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Monica Herndon - Photographer

Photographer

I did not come to Tampa with my sights set on sports photography, but I’ve come to love it. There are few better feelings than watching a touchdown pass come right into the end zone where you’re ready and waiting. I got my first taste of that adrenaline rush as a student journalist at the University of Miami. Since then I’ve photographed numerous Rays walkoffs, many Bucs losses, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, SEC and ACC Championships, Women’s Final Four, and even the College Football Playoff National Championship. When I’m not on the field I produce the WriteLane podcast, shoot daily stories, food reviews, and pretty much any other assignment.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay (9) waves to the fans as he heads off the field after kicking the game winning field goal in the final seconds as the Bucs win 13-12 beating the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
    The Buccaneers inched out a 13-12 win over the Cleveland Browns in their second home preseason game in Tampa. The Bucs will open the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 8.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers players including defensive end Noah Spence (57) take the field for the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Miami Dolphins for preseason action Friday at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers will face the Cleveland Browns on August 23 and open the regular season against...
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers players including defensive end Noah Spence (57) take the field for the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
  4. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Pulse survivor Orlando Torres, posed for a portrait on June 10, 2019 at the Pulse Interim Memorial, in Orlando, Florida. On June 12, 2016, 49 people died in a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub. Torres survived by hiding in the bathroom.
    Concerns over survivors, mental health funding tug at community. This year, the pain will feel ‘different.'
  5. Florida State Seminoles wide receiver D.J. Matthews (29) runs on the punt return during the second quarter of the game. (Monica Herndon, Times)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) walks back onto the field after a timeout against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter. (Monica Herndon, Times)
  7. MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFlorida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) carries,and gets stopped by Kentucky Wildcats safety Davonte Robinson (9) during the fourth quarter of the game on September 8, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The Florida Gators lost 16 to 27.
  8. Bill McMacken, 73, places figurines on the West Pasco Model Railroad Association's modular train layout as the club sets it up for the 19th Model Train Show and Sale at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on June 1. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  9. Edith Traina, 97, deadlifts, while Carmen Gutwirth spots her, at the Polk County Senior Games. Traina is one of a group of senior women who train every week and compete several times each year. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  10. Gus Muench navigates his boat down the Little Manatee River while out pulling blue crab traps on a January morning. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]