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Four-month-old Jonah, who was born with no legs, has an afternoon nap in his crib at Bulrushes, a home for high-risk, abandoned and orphaned babies in Kampala. This photo has been nominated for 2013 National Picture of the Year by the News Photographers Association of Canada in the social issues category.

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Four-month-old Jonah, who was born with no legs, has an afternoon nap in his crib at Bulrushes, a home for high-risk, abandoned and orphaned babies in Kampala. This photo has been nominated for 2013 National Picture of the Year by the News Photographers Association of Canada in the social issues category. Photo Store

The outstanding work of a Winnipeg Free Press photographer has come into a national focus.

Ruth Bonneville, a photojournalist at the Free Press, is among the nominees for the 2013 National Pictures of the Year awards, it was announced Monday night.

Bonneville is nominated in two different areas -- the feature category and the social issues category.

Tim Smith, a photographer at the Brandon Sun, is also up for a pair of awards, including 2013 photojournalist of the year. He is also nominated in the pictorial category.

The awards are put on by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), which recognizes the excellence of photojournalists across the country. The winners will be announced at the 2013 National Pictures of the Year Awards Gala in Vancouver May 24.

The multimedia categories will be announced next week.

All of the nominees, including a gallery of nominated photos, can be seen at npac.ca.

My favourite picture of 2013 can be traced back to my roots. Earlier this year I visited my family farm in southwestern Manitoba to celebrate my father's milestone 80th birthday. The scene in this photo is set in a loft of a large barn built by the skillful hands of my grandfather. My father and uncle take centre stage as they stand in the middle of the loft while my daughter cradles a young kitten behind them. As the two men casually reminisce about the past, their shadows grow taller as a cast of light shines like a spotlight on the emerging generation behind them. Though the eye is drawn to the light shining in the background, the viewer's attention is quickly pulled foreword to the shadowy figures in the foreground. This haunting image illustrates to me how the generation that is to come serves its future well when it values and learns from the experience and wisdom held in the roots of its past. Go to this link to watch Ruth's Uncle Herman perform the "Farmer's Song" http://wfp.to/8H1 Oct 08, 2013 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

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Updated on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM CDT: Adds link, adds slideshow

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