Lil Pump between songs at his concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Lil Pump between songs at his concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Sheron Pasco, 39, right, along with her mother Tranda Webb, 62, pose for a photograph Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at their home in Port Richey. Pasco's former boyfriend John Riggins is accused of dousing Pasco with gasoline and setting her on fire after an argument on July 5, 2016 in St. Petersburg. Pasco has suffered burns over 60 percent of her body. CHRIS URSO | Times
Sheron Pasco, 39, right, along with her mother Tranda Webb, 62, pose for a photograph Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at their home in Port Richey. Pasco's former boyfriend John Riggins is accused of dousing Pasco with gasoline and setting her on fire after an argument on July 5, 2016 in St. Petersburg. Pasco has suffered burns over 60 percent of her body. CHRIS URSO | Times
Dylan Reese, 36, holds a rooster named
Dylan Reese, 36, holds a rooster named "Phoenix" that he nursed back to health after it was injured during a fight with other roosters in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Reese who lives in Ybor City found solace caring for chickens after losing his job last year. Over the past several months he's become a fixture in Ybor City by hosting volunteer cleanups in Centennial Park and advocating for chickens through the Ybor Chickens Society. "Since I've found my family of chickens I went vegetarian," said Breese. "In between all the walking that I do, I've lost 35 pounds." OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Bernie Lierow visits his daughter, Danielle
Bernie Lierow visits his daughter, Danielle "Dani" Lierow, at a residential group home in Murfreesboro, TN. September 23, 2017. A dozen years ago, Dani was found starving, covered in her own filth, and unable to walk or talk. Bernie and his wife adopted the girl in 2007, and tried to make up for years of neglect. Bernie and his wife eventually divorced, and now Dani is in a group home. LARA CERRI | Times

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Kevin Thomas Monroe shakes hands during the graduation procession at the Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center in Pinellas Park, FL, Tuesday, May 24, 2017. Kevin graduated with 25 other special needs students. CHERIE DIEZ | Times
Kevin Thomas Monroe shakes hands during the graduation procession at the Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center in Pinellas Park, FL, Tuesday, May 24, 2017. Kevin graduated with 25 other special needs students. CHERIE DIEZ | Times
A large sinkhole in the Lake Padgett Estates community grew once again overnight. Construction crews say some of the sides of the hole has collapsed making the movement of heavy machinery closer to the hole more dangerous. LUIS SANTANA | Times
A large sinkhole in the Lake Padgett Estates community grew once again overnight. Construction crews say some of the sides of the hole has collapsed making the movement of heavy machinery closer to the hole more dangerous. LUIS SANTANA | Times
I had never experienced a total eclipse before this past summer. It was a life event for me powers tugged at my soul. Light and shadows danced and the day turned to night in a matter of hours. When the light returned it came as a wave across the ground without a sound. Camera Canon EOS 5D. SKIP O'ROURKE | Times
I had never experienced a total eclipse before this past summer. It was a life event for me powers tugged at my soul. Light and shadows danced and the day turned to night in a matter of hours. When the light returned it came as a wave across the ground without a sound. Camera Canon EOS 5D. SKIP O'ROURKE | Times
Elijah Weaver, 5 1/2 months, yawns in his stroller during a Halloween Parade for children at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Tampa, Fla. on October 31, 2017. Costumed pediatric patients trick or treated through the hospital campus, stopping along the parade route to pick up candy and gifts. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Elijah Weaver, 5 1/2 months, yawns in his stroller during a Halloween Parade for children at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Tampa, Fla. on October 31, 2017. Costumed pediatric patients trick or treated through the hospital campus, stopping along the parade route to pick up candy and gifts. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson hurdles over 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 over 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
"Casey" the loggerhead is picked up to be put into a stretcher and carried to the gulf, - The Florida Aquarium released "Casey, " a 220 pound adult, male loggerhead sea turtle Wednesday 8/16/2017 after it was rehabilitated at the facility. The 30 to 40-year-old turtle was rescued by Mote Marine Laboratory and brought to The Florida Aquarium for rehab on May 24, 2017. The aquarium believe the turtle was suffering from the effects of red tide and after antibiotics and other treatments was released back into the gulf off Honeymoon Island in Dunedin. JIM DAMASKE | Times
Tom Moore pauses while working on his home to look out at the Atlantic Ocean directly off of his property in Duck Key, Florida on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Moore was removing the new hurricane windows on his home, which survived Hurricane Irma while the rest of his home did not. He plans to put the windows into his new home, which he will build on the same property. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Tom Moore pauses while working on his home to look out at the Atlantic Ocean directly off of his property in Duck Key, Florida on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Moore was removing the new hurricane windows on his home, which survived Hurricane Irma while the rest of his home did not. He plans to put the windows into his new home, which he will build on the same property. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Aaron Richardson Jr. talks to voices in his head at his father's bail bond business in St. Petersburg July 22, 2017. Richardson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was arrested for carjacking in 2011. He was declared incompetent to stand trial and moved between Florida State Hospital and Broward County Jail. While in custody he lost both his sight and hearing. He was released to his family in 2014 without an explanation. JOHN PENDYGRAFT | TIMES
Aaron Richardson Jr. talks to voices in his head at his father's bail bond business in St. Petersburg July 22, 2017. Richardson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was arrested for carjacking in 2011. He was declared incompetent to stand trial and moved between Florida State Hospital and Broward County Jail. While in custody he lost both his sight and hearing. He was released to his family in 2014 without an explanation. JOHN PENDYGRAFT | TIMES
Patients are evacuated at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix on Tuesday (9/26/17) in the wake of two category 5 hurricanes back-to-back in just 12 days, with the most recent one, Hurricane Maria, making landfall in St. Croix last Tuesday at 2 a.m. Seven Aeromedical Evacuation members worked with 3 critical care air transport team members, 1 medical attendant and 5 flight crew members to complete the mission using a C-130 airplane out of MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Patients are evacuated at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix on Tuesday (9/26/17) in the wake of two category 5 hurricanes back-to-back in just 12 days, with the most recent one, Hurricane Maria, making landfall in St. Croix last Tuesday at 2 a.m. Seven Aeromedical Evacuation members worked with 3 critical care air transport team members, 1 medical attendant and 5 flight crew members to complete the mission using a C-130 airplane out of MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Family members of Jimmie Goshey embrace in prayer with his mother and sister during a community meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Clearwater Monday evening (08/07/17). Jimmie Goshey, 14, was one of three boys that died in Sunday's stolen car crash. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter were present along with faith based leaders during the community meeting. In front is Britteny Dixon (center), Jimmie's sister, who holds Enycei Reynolds (left) and Aliza Wells, Jimmie's nieces. In background (center) is Jimmie's mom Shalanda Marshall and his step dad Joseph Marshall (on left). DIRK SHADD | Times
Family members of Jimmie Goshey embrace in prayer with his mother and sister during a community meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Clearwater Monday evening (08/07/17). Jimmie Goshey, 14, was one of three boys that died in Sunday's stolen car crash. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter were present along with faith based leaders during the community meeting. In front is Britteny Dixon (center), Jimmie's sister, who holds Enycei Reynolds (left) and Aliza Wells, Jimmie's nieces. In background (center) is Jimmie's mom Shalanda Marshall and his step dad Joseph Marshall (on left). DIRK SHADD | Times
Tampa muralist Cam Parker, 33, poses for a portrait in front of his mural of Lady Gaga in the 1700 block of N Franklin Street in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Parker hopes to catch the pop star's attention and that she will take a selfie with the mural when she comes to Tampa in concert December 1, 2017.
Tampa muralist Cam Parker, 33, poses for a portrait in front of his mural of Lady Gaga in the 1700 block of N Franklin Street in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Parker hopes to catch the pop star's attention and that she will take a selfie with the mural when she comes to Tampa in concert December 1, 2017. "I don't want to use the word stalking," Parker said. "But I've been screaming from the top of my social media lungs." ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times

We appreciate our loyal readership and invite you to take a deeper look at more great photos by viewing our individual ‘Best of Year’ photo galleries on our online photo blog, All Eyes. Boyzell Hosey, Assistant Managing Editor for Photography/Multimedia