• 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

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  • April 20, 2011

    Flood Fight 2011 - St. Jean Baptiste and Morris area

    Photojournalist Joe Bryksa surveyed the vast flood zone around Morris and St. Jean Baptiste by air Wednesday, April 20. More than 500 municipal roads have been affected by flooding, which officials say is far more widespread than in 2009, the last severe flood. There have already been 32 states of local emergency declared compared with just 16 in 2009.

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  • The flooded Red River is developing into the Red Sea outside of the Manitoba town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. Highway traffic in the area is closed.
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    The flooded Red River is developing into the Red Sea outside of the Manitoba town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. Highway traffic in the area is closed. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Highway 75, the main highway from Winnipeg,  is closed because of the flooding Morris River and Red River. Crews work, lower-center, to close ring dikes around the town of Morris to protect them from the rising water. 
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    Highway 75, the main highway from Winnipeg, is closed because of the flooding Morris River and Red River. Crews work, lower-center, to close ring dikes around the town of Morris to protect them from the rising water. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Farmers' properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River north of  of St Jean Baptiste, Manitoba.  The town is located along Highway 75, 40 km north of the United States border. The town of St Jean Baptiste, top, is surrounded by a ring dike keeping it safe from the flood waters.
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    Farmers' properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River north of of St Jean Baptiste, Manitoba. The town is located along Highway 75, 40 km north of the United States border. The town of St Jean Baptiste, top, is surrounded by a ring dike keeping it safe from the flood waters. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • The town of St Jean Baptiste is surrounded by the flooded Red River  Wednesday morning.
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    The town of St Jean Baptiste is surrounded by the flooded Red River Wednesday morning. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Country roads are washed out by the flooding Morris and Red River near Morris, Manitoba. This farmer outside of the Morris ring dikes has moved all his equipment to higher ground. 
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    Country roads are washed out by the flooding Morris and Red River near Morris, Manitoba. This farmer outside of the Morris ring dikes has moved all his equipment to higher ground. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Highway 75, the main highway from Winnipeg,  is closed because of the flooding Morris River and Red River at Morris.
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    Highway 75, the main highway from Winnipeg, is closed because of the flooding Morris River and Red River at Morris. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Country roads are washed out by the flooding Morris and Red River near Morris Manitoba. Many municipal roads in the area are now flooded making road traffic difficult if not impossible.
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    Country roads are washed out by the flooding Morris and Red River near Morris Manitoba. Many municipal roads in the area are now flooded making road traffic difficult if not impossible. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • One of many washed-out country roads caused by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday morning. Hundreds of Manitoba roads and highways are now closed due to  high flood waters.
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    One of many washed-out country roads caused by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday morning. Hundreds of Manitoba roads and highways are now closed due to high flood waters. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Farmers properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday morning.
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    Farmers properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday morning. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Farmers properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste.
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    Farmers properties are surrounded by the flooded Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • The bridge is closed at St John Baptiste because of high flood waters from the Red River. Debris wood piles near the bridge Wednesday morning.
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    The bridge is closed at St John Baptiste because of high flood waters from the Red River. Debris wood piles near the bridge Wednesday morning. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from the Red River Wednesday morning
JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Apr 20, 2011

    Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from the Red River Wednesday morning JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Apr 20, 2011 Photo Store

  • St Jean Baptiste - Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from the Red River Wednesday morning
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    St Jean Baptiste - Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from the Red River Wednesday morning JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday.
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    A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday.
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    A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste and Morris. The home is  surrounded by a flood wall to protect it from the rising waters. 
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    A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste and Morris. The home is surrounded by a flood wall to protect it from the rising waters. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from  the Red River. Manitoba is now coping with a unprecedented number of roads closed because of spring flooding.
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    Portions of Hwy 75 are now under water because of high flood waters from the Red River. Manitoba is now coping with a unprecedented number of roads closed because of spring flooding. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • The Red River has spilled its banks near the town of St Jean Baptiste and Morris Wednesday. Local area farmers now have to travel to and from their rural properties by boat.
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    The Red River has spilled its banks near the town of St Jean Baptiste and Morris Wednesday. Local area farmers now have to travel to and from their rural properties by boat. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste  and Morris.
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    A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste and Morris. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. After the Flood of the Century in 1997, the Manitoba government raised farm homesteads to protect them from reoccurring floods.
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    A farm is surrounded by the flooding Red River near the town of St Jean Baptiste Wednesday. After the Flood of the Century in 1997, the Manitoba government raised farm homesteads to protect them from reoccurring floods. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • A farmer tractor sits on a submerged country road caused by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste and Morris. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    A farmer tractor sits on a submerged country road caused by the flooding Red River between the towns of St Jean Baptiste and Morris. JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

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