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Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis turns and waves to the fans as his number rises up to the rafters while watching along with his wife and kids during the Marty St. Louis jersey retirement ceremony at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (01/13/17).

DIRK SHADD | Times

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis turns and waves to the fans as his number rises up to the rafters while watching along with his wife and kids during the Marty St. Louis jersey retirement ceremony at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (01/13/17).

View a gallery of images from the Tampa Bay Lightning's game Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after retiring Marty St. Louis' #26 Friday, Jan. 13 in Tampa.

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Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning retire Marty St. Louis' #26

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis turns and waves to the fans as his number rises up to the rafters while watching along with his wife and kids during the Marty St. Louis jersey retirement ceremony at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (01/13/17).

DIRK SHADD | Times

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis turns and waves to the fans as his number rises up to the rafters while watching along with his wife and kids during the Marty St. Louis jersey retirement ceremony at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday evening (01/13/17).

View a gallery of images as the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate Marty St. Louis by retiring his number 26 during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 13 in Tampa. Former teammates, coaches, family and friends were on hand Friday as a banner with St. Louis' number was raised to the rafters at Amalie Arena.

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Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) collide while battling for possession during the first period of Thursday's (1/5/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) collide while battling for possession during the first period of Thursday's (1/5/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Tampa couple celebrates wedding with Kraftwerk theme

David Sanborn and Jennifer Huber got married in a Kraftwerk themed wedding on Wednesday January 4, 2016 at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights. Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band that was formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

David Sanborn and Jennifer Huber got married in a Kraftwerk themed wedding on Wednesday January 4, 2016 at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights. Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band that was formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf.

David Sanborn and Jennifer Huber got married in a Kraftwerk themed wedding on Wednesday January 4, 2016 at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights. Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band that was formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf.

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Photo gallery: Bishop Gregory L. Parkes installed as spiritual leader of Tampa Bay's Catholics

New Bishop Gregory L.  Parkes, left, greets Monsignor Robert Gibbons of St. Pauls Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, right, Wednesday, 1/4/16 during Parkes installment at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

New Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, left, greets Monsignor Robert Gibbons of St. Pauls Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, right, Wednesday, 1/4/16 during Parkes installment at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.

Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed Wednesday as the fifth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in a mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Parkes succeeded Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch, 75 who retired after almost 21 year as head of the diocese. The ceremony will mark Parkes' return to the bay area.

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All Eyes photo gallery: Outback Bowl 2017

Florida Gators quarterback Austin Appleby (12) throws the ball in the first quarter during the Outback Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

Florida Gators quarterback Austin Appleby (12) throws the ball in the first quarter during the Outback Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Florida fans hoping for optimism in 2017 found some at Raymond James Stadium on the second day of the year.

The No. 20 Gators' defense was characteristically strong, and the offense had its most successful performance in months to spark Monday's 30-3 win over No. 21 Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

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Photo Gallery: Bucs defeated the Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) wrestles the ball away from Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) for an interception during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) wrestles the ball away from Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) for an interception during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photos by Staff Photojournalists Charlie Kaijo and Loren Elliott. 

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Photo gallery: College Football Playoff games, Fiesta and Peach Bowls

Washington Huskies running back Lavon Coleman (22) greets fans as he and other teammates arrive for the Peach Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Atlanta. The Washington Huskies will face the Alabama Crimson Tide.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Washington Huskies running back Lavon Coleman (22) greets fans as he and other teammates arrive for the Peach Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Atlanta. The Washington Huskies will face the Alabama Crimson Tide.

View a gallery of images by Tampa Bay Times staff photographers, Associated Press and Getty Images from yesterday's College Football Playoff games. Alabama will face Clemson Monday, Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for the College Football National Championship.

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Photo gallery: Peach Bowl, Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Washington Huskies

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9) celebrates with head coach Nick Saban and linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) after the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta on Saturday December 31, 2016. Alabama defeated Washington, 24 to 7. Scarbrough and Anderson were named game MVPs.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9) celebrates with head coach Nick Saban and linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) after the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta on Saturday December 31, 2016. Alabama defeated Washington, 24 to 7. Scarbrough and Anderson were named game MVPs.

View a gallery of images from the Peach Bowl as the Crimson Tide of Alabama face the Washington Huskies Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) skates off the ice as Toronto Maple Leafs players celebrate their 2-3 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Tampa.

CHRIS URSO | Times

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) skates off the ice as Toronto Maple Leafs players celebrate their 2-3 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Tampa.

View a gallery of images from the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

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Photo Gallery: Peach Bowl Media Day

The trophy for the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl College Football semifinal photographed during media day on Thursday December 29, 2016 at the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

The trophy for the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl College Football semifinal photographed during media day on Thursday December 29, 2016 at the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Images from the Peach Bowl's media day featuring No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington in Atlanta.

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Photo gallery: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his winning overtime goal ending Wednesday's (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his winning overtime goal ending Wednesday's (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

View a gallery of images from the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

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All Eyes photo gallery: A tribute to pop star George Michael

British singer George Michael performs at a concert on Sept. 9, 2012, to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris. Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53.

Francois Mori | Associated Press

British singer George Michael performs at a concert on Sept. 9, 2012, to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris. Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53.

From the Associated Press: George Michael shot to stardom at an early age in the teen duo WHAM! and moved smoothly into a solo career. It was a classic showbiz story — a lad named Georgios Panayiotou with strong Greek Cypriot roots takes the name George Michael and forms a band with Andrew Ridgeley that brings him wealth and worldwide fame.

Photos and videos from that era show Michael with long locks, piercing eyes and a show-stopping smile. He was made for MTV, which was emerging as a dominant force, and he had a powerful video presence, borrowing some of his dance moves from Elvis Presley and sometimes styling himself as a motorcycle rebel who would have made James Dean or Marlon Brando proud.

RELATED: RIP George Michael, MTV superstar whose songs, sexuality will endure

He seemed to be on top of the world when he graduated from WHAM! and started scoring his own hits, but later said he was struggling with his sexuality and remembers his late 20s as a very depressing period.

The AIDS crisis was hitting the gay community extremely hard at the time, and he lost one partner to the disease. He said it took him several years to recover. …

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Bucs lose to the Saints 31 to 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht chat before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht chat before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34 to 21. Photos by Staff Photojournalist Loren Elliott. 

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All Eyes photo gallery: Santas from Tampa Bay and around the world

Santa surprises Latayon Bell and dad Shakeel Bell with a new bike as he stops by her room at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday morning 12/21/16. Santa, also known as Clearwater Fire Department Firefighter Denis O'Connor, visited pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday arriving in Clearwater's Engine 50 that was full of presents in the cab and on the hose bed from the Clearwater firefighters and the Skip Cline Society as well as Dr. Jeffrey HeldÕs family. The Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation coordinated the event along with the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Santa surprises Latayon Bell and dad Shakeel Bell with a new bike as he stops by her room at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday morning 12/21/16. Santa, also known as Clearwater Fire Department Firefighter Denis O'Connor, visited pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday arriving in Clearwater's Engine 50 that was full of presents in the cab and on the hose bed from the Clearwater firefighters and the Skip Cline Society as well as Dr. Jeffrey HeldÕs family. The Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation coordinated the event along with the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.

The popularity of the Santa Claus character as Americans knew him rose during World War II as U.S. troops dressed as Santa and passed out food and gifts to children in war ravaged Europe and Japan.

Nowadays that famous red and white suit worn by someone with a white beard, whether, skinny or fat, can be seen practically around the globe.

Despite one’s own belief, nothing perhaps symbolizes the Christmas holiday season as prominently as the image of Santa Clause.

As a photo editor, I’m always awed around this time of year to see the diversity in the flood of Santa Claus images from around the world representing many different cultures and scenarios.
 
The gallery represented here are my top 20 Santa Clause photos from our own Tampa Bay and beyond.

Boyzell Hosey
Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia

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