• 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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  • 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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  • Some Countryfesters get introduced to Jeanie VanWorkum and her horse named Mister. They horse crew was brought in to promote good citizenship in the campground.

    Some Countryfesters get introduced to Jeanie VanWorkum and her horse named Mister. They horse crew was brought in to promote good citizenship in the campground. Photo Store

  • Campers fill the fields behind the stage. The festival expanded its camping area to 4,300 this year.

    Campers fill the fields behind the stage. The festival expanded its camping area to 4,300 this year. Photo Store

  • Performer Lisa Brokop on stage Friday afternoon.

    Performer Lisa Brokop on stage Friday afternoon. Photo Store

  • A good old fashion

    A good old fashion "Shotgun" beer chugging in the back of a pickup truck hot tub. Photo Store

  • Lee Brice

    Lee Brice Photo Store

  • First time festival partier Jordan Fidler.

    First time festival partier Jordan Fidler. Photo Store

  • Aerial photos of the festival site.

    Aerial photos of the festival site. Photo Store

  • Rain blessed festival goers most of the weekend.

    Rain blessed festival goers most of the weekend. Photo Store

  • abandoned campsite

    abandoned campsite Photo Store

  • Perry performs as the headliner Friday night.

    Perry performs as the headliner Friday night. Photo Store

  • Perry performs as the headliner Friday night.

    Perry performs as the headliner Friday night. Photo Store

  • Dallas Smith performs

    Dallas Smith performs Photo Store

  • Dedicated wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night.

    Dedicated wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night. Photo Store

  • Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at the festival.

    Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at the festival. Photo Store

  • Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at the festival.

    Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at the festival. Photo Store

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