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.

A look back at Florida in 2022 in photos

Tampa Bay Times photographers choose their favorite images.
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. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Tampa Bay Times photographers choose their favorite images.
Published Dec. 26, 2022|Updated Dec. 27, 2022

Throughout the year, Tampa Bay Times photojournalists provided ample thought-provoking visual coverage from news to sports to features, covering the region and beyond.

Our work in 2022 helped visualize the hundreds of stories vital to our readers with a focus on transparency, quality and rich storytelling.

Here’s a look at some of our most memorable photos of the year.

Jefferee Woo

Parade participants dance during a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Town 'N Country Senior Center on Oct. 14 in Tampa.
Parade participants dance during a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Town 'N Country Senior Center on Oct. 14 in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
From left to right, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic founder and president Sir Richard Branson and TPA CEO Joe Lopano take in the festivities at Tampa International Airport on Nov. 2 in Tampa.
From left to right, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic founder and president Sir Richard Branson and TPA CEO Joe Lopano take in the festivities at Tampa International Airport on Nov. 2 in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

Angelica Edwards

Karen Kistner, 69, at her home in Largo on July 25. Kistner’s father died of Alzheimer’s when he was 75, prompting her to sign up for an Alzheimer’s drug trial based in Tampa. She tested negative for the biomarker that may indicate presence of the disease.
Karen Kistner, 69, at her home in Largo on July 25. Kistner’s father died of Alzheimer’s when he was 75, prompting her to sign up for an Alzheimer’s drug trial based in Tampa. She tested negative for the biomarker that may indicate presence of the disease. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
The funeral of Pinellas Deputy Michael Hartwick was held at the Idlewild Baptist Church on Oct. 3 in Lutz. Hartwick died after being struck by a front loader while directing traffic away from road work on Sept. 22.
The funeral of Pinellas Deputy Michael Hartwick was held at the Idlewild Baptist Church on Oct. 3 in Lutz. Hartwick died after being struck by a front loader while directing traffic away from road work on Sept. 22. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

Chris Urso

A Gulf High School student leaps to avoid a puddle in front of a bus during dismissal on April 1 in New Port Richey. Pasco school district told parents it would eliminate what it called "unfunded busing" to middle and high school students who live 2 miles or closer where safe walking conditions are available.
A Gulf High School student leaps to avoid a puddle in front of a bus during dismissal on April 1 in New Port Richey. Pasco school district told parents it would eliminate what it called "unfunded busing" to middle and high school students who live 2 miles or closer where safe walking conditions are available. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren takes a moment before a CNN interview on Aug. 17 in Tallahassee. Warren has filed a federal suit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, who suspended him.
Ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren takes a moment before a CNN interview on Aug. 17 in Tallahassee. Warren has filed a federal suit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, who suspended him. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Douglas R. Clifford

A mist of sand and saltwater washes over visitors to Mexico Beach at sunset on June 3. Damaged trees loom in the background from when Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach in 2018.
A mist of sand and saltwater washes over visitors to Mexico Beach at sunset on June 3. Damaged trees loom in the background from when Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach in 2018. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Anthony Prado with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team ducks into a fractured section of a collapsed roof while searching for people on Oct. 5 on Fort Myers Beach, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28.
Anthony Prado with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team ducks into a fractured section of a collapsed roof while searching for people on Oct. 5 on Fort Myers Beach, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
A monarch butterfly collects nectar on March 1 on a section of the 209-acre area of land where home builder Taylor Morrison planned to build 194 homes in Keystone.
A monarch butterfly collects nectar on March 1 on a section of the 209-acre area of land where home builder Taylor Morrison planned to build 194 homes in Keystone. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Ivy Ceballo

Danielle Tallafuss and her husband decided to terminate her pregnancy at 22 weeks after learning that their baby, Nathaniel, would have been born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an underdevelopment of the left side of the heart. They wanted to protect their child from the toll his condition would take on his life. Danielle says she held onto this toy dinosaur while she had the abortion.
Danielle Tallafuss and her husband decided to terminate her pregnancy at 22 weeks after learning that their baby, Nathaniel, would have been born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an underdevelopment of the left side of the heart. They wanted to protect their child from the toll his condition would take on his life. Danielle says she held onto this toy dinosaur while she had the abortion. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Estella Vinson, 104, holds her “I voted” sticker after casting her ballot at the West Tampa Library on Nov. 2.
Estella Vinson, 104, holds her “I voted” sticker after casting her ballot at the West Tampa Library on Nov. 2. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Martha Asencio-Rhine

Christina Wood of Regency Heights in Clearwater cheers moments before takeoff in a World War II biplane at Albert Whitted Airport on June 3 in St. Petersburg. The flight was made possible through My Jump!, an organization that helps seniors fulfill bucket-list items. Wood was given six months to live after she was diagnosed with triple negative inflammatory breast cancer.
Christina Wood of Regency Heights in Clearwater cheers moments before takeoff in a World War II biplane at Albert Whitted Airport on June 3 in St. Petersburg. The flight was made possible through My Jump!, an organization that helps seniors fulfill bucket-list items. Wood was given six months to live after she was diagnosed with triple negative inflammatory breast cancer. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Marchers head toward the St. Pete Pier on March 12 to protest a controversial bill, called the "don't say gay" bill by critics and the "parental rights in education" bill by supporters, that was passed by Florida’s Republican-led legislature.
Marchers head toward the St. Pete Pier on March 12 to protest a controversial bill, called the "don't say gay" bill by critics and the "parental rights in education" bill by supporters, that was passed by Florida’s Republican-led legislature. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Emily Rowley steers with her foot as she drives to the store. Rowley has more than 100,000 followers across TikTok and Instagram, where she shares how she completes everyday tasks using her feet, since she was born without arms.
Emily Rowley steers with her foot as she drives to the store. Rowley has more than 100,000 followers across TikTok and Instagram, where she shares how she completes everyday tasks using her feet, since she was born without arms. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Dirk Shadd

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady waves to fans as he walks off the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 on Jan. 16 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady waves to fans as he walks off the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 on Jan. 16 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Isaac Himot of Colorado gets his nose swabbed as his dog, June, looks on during a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru test site at Tropicana Field on Feb. 7.
Isaac Himot of Colorado gets his nose swabbed as his dog, June, looks on during a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru test site at Tropicana Field on Feb. 7. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Bruce Parkman visits the resting place of his son's ashes at Roses Church Memorial Garden in Anna Maria. Mac Parkman was only 17 when he took his own life in 2020. An avid high school wrestler and football defensive lineman, Mac's brain resembled an NFL lineman’s. Repeated concussions at a young age had likely triggered brain damage that manifested itself as mental illness, a condition known as CTE.
Bruce Parkman visits the resting place of his son's ashes at Roses Church Memorial Garden in Anna Maria. Mac Parkman was only 17 when he took his own life in 2020. An avid high school wrestler and football defensive lineman, Mac's brain resembled an NFL lineman’s. Repeated concussions at a young age had likely triggered brain damage that manifested itself as mental illness, a condition known as CTE. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Luis Santana

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Nov. 8.
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Nov. 8. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
An aerial view of mobile homes in Fort Myers Beach piled together after being swept off their lots in late September by Hurricane Ian.
An aerial view of mobile homes in Fort Myers Beach piled together after being swept off their lots in late September by Hurricane Ian. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]