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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

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

A photo of two brothers in their 80s rekindling old stories in the loft above the barn they built with their dad on a farm in southwestern Manitoba has been nominated for 2013 National Picture of the Year by the News Photographers Association of Canada in the feature category.

Bonneville is also nominated in the social issues category for her work when she accompanied a medical team that helped handicapped children in Kampala, Africa.

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

The awards are held by the News Photographers Association of Canada, 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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2014 A2

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