Douglas R. Clifford - Photographer


During my childhood my parents had curated a couple hundred issues of National Geographic magazine, which I remember studying for hours, for years, while growing up in St. Louis, Missouri. I was inspired by the vivid stories of people from every corner of the world. It was a natural evolution that I ended up studying photojournalism at the University of Florida. I joined Times Publishing Company in 1998, and began documenting storytelling moments for our daily reports – spot news, features, sports, portraiture, food, fashion, etc. My secret (to success): stay focused on the most storytelling elements while remaining open to the unexpected. Photojournalism can also be creative, and I believe it’s my passion to create, along with my personality - adventurous, intense, tenacious, compassionate, confident, patient, curious, evolving - that inspires me to get up each day and do it all over again.

  1. Grounds maintenance workers spray-paint a Major League Baseball logo onto the turf at Tropicana Field on Friday in St. Petersburg.
  2. A portion of the Faraway Inn lay in ruin on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023, at Cedar Key in the wake of the landfall of Hurricane Idalia.
  3. Rescue workers with Tidewater Disaster Response wade through a tidal surge on SW 358 Hwy while looking for people in need of help where the Steinhatchee River remained out of its banks after the arrival of Hurricane Idalia on Florida's west coast at Taylor County in the Big Bend area, on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023.
  4. Daniel Dickert, 54, manages flood waters after checking in on his home in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia which made landfall in the Big Bend region of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 in Steinhatchee.
  5. New College of Florida graduating students attend the college’s “alternative commencement” Thursday in Sarasota.
  6. Second-grade student Oscar Guzman, left, of Clearwater, gets a ride through the new sensory playground with occupational therapist Huy Nguyn, while fourth-grader Diego Lopez, of Dunedin, rides with occupational therapist Abi Selva on Tuesday at Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates past Toronto Maple Leafs players as they celebrate the overtime, game winning goal by Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) in Game 3 Satuday.
  8. Rabbi Levi Hodakov, left, with Chabad of Clearwater, Shmaya Hanoch of Largo and Jim Stilwell of Largo move the Chabad's Torah ark into the former Bank of America branch building on Belleair Road on Thursday in Clearwater.
  9. East Lake High School wrestlers line up for the weigh-in before the start of matches on Saturday, Feb. 11, while attending the Pinellas County Athletic Conference wresting tournament.
  10. Fossil restorer Andrea Iurin of Trieste, Italy, left, hands a fossilized rib bone to fossil restorer Tomas Stark of Sezana, Slovenia, while working to assemble the fossilized remains of triceratops Big John at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa on Wednesday.
  11. Walter Evans enseña Shotokan, una forma tradicional de karate, y Sanuces Ryu jujitsu a estudiantes principiantes el lunes 9 de mayo de 2022 en el Centro Recreativo North Greenwood en Clearwater. Evans fundó la Escuela de Supervivencia Shihan en 2005 y ofrece programas que combaten el aumento de la obesidad juvenil, la diabetes, la violencia, el acoso escolar, las actividades de pandillas, el comportamiento delictivo, el suicidio, el uso de drogas y otros problemas sociales.
  12. Walter Evans teaches Shotokan, a traditional form of karate, and Sanuces Ryu jujitsu to beginner students on May 9 at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater. Evans founded the Shihan School of Survival in 2005 and offers programs that combat the increase of youth obesity, violence, suicide, drug use and other societal issues.
  13. Canadien customers Rita Syroteuk, 97, of Guelph, Ontario, left, and Gary Collins, 84, of London, Ontario, congratulate Chatterbox Family Restaurant owner Billy Drulias, 59, of Palm Harbor, on his pending retirement during the restaurant’s final day on Monday, Dec 12, 2022, in Dunedin.
  14. Rev. James Rousakis, with the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, distributes incense while blessing loaves of bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Michael's Shrine during the feast day celebration on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, in Tarpon Springs.
  15. Recently poured concrete forms the shape for the North Bluff Walk, in foreground, as seen from the third floor of the Clearwater Main Library on Monday, Nov 7, 2022, which will provide access to Imagine Clearwater’s new 4,000-seat covered bandshell, in background, at Coachman Park.
  16. Nov. 6, 2022• Bucs
  17. Friends dance to music while waiting out a rain delay after thunderstorms delayed the game between Zephyrhills and IMG Academy for over an hour on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 in Zephyrhills.