Saturday is is World Photography Day, an annual celebration of the artistry and history of photography. The medium has come a long way since its invention in the early 19th century, with millions of images shared daily to social media alone.
Tampa Bay Times photographers take many photos every year with the mission to visually document the people and places of Tampa Bay and share their diverse stories.
A lot of skill, planning and care goes into every assignment. Our photographs are never manipulated beyond light toning.
Take a look below at some of the most memorable photos so far this year.
Taylor Swift performs during the first of her three sold-out Tampa shows on the Eras tour, at Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, April 13, 2023 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ] A cat named Colby rests in the tall grass as the sun sets over Tampa Bay at the SunShine Skyway south fishing pier on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in Manatee County. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ] Read: Meet the Skyway cats and the volunteers who care for them B.T. Washington Elementary School student Zoey McCray, 6, gets a close look at Big John, the world’s largest documented fossilized triceratops skeleton, through a bubble dome at the Big John exhibit on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ] Electronic music fans dance in front of the main stage during the Sunset Music Festival on Saturday, May 27, 2023 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ] Genesies Rivera (left) and Yuki Shao (right) dance together on Friday, July 21, 2023 at The Lady's Room bar in Largo. Despite never being to the bar before, Shao was thankful for the space and said she never would’ve felt comfortable enough to get on stage and learn at a typical bar. The Lady's Room is the only remaining lesbian bar in Florida. [ CHLOE TROFATTER | Times ] Read: The only lesbian bar in Florida: How The Lady’s Room in Largo hangs on American White Pelicans, which migrate south in the winter months from as far north as Canada, are pictured at Crescent Lake Park, where a small number come every year, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ] Travis Powell, 41, an Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA), performs on stage during the first set titled “1971 Turquoise Concho” a recreating one of Elvis' full concerts from 1971 in Vegas as part of the “Elvis - The Impossible Dream” show at the Elvis Summer Show in the Citrus County Fairground Auditorium , on Thursday, June 22, 2023 in Inverness. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ] Bastille performs on stage at Amalie Arena on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ] Planning your weekend?
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Let’s get started. Explore all your options Latoria Ricketts, 25, displays her Barbie details at Auto Barbie Orlando, Florida’s first all pink car show, on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Dezerland. She drove her 2021 Dodge Charger six hours from Atlanta for the show. [ CHLOE TROFATTER | Times ] The new "Black History Matters" mural painted on the street in front of The Woodson African American Museum on Monday, June 19, 2023 in St. Petersburg. The mural is a reimagining of the previous, "Black Lives Matter" mural that was completed in 2020. The Woodson museum partnered with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to repaint the mural with this new message and unveiled it during the museum’s Juneteenth celebration. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ] Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Jose Siri (22) reacts after stealing home to score a run in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
[ IVY CEBALLO | Times ] The Cure’s Robert Smith performs Thursday, June 29, 2023 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ] Roberta “Bert” Chutney, of Tampa, center, holds up her cellphone as The Cure performs Thursday, June 29, 2023 in Tampa. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ] Iris Serrano dances while celebrating her 100th Birthday with family and friends at the Senior Center on Thursday, March 9, 2023 in Brandon. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ] Fallon Moore, 41, of Jacksonville, poses for a portrait upon arriving for Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour stop at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.
[ IVY CEBALLO | Times ] Read: Beyonce in Tampa: See Florida’s outfits for the Renaissance World Tour The sun sets over the Crystal Beach pier on Friday, June 30, 2023, in Palm Harbor. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ] Chloe Grimes, of Clearwater, pitches during a game against Madeira Beach at Fossil Park on Friday, April 28, 2023, in St. Petersburg. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ] Read: First, Chloe Grimes stole Brett Phillips’ heart. Now, she steals bases.