Friends and family grieve after a list of hospitalized victims was released, implying the death of those who weren't on the list and hadn't been heard from, outside a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel near the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016.
Each year, Times photographers choose their favorite photos from the past 12 months. These are from Loren Elliott.
Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando on June 13, 2016. Honored were those killed in the mass shooting that left 49 dead and many more wounded at a gay Orlando nightclub.
Family and friends are seen mourning their loved ones, killed exactly one month prior by a gunman inside Pulse nightclub, at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Fla., on July 12, 2016. Buried here are Alejandro Barrios Martinez, Cory James Connell, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla and Leroy Valentin Fernandez. The plots were provided by the city at no charge.
Angel Santiago, a Pulse survivor who was shot in both legs, sits alone in his hospital room at a HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on June 28, 2016.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick waits with teammates to take the field before a football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2016.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) greets Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) at midfield after the Bucs lost to the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 3, 2016.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage for an early vote rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 26, 2016.
Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Oct. 12, 2016. Trump flew in to Lakeland on his plane after a morning rally in Ocala.
President Obama speaks at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Oct. 28, 2016. He encouraged voters to cast their ballots early.
For me, 2016 was a year mostly defined by three big stories. First came the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. I spent a week straight covering the aftermath of an attack that left 49 dead and 53 others wounded. Soon after, I connected with a survivor, Angel Santiago, and spent the next four months documenting his recovery.
2016 was also my first year as the Times' beat photographer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's been a blast, and the team's midseason resurgence has me hoping for a playoff run. Last but not least, the Clinton and Trump campaigns spent a ton of time in our backyard this year. I was fortunate to make many trips up and down the I-4 corridor, documenting the two candidates fighting it out for this battleground region.
Reflecting on the diversity of subject matter I covered in 2016, from breaking news to sports to politics to documentary projects, I'm reminded how fortunate I am to do this for a living. I really wouldn't trade this career path for anything.
Staff photojournalist Loren Elliott got his start at the Tampa Bay Times as an intern in August of 2015. Before that he interned at the San Francisco Chronicle. Elliott studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he was a photographer and editor at the Columbia Missourian. Elliott is a native of Northern California. He's passionate about covering sports, politics, breaking news and documentary work.
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