• 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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  • August 15, 2011

    Miss Elvis Lee

    Pink nail polish on her toenails shows she can still be girly, but Marnie Lee Gudz will take any opportunity she can to put on a suit and channel the King. Summer photojournalism intern Hadas Parush followed Gudz through her transformation at the Manitoba Elvis Fest in Gimli Saturday.

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  • "The first year I must say it was very difficult as a female. I think I heard a comment at one point that a female Elvis is like having a white Ray Charles," Gudz says of her challenges of being the only female Elvis impersonator at the festival. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Elvis shoes and suits, and a regular change of clothes are neatly packed while Marnie Lee Gudz gets herself ready to become Miss Elvis Lee in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Elvis shoes and suits, and a regular change of clothes are neatly packed while Marnie Lee Gudz gets herself ready to become Miss Elvis Lee in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Gudz gets ready in the ladies' room in the Gimli Rec Centre for her tribute performance.
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    Gudz gets ready in the ladies' room in the Gimli Rec Centre for her tribute performance. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Gudz fixes her hair before her tribute performance as Miss Elvis Lee.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Gudz fixes her hair before her tribute performance as Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • "I can't just grow my sideburns and have them there all the time," said Gudz after spending at least an hour in the girls' washroom smoothing her hair back to a strickingly accurate Elvis-style do. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Gudz pays attention to detail with a variety of Elvis jewelry.
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    Gudz pays attention to detail with a variety of Elvis jewelry. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Gudz finishes the transformation.
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    Gudz finishes the transformation. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • With her jacket now on, Miss Elvis Lee tests her swing in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre, with her sister, Marla (left) and mother, Terry (centre), before her tribute performance during the Manitoba Elvis Fest.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    With her jacket now on, Miss Elvis Lee tests her swing in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre, with her sister, Marla (left) and mother, Terry (centre), before her tribute performance during the Manitoba Elvis Fest. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Fully transformed, Miss Elvis Lee walks out of the ladies' room.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Fully transformed, Miss Elvis Lee walks out of the ladies' room. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The only female Elvis impersonator at the Manitoba Elvis Fest, Marnie Lee Gudz, here known as Miss Elvis Lee, is about to capture her Elvis-loving audience in her tribute performance.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The only female Elvis impersonator at the Manitoba Elvis Fest, Marnie Lee Gudz, here known as Miss Elvis Lee, is about to capture her Elvis-loving audience in her tribute performance. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Marnie Lee Gudz performs as Miss Elvis Lee.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Marnie Lee Gudz performs as Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Miss Elvis Lee.
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    Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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