The Tampa Bay Instagram accounts you should follow

Instagram is the perfect platform to connect with your city's movers and shakers. These are the people bringing great art, music, sports, parties and food to your hometown. And let's not forget about the writers and photographers documenting it all — and we don't just mean us (but mostly, we mean us). Following these folks will ensure you never miss another great party, meal, or show in Tampa again.

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Carlton Ward Jr. (@carltonward)
Do  you like Florida wildlife photos? You should follow Carlton Ward Jr. He's doing a lot to protect Florida's wildlife. Check out his Florida Wildlife Corridor project @fl_wildcorridor, and you'll see what we mean.
Photo via Carlton Ward Jr.

Carlton Ward Jr. (@carltonward)

Do you like Florida wildlife photos? You should follow Carlton Ward Jr. He's doing a lot to protect Florida's wildlife. Check out his Florida Wildlife Corridor project @fl_wildcorridor, and you'll see what we mean.
Photo via Carlton Ward Jr.
Fringe Art Show (@fringeartshow)
Remember when we told you about all those cool art shows Fringe Creatives are putting up in breweries around town? The best way to find out when and where these shows are happening is to follow their Instagram feed. 
Photo via Fringe Art Show

Fringe Art Show (@fringeartshow)

Remember when we told you about all those cool art shows Fringe Creatives are putting up in breweries around town? The best way to find out when and where these shows are happening is to follow their Instagram feed.
Photo via Fringe Art Show
Selina Román (@selinaroman)
Tampa photographer Selina Román does a great job of capturing Florida, especially its seedy side. 
Photo via Selina Román

Selina Román (@selinaroman)

Tampa photographer Selina Román does a great job of capturing Florida, especially its seedy side.
Photo via Selina Román
Fountain of Pythons (@fountainofpythons)
This Tampa-based photography collective is always churning out interesting work. 
And yeah, things are about to get weird. Just go with it.
Photo via Selina Román

Fountain of Pythons (@fountainofpythons)

This Tampa-based photography collective is always churning out interesting work. And yeah, things are about to get weird. Just go with it.
Photo via Selina Román
Matthew McGee (@thematthewmcgee)
Matthew McGee repeatedly gets voted Best Drag Performer in our annual Best of the Bay awards. We love him. 
Photo via The Matthew McGee

Matthew McGee (@thematthewmcgee)

Matthew McGee repeatedly gets voted Best Drag Performer in our annual Best of the Bay awards. We love him.
Photo via The Matthew McGee
Chef Tony (@tonydecuisine)
Thai Prime's Chef Tony has elevated food to an art form. He's one of the best food stylists we've ever seen, and he's sharing pics of his fabulous sushi creations on Instagram.
Photo via Chef Tony

Chef Tony (@tonydecuisine)

Thai Prime's Chef Tony has elevated food to an art form. He's one of the best food stylists we've ever seen, and he's sharing pics of his fabulous sushi creations on Instagram.
Photo via Chef Tony
Cam Parker (@painkillercam)
Tampa muralist Cam Parker is always out painting the town, meeting famous people, and painting them too. Just this year, he painted a kick ass mural of Dr. BBQ on the side of Ray Lampe’s (Dr. BBQ) new restaurant in St. Pete’s EDGE district; met Leslie Jones (and painted her portrait) before her appearance at Tampa Improv; and presented Janelle Monae with one of his, now-famous, musician portraits when she came to Jannus Live. He’s documented all of this and more on Instagram in fun, artistic self-portraits with friends, celebrities, and his latest artwork. 
Photo via Cam Parker

Cam Parker (@painkillercam)

Tampa muralist Cam Parker is always out painting the town, meeting famous people, and painting them too. Just this year, he painted a kick ass mural of Dr. BBQ on the side of Ray Lampe’s (Dr. BBQ) new restaurant in St. Pete’s EDGE district; met Leslie Jones (and painted her portrait) before her appearance at Tampa Improv; and presented Janelle Monae with one of his, now-famous, musician portraits when she came to Jannus Live. He’s documented all of this and more on Instagram in fun, artistic self-portraits with friends, celebrities, and his latest artwork.
Photo via Cam Parker
Separate Checks (@separate.checks)
This new Tampa artist collective is already rocking the Instagram world. Think of their Instagram account as an online gallery, where you can see interesting photography, poetry, paintings, and video. The account is thoughtfully curated by Adam Mathieu and Katelyn Montagna, who couple each photograph with an informative description or a statement from the artist. Follow them and feed your creative soul.
Photo via Nabil Harb

Separate Checks (@separate.checks)

This new Tampa artist collective is already rocking the Instagram world. Think of their Instagram account as an online gallery, where you can see interesting photography, poetry, paintings, and video. The account is thoughtfully curated by Adam Mathieu and Katelyn Montagna, who couple each photograph with an informative description or a statement from the artist. Follow them and feed your creative soul.
Photo via Nabil Harb
Katelyn Montagna (@katelyn_montagna)
Enjoy some more stellar photography from Separate Checks' Katelyn Montagna.
Photo via Katelyn Montagna

Katelyn Montagna (@katelyn_montagna)

Enjoy some more stellar photography from Separate Checks' Katelyn Montagna.
Photo via Katelyn Montagna
Tampa Noms (@tampa_noms)
Tampa Noms is maintained by two awesome couples who love eating good food in Tampa and St. Pete. It's a great place to discover local eats, and the food photography here is exquisite. Want one of your food photos featured here? Tag them @Tampa_Noms
Photo via Reservations for 2, please @reservationsfor2

Tampa Noms (@tampa_noms)

Tampa Noms is maintained by two awesome couples who love eating good food in Tampa and St. Pete. It's a great place to discover local eats, and the food photography here is exquisite. Want one of your food photos featured here? Tag them @Tampa_Noms
Photo via Reservations for 2, please @reservationsfor2
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