in this area during the fall is that high school football is king. When our football stars move onto college, they often show loyalty to teams in Florida. Some have even returned to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Local law enforcement members run with a 'flame of hope' for Special Olympics

St. Petersburg Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, right, carries the Special Olympics Florida torch on Wednesday as the group runs west on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, with other members of the department.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

St. Petersburg Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, right, carries the Special Olympics Florida torch on Wednesday as the group runs west on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, with other members of the department.

On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 law enforcement officers and department personnel began the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Florida.

Officers from nine local area law enforcement agencies — including the police departments of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Largo, Kenneth City, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Belleair; the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office; and the Florida Highway Patrol — participated in the relay run that began at the St. Petersburg Police Department and ended at the Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater.

"This is a great way for department members to give something back to our community," said Assistant St. Petersburg Police Chief Michael Kovacsev. "We have been participating in the run for over 25 years."

The event brings community awareness and attention to the various sports programs available to the intellectually disabled, said Laura Collins, director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Florida.

"The run is one of our largest grass roots efforts worldwide. Seventy-five-hundred to 10,000 officers participate in moving the 'flame of hope,' across this state during various events," she said.

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Sing Out! Tampa Bay

Performers practice during the rehearsal for Sing Out! Tampa Bay at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The performance will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Performers practice during the rehearsal for Sing Out! Tampa Bay at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The performance will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra.

Sing Out! Tampa Bay will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door at the Mahaffey Theater. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra. Songs performed will include “La Bamba”, Selections from The Music Man and  Amazing Grace.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Portrait of a trailblazing Tampa Little League coach

Coach "Ms Ann" Sullivan was honored with the 'Pioneer Award' from the Belmont Heights Alumni Association for being the first woman to coach and her contributions to the game in the Belmont Heights minor baseball league in Tampa on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Sullivan broke barriers becoming the first woman to coach a championship winning team for 8 years against other male coaches around the Tampa area. Several of Coach Sullivan players went on to play Major League Baseball such as Gary Sheffleld, Derek Bell, and Vance Lovelace to name a few. Also newly appointed Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward played for Coach Sullivan.

[OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Coach "Ms Ann" Sullivan was honored with the 'Pioneer Award' from the Belmont Heights Alumni Association for being the first woman to coach and her contributions to the game in the Belmont Heights minor baseball league in Tampa on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Sullivan broke barriers becoming the first woman to coach a championship winning team for 8 years against other male coaches around the Tampa area. Several of Coach Sullivan players went on to play Major League Baseball such as Gary Sheffleld, Derek Bell, and Vance Lovelace to name a few. Also newly appointed Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward played for Coach Sullivan.

"Ms. Ann" Sullivan, 78, coached professional baseball players such as Gary Sheffield, Derek Bell, Vance Lovelace and countless others when they played little league baseball in Tampa's Belmont Heights. Sullivan, a trailblazer, was honored for being the first woman to coach in Belmont Heights Little League and for the sacrifices she made for those young boys from 1971 to 1979.

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All Eyes photo gallery: An evening with Prince – January 3, 1985, Atlanta, GA. (Purple Rain tour)

Prince in concert during the Purple Rain Tour at the Omni International Arena, Atlanta, Ga. on January 3, 1985.

[CHERIE DIEZ | Times]

Prince in concert during the Purple Rain Tour at the Omni International Arena, Atlanta, Ga. on January 3, 1985.

After hearing that Prince had died at the young age of 57, Tampa Bay Times staff photographer Cherie Diez went through her files and scanned 20 great images, all from a single concert at the Omni International Arena in Atlanta, GA., on January 3, 1985.

Taken together, they create a fitting tribute to a very colorful and dramatic artist.

 

 

 

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Behind the lens: Shooting UFC's Fight Night through a cage

Blood drips down the face of Cezar Ferreira between rounds of a middleweight fight against Oluwale Bamgbose  during UFC Fight Night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Ferreira won by decision.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Blood drips down the face of Cezar Ferreira between rounds of a middleweight fight against Oluwale Bamgbose during UFC Fight Night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Ferreira won by decision.

UFC’s Fight Night at Amalie Arena was a gruesome spectacle. At one point, the floor of the octagon had to be repainted between bouts because it was stained with so much blood. In short, it was a very visual evening.
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All Eyes: One fan's photo of Prince in concert

[Raymond Sanderlin]

Shortly after the announcement of Prince's death, Raymond Sanderlin sent this photo (date unknown) to our Photo department. We thought we would share it with you here. Thanks, Raymond.

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All Eyes photo gallery: A look back at music superstar Prince through the decades

Prince presents the award for favorite album — soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2015.

Matt Sayles | Invision via AP

Prince presents the award for favorite album — soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2015.

Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including Little Red Corvette, Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, the Associated Press reports. He was 57.

RELATED: Pop music superstar Prince has died at age 57

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All Eyes: Photos and facts for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday

Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on Thursday.

Chris Jackson | Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on Thursday.

On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II became first British monarch to reach the age of 90. It's just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. The Associated Press provides some other numbers regarding Britain's queen:

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All Eyes photo gallery: A bird’s eye view of last week’s fire at the Amp in Ybor City

(April 6, 2016) Tampa Fire Rescue battles a 3-alarm nightclub fire at 1609 E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City. It is believed that a welder doing work in the building started the blaze. The Amphitheatre nightclub has been a popular club in the area for many years.

[Luis Santana | Times]

(April 6, 2016) Tampa Fire Rescue battles a 3-alarm nightclub fire at 1609 E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City. It is believed that a welder doing work in the building started the blaze. The Amphitheatre nightclub has been a popular club in the area for many years.

I have shot countless parties, DJs, and concerts at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City during my 10+ years as a photographer with the Times. So when I received a tip from a friend that there was a 3-alarm fire at 1609 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City I knew exactly what building it was. My first thought was to look at my watch to see the day of the week and time. I wondered if a show was going on at the time. The Amp, as it is known, was not actually holding a party or show that night, so there was no danger of people being packed inside of a burning nightclub.

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All Eyes: Gibbs High students to play dress up on Sunday for a good cause

[JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

Gibbs High School senior Katrina Babitzke, 18, waits in a Pre French Revolution style wedding dress while other classmates get into costume for a photo shoot in the school dressing room Friday, April 8, 2016. On April 17, Babitzke and six other students will model period bridal dresses designed by their classmates during a wedding dress sale at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg from noon to 3:00 pm. Students found 98 vintage dresses in storage containers while cleaning out the costume storage area at the school recently, and all the dresses will be sold to buy new lighting and sound equipment for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCAA)/Gibbs High School Grand Theater. "Most of them have the original tags on them from a shop called Edwards-Macy Brenner's. I googled it and it comes back to locations in Lakeland and Orlando. But really, we have no idea where they came from. But they are beautiful," says Trish Kelley, Costume Design Instructor for PCAA. "I'm normally a lighting designer and I do makeup, so I'm usually behind the scenes," says Babitzke. "It's kind of awesome to get to be in costume and do this for the program."

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Behind the lens: Getting up close and personal with Pearl Jam (and their fans)

Rock band Pearl Jam celebrates the 25th anniversary tour performing at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday, April 11, 2016.

[OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Rock band Pearl Jam celebrates the 25th anniversary tour performing at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday, April 11, 2016.

When covering a major concert - like Pearl Jam's 25th anniversary tour stop in Tampa - you must expect the unexpected. You must anticipate where you'll be shooting pictures from and what equipment you'll need to bring along.
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All Eyes: Canopy pilots swoop into Zephyrhills' Skydive City

Piri Rewa, from New Zealand, pilots toward the course during the United States Parachute Association (USPA) 2016 National Championships of Canopy Piloting at Skydive City on Friday April 8, 2016 in Zephryhills.

[MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Piri Rewa, from New Zealand, pilots toward the course during the United States Parachute Association (USPA) 2016 National Championships of Canopy Piloting at Skydive City on Friday April 8, 2016 in Zephryhills.

The United States Parachute Association (USPA) 2016 National Championships of Canopy Piloting were held last week at Skydive City in Zephryhills. In canopy piloting competitions, the skydivers fly a given course over land and water and are judged on speed, distance and accuracy. 55 skydivers participated in the competition. The top eight competitors in the open class will form the United States team for the World Championships in August. The weeklong competition concluded with an awards banquet on Friday night.

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