Sonia de Jara mops up water in the kitchen of her family's destroyed mobile home following Hurricane Irma in southern Collier County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Sonia de Jara mops up water in the kitchen of her family's destroyed mobile home following Hurricane Irma in southern Collier County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Querubin Jara, 11, plays with his family's pet ducks in front of their destroyed mobile home following Hurricane Irma in southern Collier County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Querubin Jara, 11, plays with his family's pet ducks in front of their destroyed mobile home following Hurricane Irma in southern Collier County, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans breaks up a would-be interception by Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde during the fourth quarter of an NFL game at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans breaks up a would-be interception by Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde during the fourth quarter of an NFL game at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

I spent much of the first half of 2017 telling the story of a Syrian refugee family resettling in the US following the Trump administration’s travel ban. The second half of my year has mostly been dedicated to covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the paper’s beat photographer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy jokes around with visitors locker room supervisor Pat Richard before an NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy jokes around with visitors locker room supervisor Pat Richard before an NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Riad Alsaloum, center, is helped inside by sons Abdalrahman, left, and Momen after sitting outside their temporary apartment in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The cancer attacking Riad Alsaloum's spine severely limited his mobility. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Riad Alsaloum, center, is helped inside by sons Abdalrahman, left, and Momen after sitting outside their temporary apartment in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The cancer attacking Riad Alsaloum's spine severely limited his mobility. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Amin Alsaloum kisses the hand of his deceased father, Riad Alsaloum, after washing the body in Islamic tradition with his brothers at a funeral home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Amin Alsaloum kisses the hand of his deceased father, Riad Alsaloum, after washing the body in Islamic tradition with his brothers at a funeral home in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Amin Alsaloum, front, carries his father's casket from a hearse to the grave with the help of brother Momen, second from left, and members of their mosque community at a cemetery in Thonotosassa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Amin Alsaloum, front, carries his father's casket from a hearse to the grave with the help of brother Momen, second from left, and members of their mosque community at a cemetery in Thonotosassa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (From story about Syrian refugee family resettling in the US) LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

I also covered Hurricane Irma from Port Charlotte to the Florida Keys, the college football National Championship between Clemson and Alabama, the Daytona 500 and the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. I’m fortunate to cover a balance of sports, news and longer-term stories in my role.

Elliott Sadler's pit crew races to change tires and refuel during a NASCAR XFINITY series race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Elliott Sadler's pit crew races to change tires and refuel during a NASCAR XFINITY series race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson hurdles Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison in the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson hurdles Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison in the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

I’ve been a photojournalist at the Tampa Bay Times since August 2015 (I was an intern before joining the staff full-time in 2016). During football season, covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers consumes most of my time. The rest of the year I balance daily assignments with longer-term projects. Since coming to the Times, I’ve documented the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and its aftermath, followed an incarcerated father through jail parenting classes and release, and covered the Clinton and Trump campaigns along the I-4 Corridor leading up to the last presidential election.

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