• (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
  • 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.
  • 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

Images from around the world chosen by the photo desk at the Winnipeg Free Press.

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  • July 9, 2012

    POV: The 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival

    Another great weekend at this year's annual Winnipeg Folk Festival, our photographers produced a bumper crop of images. Here we have compiled our favourites.

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  • The sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday, July 8, 2012. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    The sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday, July 8, 2012. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Barefoot festival goers dance on Saturday at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Barefoot festival goers dance on Saturday at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Feist performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Feist performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • The crowd cheers on Feist  as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night  just before the sun set. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    The crowd cheers on Feist as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night just before the sun set. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Heidi Fauet dances with her son Sam (red shirt) and his friend Silas Solum near the Main Stage during the opening night at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night.   Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Heidi Fauet dances with her son Sam (red shirt) and his friend Silas Solum near the Main Stage during the opening night at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • The crowd cheers on Feist  as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night  just before the sun set. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    The crowd cheers on Feist as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night just before the sun set. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Charity Rose Thielen, singer and violin with the Head and the Heart, performs at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Charity Rose Thielen, singer and violin with the Head and the Heart, performs at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Sam Beam, the American singer-songwriter known as Iron and Wine, performs Sunday evening at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival main stage. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Sam Beam, the American singer-songwriter known as Iron and Wine, performs Sunday evening at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival main stage. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Billy Bragg performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. 
Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Billy Bragg performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Twin 8 year-old brothers, Ethan and Kieran Wiebe practice their hand stands prior to Beth Orton performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Twin 8 year-old brothers, Ethan and Kieran Wiebe practice their hand stands prior to Beth Orton performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Alice Carey, 5, plays with bubbles while Beth Orton performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. 
TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Alice Carey, 5, plays with bubbles while Beth Orton performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Stacey Waldron (left) travels between stages with her husband Dan and kids Janae, 6 months, and Alex, 2, at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Stacey Waldron (left) travels between stages with her husband Dan and kids Janae, 6 months, and Alex, 2, at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Attendees take in a performance by Matt Andersen at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Attendees take in a performance by Matt Andersen at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Beth Orton performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Beth Orton performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Charles Bradley, a New York-based funk and R&B singer perform at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Saturday evening. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Charles Bradley, a New York-based funk and R&B singer perform at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Saturday evening. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • A festival attendee naps prior to a performance by Beth Orton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    A festival attendee naps prior to a performance by Beth Orton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park, Friday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Elise Devoid snags a frisbee just before sunset on Saturday at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Elise Devoid snags a frisbee just before sunset on Saturday at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Miaja Buduhan, 5, plays the kazoo in the crowd on the final day of the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Fest. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Miaja Buduhan, 5, plays the kazoo in the crowd on the final day of the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Fest. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Audenne Derksen (left), 7, plays with her cousin Nicklas Hamm, 6, and sister Arielle, 7, at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday.  Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Audenne Derksen (left), 7, plays with her cousin Nicklas Hamm, 6, and sister Arielle, 7, at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Ulises Bella, saxophone player with Ozomatli  performs on the Main Stage with his band at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Ulises Bella, saxophone player with Ozomatli performs on the Main Stage with his band at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Ozomatli gets the crowd up and jumping as they  perform on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Ozomatli gets the crowd up and jumping as they perform on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Thursday night. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • People dance as the sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    People dance as the sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • The Head and the Heart perform at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    The Head and the Heart perform at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Nick Urata, singer and multi-instrumentalist with DeVotchKa, performs during the headlining act on Saturday night 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Nick Urata, singer and multi-instrumentalist with DeVotchKa, performs during the headlining act on Saturday night 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • A festival goer plays with devil sticks as the sun sets on the second last day of the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    A festival goer plays with devil sticks as the sun sets on the second last day of the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival on Saturday. Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • The sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    The sun sets on the last day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Sunday. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

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