• 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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  • March 27, 2015

    Then and Now: the fall of two giants

    It’s a classic case of déjà vu. Not too long ago, a Canadian shopping icon was shuttering stores in Winnipeg and across Canada to make way for an American retail giant, which, in many cases, took over the same properties. In February 2013, Free Press photographer Mike Deal chronicled Zellers' final days. He returned to the scene this week to document Target’s last days in the city.

  • Zellers (February 12, 2013) / Target (March 23, 2015)

    Zellers (February 12, 2013) / Target (March 23, 2015) Photo Store

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  • March 24, 2015

    Northern lights over Lake Winnipeg, March 19, 2015

    Multimedia editor Melissa Tait made these images of the northern lights above Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach on March 19, 2015. You can see a timelapse video with more images at wfp.to/lights

  • 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)

    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) Photo Store

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  • January 4, 2015

    Photos of the year 2014 - Boris Minkevich

    Staff photojournalist Boris Minkevich picks his best work of 2014.

  • (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

    (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 Photo Store

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  • January 4, 2015

    Photos of the year 2014 - John Woods

    Staff photojournalist John Woods picks his best work of 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

    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 Photo Store

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  • January 1, 2015

    Photos of the Year 2014 - Ruth Bonneville

    Free Press photojournalist Ruth Bonneville picks her best photos of the year.

  • 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

    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 Photo Store

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  • December 30, 2014

    Photos of the Year 2014 - Melissa Tait

    Free Press multimedia editor Melissa Tait picks her best of 2014.

  • In April 2014 I followed exotic dancer Aurora Sky at work and at home with her two young boys. To document her life dancing in the nude in various bars around Winnipeg I photographed one performance where I had permission, and behind the scenes with her family. This was my favourite photo, captured while Aurora was getting ready in a small hotel room designated for dancers competing in the Miss Nude Winnipeg Contest at Teasers Burlesque palace.

    In April 2014 I followed exotic dancer Aurora Sky at work and at home with her two young boys. To document her life dancing in the nude in various bars around Winnipeg I photographed one performance where I had permission, and behind the scenes with her family. This was my favourite photo, captured while Aurora was getting ready in a small hotel room designated for dancers competing in the Miss Nude Winnipeg Contest at Teasers Burlesque palace. Photo Store

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  • December 26, 2014

    Photos of the year 2014 - Phil Hossack

    Free Press photojournalist Phil Hossack picks his best shots of 2014.

  • Lana Fontaine, an Aunt of Tina Fontaine, weeps at a memorial shrine built on the bank of the Red River where her niece's body was recovered. August 19, 2014

    Lana Fontaine, an Aunt of Tina Fontaine, weeps at a memorial shrine built on the bank of the Red River where her niece's body was recovered. August 19, 2014 Photo Store

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  • December 30, 2014

    Photos of the year 2014 - Ken Gigliotti

    Free Press photojournalist Ken Gigliotti picks his best work of 2014

  • Former Team Canada goaltender Sami Jo Small coaches at her 16th annual Sami Jo Small Female Hockey School for girls aged 6-17.  July 16, 2014

    Former Team Canada goaltender Sami Jo Small coaches at her 16th annual Sami Jo Small Female Hockey School for girls aged 6-17. July 16, 2014 Photo Store

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  • December 28, 2014

    Photos of the year 2014 - Wayne Glowacki

    Free Press photojournalist Wayne Glowacki picks his best of 2014

  • Dark rain clouds were starting  to move in as riders work horses on the training track at the Assiniboia Downs. September 4, 2014

    Dark rain clouds were starting to move in as riders work horses on the training track at the Assiniboia Downs. September 4, 2014 Photo Store

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  • September 17, 2014

    Museum at dusk and dawn

    Since the Canadian Museum for Human Rights broke ground in 2008, Free Press photographers have followed its build. Leading up to the museum's opening, we take a look back at the process captured in spectacular light by our staff.

  • September 8, 2014 - Canadian Museum For Human Rights 
(John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    September 8, 2014 - Canadian Museum For Human Rights (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • June 30, 2014

    Rowdy, pardner

    Dauphin's Countryfest a good time, no matter how much it rains. The culture of Canada's longest-running country-music festival isn't just one of Party, Sleep, Repeat, to quote someone's relentlessly on-point tank top. It's also a culture rooted in community -- a fact that was underscored during a weekend of never-ending rain. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)

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  • June 13, 2014

    A glass menagerie: Rare negatives give glimpse into city's history

    In 1898, you could purchase a Vive box camera for $5. More than 110 years later, no one at the Free Press knows how the old Vive glass negatives ended up in one of the drawers in our photo archives — decades untouched. But the power of a photograph in capturing a moment in time is undeniable when the negatives have been scanned and viewed as positive images. — Wayne Glowacki, Winnipeg Free Press photojournalist

  • Glass negatives by photographer E.J.C. Smith, taken circa 1898. His photo store was located at 276 Smith Street in Winnipeg.

    Glass negatives by photographer E.J.C. Smith, taken circa 1898. His photo store was located at 276 Smith Street in Winnipeg. Photo Store

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  • May 5, 2014

    Help us choose the best Winnipeg Free Press front pages

    Could it be Cindy and Clara comparing medals in Turin? Or the trial of Louis Riel? Winnipeg winning the Stanley Cup? What about Manitobans heading off on the Nile Expedition? Or the arrival of the Beatles. Maybe the death of the beer snake?

    Newspapers Canada and PEI 2014 are calling on Canadian newspapers to submit their best front-page stories for a competition called The History of Canada in the Nation’s Front Pages. The national competition will celebrate and award newspaper stories that have made front-page news.

    The Free Press can enter two dozen front pages for a chance to be represented in the final project. The front-page stories must date from 1864 to December 2013. Ordinary Canadians and a panel of industry experts will help select the winners.

    Please help us decide which we should enter. You remember the story; we’ll find the front page. Send your suggestions to frontpage@freepress.mb.ca by May 20, and we'll feature a selection of them here.

  • Nov. 17, 1885: Louis Riel

    Nov. 17, 1885: Louis Riel Photo Store

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  • April 15, 2014

    In pictures: Tuesday's 'blood moon'

    Sky-gazers in Manitoba were treated to a rare "blood moon" early Tuesday as moon was eclipsed by the Earth's shadow.

  • A full moon becomes a blood moon as Canada experiences a full lunar eclipse, early Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

    A full moon becomes a blood moon as Canada experiences a full lunar eclipse, early Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Photo Store

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  • February 22, 2014

    A howling good time

    A Manitoba day in sled dog training. Photography by Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

  • Samantha Page runs her four-dog team at their home near Woodlands, Manitoba.  February 12, 2014  (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Samantha Page runs her four-dog team at their home near Woodlands, Manitoba. February 12, 2014 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • January 10, 2014

    Inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    Architects and builders of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights took members of the media on an extensive tour Friday morning. Construction on the complex structure are almost complete and preparations for the exhibits is about to begin.

  • The main floor ticket area, restaurant and patio.

    The main floor ticket area, restaurant and patio. Photo Store

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  • January 7, 2014

    Photos of the year - Boris Minkevich 2013

    Photojournalist Boris Minkevich selects his best work of 2013.

  • Photographer's choice: Sometimes life rolls out in front of a photojournalist perfectly. Like the Sunday my dog went to a local mall to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. This brother and sister were ahead of us. They have different owners but double teamed Santa this year for old times sake. Only appearing online because of a tight paper the next day, I hope it puts a smile on your face as big as mine. 

Lil' Buddy and Lola Get a seat on Old Saint Nick at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. December 8, 2013 BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Photographer's choice: Sometimes life rolls out in front of a photojournalist perfectly. Like the Sunday my dog went to a local mall to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. This brother and sister were ahead of us. They have different owners but double teamed Santa this year for old times sake. Only appearing online because of a tight paper the next day, I hope it puts a smile on your face as big as mine. Lil' Buddy and Lola Get a seat on Old Saint Nick at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. December 8, 2013 BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

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  • January 3, 2014

    Photos of the year - John Woods 2013

    Photojournalist John Woods picks his best work from 2013.

  • PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHOICE - In this job we are privileged to spend time with people who show you the strength of the human spirit... Cole was one of those people. 
Maydanuk was in a tragic workplace accident at the CN rail yards in Brandon on July 25, 2012 resulting in the loss of both of his legs. Here he fits his first set of legs. 
(John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHOICE - In this job we are privileged to spend time with people who show you the strength of the human spirit... Cole was one of those people. Maydanuk was in a tragic workplace accident at the CN rail yards in Brandon on July 25, 2012 resulting in the loss of both of his legs. Here he fits his first set of legs. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • January 2, 2014

    Photos of the year - Ruth Bonneville 2013

    Photojournalist Ruth Bonneville picks her best work from 2013.

  • 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

    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 Photo Store

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  • December 30, 2013

    Photos of the year - Ken Gigliotti 2013

    Photojournalist Ken Gigliotti picks his best work from 2013.

  • Photographer's choice - Inner city kids experience the pure joy of learning science in the summer camp setting at University of Winnipeg. 5000 kids took part in the free Ecokids Summer Camp   since 2008. UofW provides programming, transportation, nutrition supplies and t-shirts for the kids. The camp was cancelled over debate  about corporate ethical partnering in 2013. Experiencing the camp first hand  over several years made this one my favourite pictures of the year, although the story that played out behind the scenes was very sad for the kids and for the nurturing staff that provided engaging programming and athletics.  JULY 18 2013 
(KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Photographer's choice - Inner city kids experience the pure joy of learning science in the summer camp setting at University of Winnipeg. 5000 kids took part in the free Ecokids Summer Camp since 2008. UofW provides programming, transportation, nutrition supplies and t-shirts for the kids. The camp was cancelled over debate about corporate ethical partnering in 2013. Experiencing the camp first hand over several years made this one my favourite pictures of the year, although the story that played out behind the scenes was very sad for the kids and for the nurturing staff that provided engaging programming and athletics. JULY 18 2013 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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  • December 29, 2013

    Photos of the year - Mike Deal 2013

    Photojournalist Mike Deal picks his best work from 2013.

  • I think I waited about 20 minutes for this moment to occur after everyone had started to pack up and leave. One of the great things about this job is being able to be there when emotions run high. I have to admit as a father myself I started getting choked up while taking this photo, imagining what Larry Jones must be thinking, how proud he must be as he hugs his daughter, Jennifer Jones, after her team won the Canadian Curling Trials at the MTS Centre to become an Olympian for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. December 6, 2013 (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

    I think I waited about 20 minutes for this moment to occur after everyone had started to pack up and leave. One of the great things about this job is being able to be there when emotions run high. I have to admit as a father myself I started getting choked up while taking this photo, imagining what Larry Jones must be thinking, how proud he must be as he hugs his daughter, Jennifer Jones, after her team won the Canadian Curling Trials at the MTS Centre to become an Olympian for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. December 6, 2013 (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • December 27, 2013

    Photos of the year - Phil Hossack 2013

    Photojournalist Phil Hossack picks his best work from 2013.

  • Photographer's choice: 
I love it when life and art merge. In the simple act of tying up their ballet slippers a pair of young dancers prove once again that life does imitate art, or is it art imitating life? 
Aspiring ballerinas with the RWB School tie up last minute details before assuming the stage at The Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park for the annual Ballet in the Park.  July 24, 2013 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Photographer's choice: I love it when life and art merge. In the simple act of tying up their ballet slippers a pair of young dancers prove once again that life does imitate art, or is it art imitating life? Aspiring ballerinas with the RWB School tie up last minute details before assuming the stage at The Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park for the annual Ballet in the Park. July 24, 2013 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • December 26, 2013

    Photos of the year - Wayne Glowacki 2013

    Photojournalist Wayne Glowacki picks his best work from 2013.

  • Photographer's choice: On a dry cold sunny January morning in 2013, I got an assignment to get a picture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks to run with a story in the paper the next day. The museum has been a very popular subject to photograph by our staff over the years, so I thought a different way to frame the building would be my goal. After walking around the museum once, I noticed the frosted windows on The Forks parkade. Going up the stairs I found about a 5 cm clear view through one of the panes near the floor. I got down low and used a small aperture setting on the camera so the frost and museum would be in focus. January 2, 2013  (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Photographer's choice: On a dry cold sunny January morning in 2013, I got an assignment to get a picture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks to run with a story in the paper the next day. The museum has been a very popular subject to photograph by our staff over the years, so I thought a different way to frame the building would be my goal. After walking around the museum once, I noticed the frosted windows on The Forks parkade. Going up the stairs I found about a 5 cm clear view through one of the panes near the floor. I got down low and used a small aperture setting on the camera so the frost and museum would be in focus. January 2, 2013 (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store