Cam Parker, from Tampa, the local artist who painted the letter A in the Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum on 2240 9th Ave S., in St. Pete on Monday, July 6.

The best photos of 2020 from Tampa Bay Times photographers

Our team of visual journalists pick their most memorable pictures of the year.
Cam Parker, from Tampa, the local artist who painted the letter A in the Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum on 2240 9th Ave S., in St. Pete on Monday, July 6. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Our team of visual journalists pick their most memorable pictures of the year.
Published Dec. 30, 2020

During a historic year in our backyard, the nation and the world, the photographers of the Tampa Bay Times woke up each day, placed camera straps over their shoulders, grabbed their face masks and went out into what felt like a more dangerous world, never losing sight of the mission to document this moment in time.

These images were chosen by each of our photographers. Some picked favorites, others went with pictures that were memorable or impactful. Some wrote something about each photo, while others summed up their year as a visual journalist in a paragraph. Either way, you’ll find a collection of imagery that we are proud to share with you.

Carolyn Fox, senior deputy editor, engagement, sports & culture

Martha Asencio-Rhine:

A man leans over the mandala while taking a photo of the altar, before the start of the dissolution ceremony of a sacred sand mandala during the Sacred Arts Tour of Tibetan Monks at Florida CraftArt on Sunday, Jan. 12 in St. Petersburg.
A man leans over the mandala while taking a photo of the altar, before the start of the dissolution ceremony of a sacred sand mandala during the Sacred Arts Tour of Tibetan Monks at Florida CraftArt on Sunday, Jan. 12 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

I had spent the week covering the monks’ creation of the sacred sand mandala — from the opening ceremony, through the labor-intensive days of laying down colored sand bit-by-bit and finally to the dissolution ceremony. People stopped by every day, some sitting quietly, others curiously looking through the windows. On the day it was finished, I made this picture of a man as he took photos of the altar, leaning over the mandala, his bag swinging on his shoulder. What you can’t see are all the people outside the window behind me gasping in unison and waving their arms. He never noticed.

Caleb Georges plays the viola while performing with the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra from Detroit, Feb. 20, at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum in St. Petersburg.
Caleb Georges plays the viola while performing with the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra from Detroit, Feb. 20, at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Sphinx Virtuosi is an orchestra made up of Black and Latinx musicians. During their performance for visiting school children at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, I found it appropriate that large portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Mary McLeod Bethune and Malcom X were present and in the background.

Robert Crandall and Elise Crosby, both 35, get married at their kitchen table inside their Largo home, March 17. The couple had to cancel their wedding, planned for March 27 at Largo Central Park, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Robert Crandall and Elise Crosby, both 35, get married at their kitchen table inside their Largo home, March 17. The couple had to cancel their wedding, planned for March 27 at Largo Central Park, because of the coronavirus pandemic. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, I was terrified to go indoors while on assignment. There was still so much uncertainty. This couple had to cancel their entire wedding, even the cake. They opted for exchanging vows across their kitchen table with their daughter, their officiant and me as the only witnesses. In spite of my misgivings and fears, I was happy to capture this tender moment.

Pinellas Secondary principal Darren Hammond holds gifts from well-wishers during a surprise caravan in light of his upcoming retirement after 37 years working with Pinellas County Schools, on Thursday, May 21.
Pinellas Secondary principal Darren Hammond holds gifts from well-wishers during a surprise caravan in light of his upcoming retirement after 37 years working with Pinellas County Schools, on Thursday, May 21. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

This retiring principal is so happy and surprised. A big caravan of people drove by, honking their horns and shouting their congratulations out the window. For me, I love the text running across the frame, the way he’s framed by the house, his pose, holding presents in both hands, and the gorgeous light on his face.

On Sunday, May 31, a group of young girls raise their fists in support as hundreds of people walk by their Tampa home during a second day of protests that were part nationwide demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in custody of Minneapolis Police.
On Sunday, May 31, a group of young girls raise their fists in support as hundreds of people walk by their Tampa home during a second day of protests that were part nationwide demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in custody of Minneapolis Police. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

This summer I covered a lot of protests and shot many pictures that show the emotions of the social justice movement. I believe this one is hopeful – four little girls, fists in the air and a T-shirt that espouses girl power.

John Pendygraft:

In a year that tested us all, my favorite pictures focused on small, specific moments of humanity, perspective and comfort.

Maria Espinosa poses with corn grown in a small milpa outside her trailer home in Plant City, Tuesday, June 9.
Maria Espinosa poses with corn grown in a small milpa outside her trailer home in Plant City, Tuesday, June 9. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

I like this photo because it shows dignity and pride in a form of gardening that goes back thousands of years.

Alexander McGreevy, 44, of St. Petersburg, celebrates with Biden supporters at the intersection of Tyrone Blvd N and Park St N, Saturday, Nov. 7, shortly after the 2020 presidential election was called for President-elect Joe Biden.
Alexander McGreevy, 44, of St. Petersburg, celebrates with Biden supporters at the intersection of Tyrone Blvd N and Park St N, Saturday, Nov. 7, shortly after the 2020 presidential election was called for President-elect Joe Biden. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

I chose this one because it captures local energy on a historic day.

The photographer's daughter, Isadora Pendygraft, climbing a palm tree to pull down a kite ribbon at the new St. Pete Pier, Sunday, Aug. 2.
The photographer's daughter, Isadora Pendygraft, climbing a palm tree to pull down a kite ribbon at the new St. Pete Pier, Sunday, Aug. 2. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

This is my daughter climbing a palm tree. It was a joy to watch her be brave, playful and strong in a year that challenged her, and our family.

St. Petersburg protest leader Terron Gland kisses a boo-boo on the knee of his goddaughter, Ava Maria Gland, 2, just before heading to a march, Sunday, June 14.
St. Petersburg protest leader Terron Gland kisses a boo-boo on the knee of his goddaughter, Ava Maria Gland, 2, just before heading to a march, Sunday, June 14. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

I like this picture because it is a reminder to me that while a year is defined by its major events, it should also be defined by daily, quiet, universally human moments.

Raymond Whitehurst, 93, and Vivian Whitehurst, 92, were married September 14, 1947. In all those years "we never miss a bedtime kiss, most of the time it's two or three," Raymond said. 

Just before Christmas last year, Raymond was hospitalized. Vivian bought a stuffed animal at Walgreens (pictured). 

"I didn't want to be by myself. He filled up his side of the bed," Vivian explained.

The couple is pictured in their Sun City home on Monday, February 10.
Raymond Whitehurst, 93, and Vivian Whitehurst, 92, were married September 14, 1947. In all those years "we never miss a bedtime kiss, most of the time it's two or three," Raymond said. Just before Christmas last year, Raymond was hospitalized. Vivian bought a stuffed animal at Walgreens (pictured). "I didn't want to be by myself. He filled up his side of the bed," Vivian explained. The couple is pictured in their Sun City home on Monday, February 10. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

This picture was an unscripted moment during a portrait session that made me feel how wonderful it must have been to share that many years of love.

Luis Santana:

From adapting to covering stories during a pandemic to walking miles loaded with gear following protesters, the photography team stepped out of our comfort zones in 2020 and documented to the best of our ability.

Police officers guard the front of University Mall as hundreds of protesters surround the officers, Saturday, May 30 in Tampa.
Police officers guard the front of University Mall as hundreds of protesters surround the officers, Saturday, May 30 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Police in tactical gear lined up to defend and prevent entry to the University Mall — a moment I never thought I’d see in Tampa.

Bayshore Blvd in Tampa fills with protesters, Saturday, June 13.
Bayshore Blvd in Tampa fills with protesters, Saturday, June 13. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Black Lives Matter activists and supporters marched for several hours along Bayshore Blvd and throughout South Tampa protesting racism and police brutality after the killing of George Floyd. I knew the best way to capture this moment was from above, so I launched the drone and captured a portion of the thousands-deep march.

Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov hugs the Stanley Cup during a celebration for the championship team at Raymond James Stadium, Sept. 30.
Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov hugs the Stanley Cup during a celebration for the championship team at Raymond James Stadium, Sept. 30. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

The Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov hugging the Stanley Cup is the hug we all needed in 2020.

Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during the boat parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup, Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during the boat parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup, Wednesday, Sept. 30. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

An amazing sight to see from above as thousands of Tampa Bay Lightning fans lined the Tampa Riverwalk during a Stanley Cup boat parade that I knew I needed to capture from up high.

Scott Dixon kisses his wife Emma Dixon after winning the IndyCar championship during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Scott Dixon kisses his wife Emma Dixon after winning the IndyCar championship during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

As a photographer who has covered the St. Petersburg Grand Prix since the first race, this image was memorable for me. After being abruptly canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race returned to end its season in October. In this photo, IndyCar driver Scott Dixon kisses his wife Emma Dixon after winning the IndyCar Championship, while both wearing face masks. You can see the surrounding photographers also wearing masks. A bizarre, yet happy scene that will stand out in my memories of a crazy 2020.

Boyzell Hosey, deputy editor of photography:

A  pelican soars over Tampa Bay moments after sunrise near Bay Vista Park on Wednesday, March 25.
A pelican soars over Tampa Bay moments after sunrise near Bay Vista Park on Wednesday, March 25. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

This image was captured around the start of the coronavirus shutdown. My wife and I visited Bay Vista Park in St. Petersburg to catch a sunrise. As part of photographing from a safe distance, I had begun to carry around a 300mm f.2.8 telephoto lens. I told my wife that I felt like shooting a bird photo – something I had not done in quite some time. When we walked to the end of the covered small pier, I noticed how amazing the light was from the ascending sunrise. I knew in my mind that if a bird would fly just high enough in the composed view I had, it would be a special frame. When I saw a group of pelicans fluttering about and finding altitude, I just laid on the camera, hoping that I’d come close to a frame that I had imagined. After it ran, I heard from people that this image symbolized hope during uncertain times.

The St. Petersburg pier shot on Sunday, June 28 at the South Yacht Basin near Albert Whitted Airport.
The St. Petersburg pier shot on Sunday, June 28 at the South Yacht Basin near Albert Whitted Airport. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

As the new St. Petersburg Pier started to take shape, I took a keen interested in capturing the quintessential night view. I shot from Albert Whitted Park on three consecutive nights until I felt I had it right.

“Bending Arc,” the signature sculpture of the new St. Petersburg Pier, is seen lit up on Tuesday, June 30.
“Bending Arc,” the signature sculpture of the new St. Petersburg Pier, is seen lit up on Tuesday, June 30. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | AP ]

A colleague who covers the local art scene told me when lighting tests would be performed on the new Janet Echelman sculpture. At first I was content with shooting it from North Straub Park, but I ventured onto the Pier property and found this more up close and intimate view.

Peaceful demonstrators led by Terron Gland, 31, gather at the St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters on Monday, June 1.
Peaceful demonstrators led by Terron Gland, 31, gather at the St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters on Monday, June 1. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

I don’t cover breaking news as often as my staff, but the Black Lives Matter protests were an exception as the movement was almost nonstop. I said a few choice words to myself when I got caught in a huge downpour of rain while on assignment. I had parked my car several blocks away and the protestors were marching in the rain. I stopped at a taco eatery and acquired some plastic bags to put over my camera gear while I sprinted (rather, limped) to my car. Soaking wet, I drove to get a closer view of the protestors and was able to get off a few frames by lowering and raising my car window.

Bethel Community Baptist Church member Constance Hills, wearing a protective face mask and rubber gloves raises her hand in praise during a drive-in church service held on Easter Morning, April 12, on the church's property.
Bethel Community Baptist Church member Constance Hills, wearing a protective face mask and rubber gloves raises her hand in praise during a drive-in church service held on Easter Morning, April 12, on the church's property. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

On Easter, when I saw familiar parishioners at my church worshiping with gloves and masks, I knew I had to document the historic moment.

Scott Keeler:

Eric Rodriguez, co-owner of Disinfectant Firm, Tampa, disinfects a map of Florida using Proxitane AHC at The Galley tavern, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, June 24. Several employees at the business tested positive for COVID-19 in early June, according to co-owner Pete Boland. None were hospitalized.
Eric Rodriguez, co-owner of Disinfectant Firm, Tampa, disinfects a map of Florida using Proxitane AHC at The Galley tavern, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, June 24. Several employees at the business tested positive for COVID-19 in early June, according to co-owner Pete Boland. None were hospitalized. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

My favorite image this year was a matter of good timing. I was assigned to photograph a bar in downtown St. Petersburg that was being disinfected before reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. As I walked in, I noticed a map of Florida on the back wall and a technician, dressed in a white protective suit, getting ready to fog the mural. Eureka! I had my photograph! The photo ran in the Times and was picked up by the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal as infections increased in the state.

Teachers from Pinellas County joined the public school education rally, "Take On Tallahassee," which was organized by the Florida Education Association in a call for improved support from state lawmakers of public education. The rally was held in Tallahassee, Monday, Jan. 13. 

Left to right: Annette Wylie, 56, special education teacher, Pinellas Central Elementary School; Debby Farias, 52, compliance education worker, Pinellas County Schools; Stephanie Horneman, 39, special education teacher, New Heights Elementary School and Horneman's daughter, Annika Gudorf, 8.
Teachers from Pinellas County joined the public school education rally, "Take On Tallahassee," which was organized by the Florida Education Association in a call for improved support from state lawmakers of public education. The rally was held in Tallahassee, Monday, Jan. 13. Left to right: Annette Wylie, 56, special education teacher, Pinellas Central Elementary School; Debby Farias, 52, compliance education worker, Pinellas County Schools; Stephanie Horneman, 39, special education teacher, New Heights Elementary School and Horneman's daughter, Annika Gudorf, 8. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Lightning cracks over St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena early Monday morning, Sept. 7.
Lightning cracks over St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena early Monday morning, Sept. 7. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

Another favorite is lightning streaking across the sky above St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena. I love the drama of Florida nature.

Alex Sandoval, 16, a junior at Deland High School and president of the the school's Future Farmers of America chapter, spends time with her Blue Butt and Hampshire cross male hog, "Hotch," and several other hogs during the first day of the 116th annual Florida State Fair, Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Florida State Fair Grounds, Tampa. Sandoval has been raising "Hotch," who weighs 268 pounds, for several months. 

"I'm going to cry when he gets slaughtered," said Sandoval. It's the second hog she has raised.
Alex Sandoval, 16, a junior at Deland High School and president of the the school's Future Farmers of America chapter, spends time with her Blue Butt and Hampshire cross male hog, "Hotch," and several other hogs during the first day of the 116th annual Florida State Fair, Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Florida State Fair Grounds, Tampa. Sandoval has been raising "Hotch," who weighs 268 pounds, for several months. "I'm going to cry when he gets slaughtered," said Sandoval. It's the second hog she has raised. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
The Splash Pad, part of the new 26-acre St. Petersburg Pier District, lights up against clouds lit by the sunset over Tampa Bay, Monday, July 6.
The Splash Pad, part of the new 26-acre St. Petersburg Pier District, lights up against clouds lit by the sunset over Tampa Bay, Monday, July 6. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

Dirk Shadd:

Documenting our community during a pandemic has been frightening, intense, challenging and, quite frankly, hard. The following images stuck with me in a year where bright spots were harder to come by. From photographing the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement to the contagious intensity of Tom Brady to the thrill of following the Rays to the World Series to seeing Lightning players hoist the Stanley Cup once again, being along for the journey was great. Witnessing all that our community has gone through this year has made me grateful to be able to share such important moments with our readers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, right, is followed by center Ryan Jensen as Brady argues for a pass interference call during the final second of the second quarter, Sunday, Sept. 13, in New Orleans.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, right, is followed by center Ryan Jensen as Brady argues for a pass interference call during the final second of the second quarter, Sunday, Sept. 13, in New Orleans. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier chases right fielder Brett Phillips as they celebrate Phillips walk-off single for the the 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, in Arlington, Texas.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier chases right fielder Brett Phillips as they celebrate Phillips walk-off single for the the 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, in Arlington, Texas. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
The Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Victor Hedman spray champagne and celebrate with the Stanley Cup during the boat parade, Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Victor Hedman spray champagne and celebrate with the Stanley Cup during the boat parade, Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Protestors lie on the ground and chant, "I can't breathe." Protesters marched along Central Avenue and blocked traffic at the intersection of 34th Street Wednesday, June 3,  in St. Petersburg.
Protestors lie on the ground and chant, "I can't breathe." Protesters marched along Central Avenue and blocked traffic at the intersection of 34th Street Wednesday, June 3, in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Douglas Clifford:

These pictures were made after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. They show that despite the virus, people still believe in their hopes and dreams. They show we are not broken and that we simply need each other to survive. More than anything else, the pictures show the persistence of the human spirit.

Mychael Latimer Jr., 3, stands in the intersection of N 22nd Street at East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where the road remained closed as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality on Sunday, May 31, in Tampa.
Mychael Latimer Jr., 3, stands in the intersection of N 22nd Street at East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where the road remained closed as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality on Sunday, May 31, in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Grace Falleur, 14, right, gives a ride to her sister, Jensen Falleur, 10, center, with brother Ean Falleur, 8, left, in pursuit at their home in Land O’ Lakes, Nov. 10. Grace and her siblings have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Grace Falleur, 14, right, gives a ride to her sister, Jensen Falleur, 10, center, with brother Ean Falleur, 8, left, in pursuit at their home in Land O’ Lakes, Nov. 10. Grace and her siblings have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady share a hug at the conclusion of the fourth quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Packers 38-10.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady share a hug at the conclusion of the fourth quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs beat the Packers 38-10. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
First-time voter Javontae Collins, 21, of Clearwater, prepares to cast his ballot in support of Joe Biden at Precinct #516 in the North Greenwood Recreation Complex in Clearwater on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
First-time voter Javontae Collins, 21, of Clearwater, prepares to cast his ballot in support of Joe Biden at Precinct #516 in the North Greenwood Recreation Complex in Clearwater on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Fog lifts at sunrise over a pumpkin patch on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Hope United Methodist Church in New Port Richey.
Fog lifts at sunrise over a pumpkin patch on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Hope United Methodist Church in New Port Richey. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Chris Urso, assistant photography editor:

This year’s “dumpster fire” has yielded some amazing photography by our staff. As a photo editor, I coordinate daily visual coverage, but I do get out every once in a while to stretch my photojournalism legs. I am hoping, along with the rest of the world, that we can put the coronavirus pandemic behind us in 2021 and look forward to getting back to together with friends and family. Here are some of my favorite images from the past year.

Naila Alan, 37, of Tampa sits with her dog, Savannah, at the end of a pier at Davis Islands Wednesday, March 18, in Tampa. Alan was supposed to take a 12-day vacation to Turkey but had to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic. She stayed home instead.
Naila Alan, 37, of Tampa sits with her dog, Savannah, at the end of a pier at Davis Islands Wednesday, March 18, in Tampa. Alan was supposed to take a 12-day vacation to Turkey but had to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic. She stayed home instead. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady runs across the field Tuesday, May 19, at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. Brady and other Bucs players were seen working out at the school before the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady runs across the field Tuesday, May 19, at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. Brady and other Bucs players were seen working out at the school before the season. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Employees of St. Mark Village wait for Sunstar employees to transport residents of St. Mark Village nursing home Monday, April 20, in Palm Harbor.
Employees of St. Mark Village wait for Sunstar employees to transport residents of St. Mark Village nursing home Monday, April 20, in Palm Harbor. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames, right, leaps to congratulate right fielder Hunter Renfroe, left, after Renfroe hit a grand slam in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames, right, leaps to congratulate right fielder Hunter Renfroe, left, after Renfroe hit a grand slam in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Tropicana Field. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
A great blue heron is seen in a wetland area near Ruth Eckerd Hall, Thursday, June 18, in Clearwater.
A great blue heron is seen in a wetland area near Ruth Eckerd Hall, Thursday, June 18, in Clearwater. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Ivy Ceballo:

In hindsight, 2020 doesn’t seem real. We lived through so much together, including grief and exhaustion. The moments we saw this year showed me that, although our experiences and opinions differ from one another, we will always have this year in common. We yearned for simple things we had taken for granted, raised our voices for the values we believed in and were still, in many ways, united although seemingly apart.

Police spray peaceful protesters and begin to use force to detain some during a protest on N Dale Mabry on Saturday, July 4, in Tampa.
Police spray peaceful protesters and begin to use force to detain some during a protest on N Dale Mabry on Saturday, July 4, in Tampa. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Kelsey Louie, Dima Smith, Ainsley Keaveny and Marabelle Coggins, front to back, practice ballet during a social distanced summer class at Patel Conservatory in Tampa on Wednesday, July 8.
Kelsey Louie, Dima Smith, Ainsley Keaveny and Marabelle Coggins, front to back, practice ballet during a social distanced summer class at Patel Conservatory in Tampa on Wednesday, July 8. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Hillel Academy staff help children arrive for the first day of the school year in Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 12. 

The school faculty planned a “Wizard of Oz” themed welcome to ease students into the new precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students were asked to apply hand sanitizer before entering the school.
Hillel Academy staff help children arrive for the first day of the school year in Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The school faculty planned a “Wizard of Oz” themed welcome to ease students into the new precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students were asked to apply hand sanitizer before entering the school. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Deborah Thompson waits for patients at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation at the Mahaffey Theater parking garage in downtown St. Petersburg, Saturday, Aug. 1.
Deborah Thompson waits for patients at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation at the Mahaffey Theater parking garage in downtown St. Petersburg, Saturday, Aug. 1. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Erin Dorsey, 23, embraces her girlfriend Sadie Appleton, 22, at a celebration for the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris outside Casa Biden in Tampa on Sat., Nov. 7.
Erin Dorsey, 23, embraces her girlfriend Sadie Appleton, 22, at a celebration for the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris outside Casa Biden in Tampa on Sat., Nov. 7. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]