• Zellers (February 12, 2013) / Target (March 23, 2015)
  • The lights of the aurora borealis over Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach late at night on March 18th. A geomagnetic storm sent solar rays soaring into the Earth's atmosphere, leading to significant northern lights activity that was visible across much of North America March 18 and 19th. (Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press)
  • (Front to back) Risa Shatford, Nadia Minkevich, and Wayne Shatford head into the lake to cool off at Lake of the Woods. July 27, 2014
  • Palestinian supporters hold a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. July 14, 2014.

This image is from a rally against the Israel bombing of Gaza. It reminds me of the freedom we still have in this country to gather freely, unlike those who live under unjust regimes and occupation. — John Woods
  • As a photojournalist, our job is to take pictures that tell stories.  If those photos evoke emotion in the viewer, then better yet.  The photo that moves me the most this past year is that of Bradley Bone, the 16-year-old pall bearer at Tina Fontaine's funeral who stepped outside his comfort zone to give her one last hug goodbye. On Aug. 23, I attended Tina Fontaine's funeral in Sagkeeng First Nation. After the formal service was over, the six pallbearers, all cousins of Tina, had gathered around her casket quietly, waiting for the hearse to arrive. Bradley Bone, one of the pallbearers, referred to Tina as his 'little sister.'  I had asked the family ahead of time if I could photograph Tina's final journey and they agreed. It was during this time of waiting that Bradley, unable to hold back his emotions any longer, made a bold move to say goodbye in his own way to Tina by wrapping his arms around her coffin and laying his body across its case. It was an impromptu show of affection that happened so quickly, I barely caught a few frames on my camera. There wasn't any time to analyze my position, check the lighting, or even crop the photo. The heartfelt display of emotion was quick, raw and fleeting; I couldn't risk missing it by moving. As the family could not have an open casket funeral due to her being pulled from the damaging waters of the Red River and the monstrous crime committed against her, the closest Bradley could get to her to say goodbye, one last time, was to hug her casket. This image to me is symbolic, for as this teenage boy wrapped his arms around his little cousin one last time, so too has a nation wrapped their arms around the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women in our nation.  - Ruth Bonneville

Images from around the world chosen by the photo desk at the Winnipeg Free Press.

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  • January 24, 2014

    50 with a 50 photo project

    Late autumn in Manitoba can bury a creative brain into a funk.
    Shorter days, bare trees and everything coloured brown or muddy-yellow.
    To battle that funk, I started a daily photo project last October — the 50 with a 50.
    The rules were simple — 50 days. 50 photos. 50mm lens.
    The intention was to have fun — making cool images for the sake of making cool images with a single focal length. Normally I have a choice of lenses to help make the best image. Restricting myself to one lens was difficult, but it was also liberating. I wasn’t following any other rules. I could slow down to frame anything or anyone I thought was unique.
    By the end, looking through that 50mm did grow frustrating. The lens is very close to what the eye sees naturally, so gone was the engaging compression of a zoom lens or kooky shape of a wide angle.
    But Winnipeg is pretty engaging all on its own, and with that 50mm I ended up with 50 images I was happy to share over 50 days.
    Below is a selection of 20 images. You can see all of them at 50witha50.tumblr.com

    melissa.tait@freepress.mb.ca

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  • Matthew on a hay bale near Fort Whyte Alive. Day 15. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Matthew on a hay bale near Fort Whyte Alive. Day 15. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Juergen and his tobacco pipe. Juergen couldn't speak English very well, but he was kind enough to pause for a portrait. Day 28. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Juergen and his tobacco pipe. Juergen couldn't speak English very well, but he was kind enough to pause for a portrait. Day 28. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A bright moment during a dull season at Investors Group Field. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers score a touchdown. Day 1. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A bright moment during a dull season at Investors Group Field. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers score a touchdown. Day 1. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The Esplanade Riel at twilight in October. Day 5. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Esplanade Riel at twilight in October. Day 5. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A good match. Doug and Hannah walk hand in hand down a neon Osborne Street. Day 10. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A good match. Doug and Hannah walk hand in hand down a neon Osborne Street. Day 10. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A skeleton lady on her way to a social. Day 7. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A skeleton lady on her way to a social. Day 7. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Geese at The Forks. Day 13. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Geese at The Forks. Day 13. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The CP rail yards from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. Day 22. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The CP rail yards from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. Day 22. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A section of the wall of whiskey at the Toad Whiskey Bar as Kevin makes a drink. Day 23. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A section of the wall of whiskey at the Toad Whiskey Bar as Kevin makes a drink. Day 23. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Esplanade Riel reflected in the Red River. Day 20. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Esplanade Riel reflected in the Red River. Day 20. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A lone snowboarder atop Garbage Hill. (Or Westview Park). Day 36. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A lone snowboarder atop Garbage Hill. (Or Westview Park). Day 36. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The very first fall of (wet) snow on Balmoral Street in West Broadway. Day 29. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The very first fall of (wet) snow on Balmoral Street in West Broadway. Day 29. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Karla carries her daughter Mabel across the street in a snowstorm. Day 47. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Karla carries her daughter Mabel across the street in a snowstorm. Day 47. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Reflections in the Royal Trust Centre on St. Mary Ave. Day 31. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Reflections in the Royal Trust Centre on St. Mary Ave. Day 31. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Polly about to catch her bus on Portage Avenue. Day 42. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Polly about to catch her bus on Portage Avenue. Day 42. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Manny, a PrairieView photography student, scooting onto the CP rail yards to get a photo. Day 39. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Manny, a PrairieView photography student, scooting onto the CP rail yards to get a photo. Day 39. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Ron Burgundy acknowledges someone in the crowd at the opening to Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre. Day 44. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Ron Burgundy acknowledges someone in the crowd at the opening to Roar of the Rings at MTS Centre. Day 44. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A long exposure of the Osborne Street Bridge and Legislative Building. Day 43. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A long exposure of the Osborne Street Bridge and Legislative Building. Day 43. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Some country grooving at The Patch during Roar of the Rings. Day 49. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Some country grooving at The Patch during Roar of the Rings. Day 49. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Jennifer Jones hugs her mother after winning Roar of the Rings and a place on the Canadian Olympic Team. Day 50. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Jennifer Jones hugs her mother after winning Roar of the Rings and a place on the Canadian Olympic Team. Day 50. (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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