• 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 13, 2012

    Looking back on the Red River Ex

    As the Red River Ex gears up for its 61st run, we look back at the annual exhibition's early years in Winnipeg.

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  • A crowd awaits the Red River Exhibition parade at Kennedy Street and Portage Avenue July 26, 1954.

    A crowd awaits the Red River Exhibition parade at Kennedy Street and Portage Avenue July 26, 1954.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • Chuck wagon outfits get ready for action at the Greater Winnipeg Exhibition and Stampede at Riel park,  August 2, 1954. At left is Stettler, Alberta resident Carl Barrett's outfit with driver Hally (Wag) Walgenback. The outfit won the Canadian championship in 1953 for most money earned. At centre is the Walter Kane outfit of Winnipeg, with driver Slim Helme of Esterhazy, and at right is a Shetland Pony outfit owned by Ray Stewart of Melfort, Sask.

    Chuck wagon outfits get ready for action at the Greater Winnipeg Exhibition and Stampede at Riel park, August 2, 1954. At left is Stettler, Alberta resident Carl Barrett's outfit with driver Hally (Wag) Walgenback. The outfit won the Canadian championship in 1953 for most money earned. At centre is the Walter Kane outfit of Winnipeg, with driver Slim Helme of Esterhazy, and at right is a Shetland Pony outfit owned by Ray Stewart of Melfort, Sask.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • Scimitar-wielding members of the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans cut a swath down the Red River Exhibition Parade route July 24, 1954.

    Scimitar-wielding members of the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans cut a swath down the Red River Exhibition Parade route July 24, 1954.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  •  These two girls seem to have mixed opinions about the new Paratrooper ride on the midway at the Red River Exhibition, June 27, 1960.

    These two girls seem to have mixed opinions about the new Paratrooper ride on the midway at the Red River Exhibition, June 27, 1960.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • A scene from the Red River Exhibition parade, June 28, 1960.

    A scene from the Red River Exhibition parade, June 28, 1960.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • The Red River Exhibition grounds, June 29, 1960.

    The Red River Exhibition grounds, June 29, 1960.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • Linda Jackin, 9, and Nancy Flavell, 9, enjoy treats at the Red River Exhibition parade, July 3, 1961.

    Linda Jackin, 9, and Nancy Flavell, 9, enjoy treats at the Red River Exhibition parade, July 3, 1961.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • Band leaders during the Red River Exhibition parade, July 3, 1961.

    Band leaders during the Red River Exhibition parade, July 3, 1961. Photo Store

  • The  Red River Exhibition parade marching bands, July 3, 1961.

    The Red River Exhibition parade marching bands, July 3, 1961.   (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

  • The Red River Exhibition parade marching bands, July 3, 1961.

    The Red River Exhibition parade marching bands, July 3, 1961. Photo Store

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