A look back at Tampa Bay in 2022 in photos

Tampa Bay Times photographers choose their favorite images.

Throughout the year, Tampa Bay Times photojournalists provide 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 Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in Tampa.
Parade participants dance during a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Town ‘N Country Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, 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 Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, 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 Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

Angelica Edwards

Karen Kistner, 69, of Largo, poses for a portrait at her home on Monday, July 25, 2022. 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 which may indicate presence of the disease.
Karen Kistner, 69, of Largo, poses for a portrait at her home on Monday, July 25, 2022. 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 which may indicate presence of the disease. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]
The funeral of Pinellas Deputy Michael Hartwick was held at the Idlewild Baptist Church on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Lutz. Hartwick died after being struck by a front loader while directing traffic away from road work on Sept. 22, 2022.
The funeral of Pinellas Deputy Michael Hartwick was held at the Idlewild Baptist Church on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Lutz. Hartwick died after being struck by a front loader while directing traffic away from road work on Sept. 22, 2022. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

Chris Urso

An unidentified Gulf High School student leaps to avoid a puddle in front of a bus during dismissal Friday, April 1, 2022 in New Port Richey. Pasco County Schools has told parents it will eliminate what it called "unfunded busing" to middle and high school students who live 2 miles or closer where safe walking conditions are available.
An unidentified Gulf High School student leaps to avoid a puddle in front of a bus during dismissal Friday, April 1, 2022 in New Port Richey. Pasco County Schools has told parents it will 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 ]
Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren takes a moment prior to a CNN interview Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 in Tallahassee. Warren has filed a federal suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who suspended Warren.
Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren takes a moment prior to a CNN interview Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 in Tallahassee. Warren has filed a federal suit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who suspended Warren. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Douglas R. Clifford

A mist of sand and saltwater washes over visitors to Mexico Beach at sunset on Friday, June 3, 2022, where damaged trees loom in the background after Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, 2018.
A mist of sand and saltwater washes over visitors to Mexico Beach at sunset on Friday, June 3, 2022, where damaged trees loom in the background after Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, 2018. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Anthony Prado, with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF2), ducks into a fractured section of a collapsed roof while searching for people on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022, on Fort Myers Beach, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Sept. 28, 2022.
Anthony Prado, with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF2), ducks into a fractured section of a collapsed roof while searching for people on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022, on Fort Myers Beach, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Sept. 28, 2022. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
A monarch butterfly collects nectar on Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022, on a section of the 209-acre area of land where home builder Taylor Morrison plans to build 194 homes in Keystone.
A monarch butterfly collects nectar on Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022, on a section of the 209-acre area of land where home builder Taylor Morrison plans to build 194 homes in Keystone. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Ivy Ceballo

Danielle Tallafuss, 35, poses for a portrait with a corduroy dinosaur she bought for Nathaniel in her bedroom on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. Danielle and her husband decided to terminate her pregnancy at 22 weeks after learning that Nathaniel would have been born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an underdevelopment of the left side of the heart, to protect their child from the toll his condition would take on his life. Danielle said she held onto the dinosaur when she had the abortion.
Danielle Tallafuss, 35, poses for a portrait with a corduroy dinosaur she bought for Nathaniel in her bedroom on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. Danielle and her husband decided to terminate her pregnancy at 22 weeks after learning that Nathaniel would have been born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an underdevelopment of the left side of the heart, to protect their child from the toll his condition would take on his life. Danielle said she held onto the dinosaur when she had the abortion. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Estella Vinson, 104, holds her “I voted” sticker after casting her ballot at the West Tampa Library in Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.
Estella Vinson, 104, holds her “I voted” sticker after casting her ballot at the West Tampa Library in Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

[ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Martha Asencio-Rhine

Christina Wood, 74, of Regency Heights in Clearwater, reacts moments before takeoff in a World War II biplane at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Her dream 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, 74, of Regency Heights in Clearwater, reacts moments before takeoff in a World War II biplane at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Her dream 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 Saturday, March 12, 2022 in St. Petersburg to protest the controversial, “Don't say gay" bill passed by Florida’s Republican-led legislature.
Marchers head toward the St. Pete Pier on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in St. Petersburg to protest the controversial, “Don’t say gay” bill passed by Florida’s Republican-led legislature. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Emily Rowley, 20, 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 does everyday things using her feet, since she was born without arms. This image was taken Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Bradenton.
Emily Rowley, 20, 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 does everyday things using her feet, since she was born without arms. This image was taken Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Bradenton. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

Dirk Shadd

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves to fans while walking off the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves to fans while walking off the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Isaac Himot, 20, from Colorado, gets his nose swabbed as June, his dog in the passenger seat, looks on during a COVID-19 test at the drive-through test site in the parking lot at Tropicana Field on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
Isaac Himot, 20, from Colorado, gets his nose swabbed as June, his dog in the passenger seat, looks on during a COVID-19 test at the drive-through test site in the parking lot at Tropicana Field on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Bruce Parkman, 60, covers his face while visiting the resting place for his son's ashes at Roses Church Memorial Garden on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 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, 60, covers his face while visiting the resting place for his son’s ashes at Roses Church Memorial Garden on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 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

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Tampa.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Aerial view of mobile homes piled together after being swept off their lots in late September by Hurricane Ian are seen on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach.
Aerial view of mobile homes piled together after being swept off their lots in late September by Hurricane Ian are seen on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]