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All Eyes gallery: Scott Keeler's favorite photos of 2016

Each year, Times photographers choose their favorite photos from the past 12 months. These are from Scott Keeler.

Scott Keeler

Former Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner, R- Orlando, helps his son Andrew, Jr., tie his tie, prior to the start of the 2016 Florida legislative session in Tallahassee. Lawmakers families visited the Capitol on opening day of the session.

Scott Keeler

Members of the media lineup and photograph a group of retired elephants from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Center for Elephant Conservation, Polk City, Fl., Friday, 5/6/16. The elephants were paraded for a meal of mixed vegetables and fruits in front of the cameras. According to Stephen Payne, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Feld Entertainment, the circus parent company, 11 Asian elephants from the traveling circus units joined others at the facility, bring the total number to 39 in the retired herd. "We are doing some pioneering work to study elephant behavior, studies to help preserve the species," he said. Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century. But animal welfare activists have long alleged that circuses have mistreated elephants.

Scott Keeler

Artist Tom Stovall, 67, St. Petersburg, paints and refreshes aquatic murals representing Florida's coral reefs on the historic 500,000 gallon Crescent Lake water tower, St. Petersburg, Thursday, 5/26/16. Stovall painted the murals in 1994 and raised funds for the project. The murals began to fade with the sunlight. "I met one year ago with council member Darden Rice and we got the new project going," said Stovall.

Scott Keeler

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, reads the children's book Mort the Sport by Robert Kraus and John Himmelman to a group of children including his own daughter Elle, 3, right, Thursday, 6/30/16 as part of the Reading with the Rays summer reading program at the St. Petersburg Public Library, 3745 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg.

Scott Keeler

Casia Palm and her son Gage Palm, 2, residents of the Mosley Motel, St. Petersburg, wait in line next to the motel to meet with representatives of various social service agencies, Tuesday, 8/16/16 Residents learned the motel would close September 30.

Scott Keeler

Lightning cracks over downtown St. Petersburg looking north from Albert Whitted Park, Monday afternoon, 9/26/16. The storm moved over Tampa Bay.

Scott Keeler

A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from just north of the North Shore Aquatic Complex. The view is looking south toward Albert Whitted Airport. At the center, left, is where the St. Petersburg Pier used to be. The photo was published with an editorial asking the question, "Does St. Petersburg need a pier."

Scott Keeler

Actress Angela Bassett poses in her old St. Petersburg neighborhood at the corner of 22 St. South and 9 Ave. South, 10/25/16. Bassett was in town campaigning for US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Scott Keeler

US Congress House 13 candidate Charlie Crist waves to supporters at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach with his wife Carole, right, after defeating David Jolly on election night.

Times Archive

class="inline_caption">class="inline_caption">Scott Keeler is a staff photojournalist with the Tampa Bay Times based in the St. Petersburg newsroom. He has worked for the company since 1987 in the Pasco, Clearwater and St. Petersburg offices.

Before joining the Times, Keeler worked for the Tampa Tribune; the Morristown Daily Record, Morristown, N.J., and the Elizabeth Daily Journal, Elizabeth, N.J. He was a former President of the New Jersey Press Photographers Association and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Keeler, 57, is a native of Basking Ridge, N.J., and is married to the former Times Food/Travel Editor, Janet K. Keeler, who is a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Their son Jensen is a recent graduate of Florida State University.

Whenever people ask me what I enjoy most about being a photojournalist, I tell them I love the variety of assignments and the spontaneity of the profession. Many times you don't know who or what you will be photographing each day. I recently photographed actress Angela Bassett in her old St. Petersburg neighborhood where she grew up. She visited the area during the recent Presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton.

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