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Chris Urso - Deputy Director of Photography

Deputy Director of Photography

Growing up in Southern California was great but in 2005 I needed to make a drastic move. This move was not caused by my fear of earthquakes but my fear of not having a career in the vocation I adored. Family in tow we trekked cross country, on a plane, and landed at The Tampa Tribune. I am lucky to be one of the few who were plucked by the Tampa Bay Times after the purchase of the Tribune in 2016. My family and I have grown to love the Tampa Bay area. We spend off times floating on the intercostal and biking along the Pinellas Trail. I am extremely passionate about photojournalism and a strong advocate of photojournalism ethics. When asked, I tell people I am just a SoCal expat attempting to live the Florida lifestyle and I make visuals awesome.

  1. Peggy Van Gorder, 53, of St. Petersburg redies herself prior to driving through a gate that will lead her and survey partner Beth Koehler, 60, onto a levy in the Everglades. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
    Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to double down on python removals but hunters sometimes can’t even find one.
  2. June 5, 2019, Carentan, France: TOM RICE, a 97-year-old U.S. veteran parachuted into Normandy - 75 years after he made the same journey on D-Day. Rice, of San Diego, was among some 200 parachutists who filled the Normandy skies for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  (Credit Image: © Marc Ollivier/Maxppp via ZUMA Press)
    President Donald Trump along with French President Emmanuel Macron and their wives stood on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. Both praised the heroism of American and Allied service members who...
  3. Students from Patricia Sullivan Partnership School practice ballet in a program run by the Straz Arts Education Community Partnership. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  4. Gabriel Smith, 17, gathers sandbags in front of the Grady Market and Consulate Suites storage warehouse while working to prepare the building for potential flooding in downtown Apalachicola. (Douglas R. Clifford)
  5. Grace, left, and Jayden, center, both 8, hold their violins while Alanis, 9, plays\uFEFF during a lesson with Linda Gaines.
  6. Grace, left, and Jayden, center, both 8, hold their violins while Alanis, 9, plays during a lesson with instructor Linda Gaines. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  7. Matt Ruszczyk kneels near Mac's enclosure at Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park. Ruszczyk cares for the aging cougar, who is now 22. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  8. Carol Seaman, a volunteer for the Humane Society of Pinellas, plays with a cat that recently had surgery. Seaman has spent 12 years volunteering. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  9. Sculptor Donald Gialanella shapes a piece of steel while working in his studio recently. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  10. CHRIS URSO   |   Times Chance Blaker poses for a photograph while sitting in a custom, all terrain wheelchair he built Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at his workshop in Foley, Alabama. Blaker builds custom, motorized, all terrain wheelchairs for a St. Petersburg non-profit called Other Side of the Dunes. Eric Wooten, the founder of the non-profit, and Blaker met while in the Marines and reconnected years later. The organization has donated 11 wheelchairs to veterans and those who work with veterans and has plans to donate two more next year. Wooten says, â\u0088\u009A\u0092We want it to be something that it might not be able to heal your body but our idea is we are going to try to help heal the mind.â\u0088\u009A\u0093