• 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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  • January 3, 2013

    Photos of the year - Ken Gigliotti 2012

    Photojournalist Ken Gigliotti picks his best work of 2012.

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  • They wear those visors for a reason -
This picture was taken at a fire on Inkster Boulevard in May of 2012. It is the type of photo I have always valued. This is simply a product of getting to the scene in a relatively short period of time and seeing an opportunity to take a picture that normally would be fairly routine, but yielded a very unusual outcome. The firefighter was in the process of breaking a window on the exterior second floor of a home that was filling with smoke. I shot quickly expecting the smoke to pour out of the window, obscuring the scene. When the axe hit the window it immediately exploded into shards of glass, with black smoke pouring out soon after. So if you ever wondered about the dangers firefighters face or why they wear helmets with visors and protective clothing, this would be one reason. This picture is simply a reaction resulting in an unexpected outcome, as well as being a strong visual taken in a time frame of only a split second. No one was injured in the fire. - Ken Gigliotti

    They wear those visors for a reason - This picture was taken at a fire on Inkster Boulevard in May of 2012. It is the type of photo I have always valued. This is simply a product of getting to the scene in a relatively short period of time and seeing an opportunity to take a picture that normally would be fairly routine, but yielded a very unusual outcome. The firefighter was in the process of breaking a window on the exterior second floor of a home that was filling with smoke. I shot quickly expecting the smoke to pour out of the window, obscuring the scene. When the axe hit the window it immediately exploded into shards of glass, with black smoke pouring out soon after. So if you ever wondered about the dangers firefighters face or why they wear helmets with visors and protective clothing, this would be one reason. This picture is simply a reaction resulting in an unexpected outcome, as well as being a strong visual taken in a time frame of only a split second. No one was injured in the fire. - Ken Gigliotti Photo Store

  • Springfield Fire respond to a well-involved vacant house fire on Dugald Road near the city limits.  October 17, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Springfield Fire respond to a well-involved vacant house fire on Dugald Road near the city limits. October 17, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Unseasonably warm weather has brought the Canada Geese back to a retention pond on Garden Grove Drive at sunrise. March19, 2012   (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Unseasonably warm weather has brought the Canada Geese back to a retention pond on Garden Grove Drive at sunrise. March19, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • An orange sunrise over Assiniboine Park through the haze. June 27,  2012  (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    An orange sunrise over Assiniboine Park through the haze. June 27, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Brittney Scholz  waits to make her Friday practice run. Scholz is competing in an all-female division of the 50th Canadian Power Toboggan Championship in Beausejour. The sleds can hit  170k/hr  on the 1/2 mile track. March 2, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Brittney Scholz waits to make her Friday practice run. Scholz is competing in an all-female division of the 50th Canadian Power Toboggan Championship in Beausejour. The sleds can hit 170k/hr on the 1/2 mile track. March 2, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Injured running back Chris Garrett was on the field before practice listening to music while catching footballs. Garrett is recovering from a torn achilles heal and will miss the season.  September 5, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Injured running back Chris Garrett was on the field before practice listening to music while catching footballs. Garrett is recovering from a torn achilles heal and will miss the season. September 5, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Blue Bomber Training Camp - #1 Kito Poblah makes a catch and run, enjoying the air and space during non-contact drills.  June 5, 2012  (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Blue Bomber Training Camp - #1 Kito Poblah makes a catch and run, enjoying the air and space during non-contact drills. June 5, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Canada  Wins 1-0 vs France - Michelle Klimet, left, and Bailee Plosnysky jump for joy at the scoring moment. University of Manitoba  Bison women's soccer players gathered to watch former Bison Soccer player Desiree Scott play for team Canada at the London Olympics during the  bronze metal game vs France. August 9, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Canada Wins 1-0 vs France - Michelle Klimet, left, and Bailee Plosnysky jump for joy at the scoring moment. University of Manitoba Bison women's soccer players gathered to watch former Bison Soccer player Desiree Scott play for team Canada at the London Olympics during the bronze metal game vs France. August 9, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Bonnie Timshel enjoys  sunny warm temps  and a good book while she waits for a friend on Lily Street. March 22, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Bonnie Timshel enjoys sunny warm temps and a good book while she waits for a friend on Lily Street. March 22, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Dufferin School students wait for Mayor Sam Katz at city hall. The students are doing a project on civic politics and presented their  requests to the mayor. February 9, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Dufferin School students wait for Mayor Sam Katz at city hall. The students are doing a project on civic politics and presented their requests to the mayor. February 9, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Irma Penn is the scribe, writing the letters of the hand-written Torah. Penn is the first woman in Canada to hand write the Torah. April 10, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Irma Penn is the scribe, writing the letters of the hand-written Torah. Penn is the first woman in Canada to hand write the Torah. April 10, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The  Famous Five depicted in bronze - Nellie McClung statue at the Manitoba Legislature  got a knitted red valentine heart from an anonymous donor. February 15, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Famous Five depicted in bronze - Nellie McClung statue at the Manitoba Legislature got a knitted red valentine heart from an anonymous donor. February 15, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Beautiful West End begins its summer of bloom with boulevards, front yards and even back lane gardens coming alive with flowers, daisies and poppies as seen in this backyard lane on Camden Street near Wolseley Avenue. June 26, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Beautiful West End begins its summer of bloom with boulevards, front yards and even back lane gardens coming alive with flowers, daisies and poppies as seen in this backyard lane on Camden Street near Wolseley Avenue. June 26, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The moisture and sun caused crops to spring up. Canola is blooming yellow along with this wheat field along Sturgeon Road. June 29, 2012  (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The moisture and sun caused crops to spring up. Canola is blooming yellow along with this wheat field along Sturgeon Road. June 29, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Iron workers at Investors Group Field construction  make their way along the stadium cover beams.  May 15, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Iron workers at Investors Group Field construction make their way along the stadium cover beams. May 15, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Alexander Dock - a seagull patrols the dock at sunrise as fog begins to lift from the Red River. September 14, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Alexander Dock - a seagull patrols the dock at sunrise as fog begins to lift from the Red River. September 14, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Start the week off right...driving, cycling or walking... appreciate  the day in the Exchange as the sun rises over Winnipeg. March 5, 2012(KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Start the week off right...driving, cycling or walking... appreciate the day in the Exchange as the sun rises over Winnipeg. March 5, 2012(KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Photo Store

  • Light rain falls in downtown Winnipeg.  October 4, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Light rain falls in downtown Winnipeg. October 4, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A group of University of Manitoba international students from as far away as Russia and Africa  gather at The Forks Friday afternoon where the falling snow inspired a good natured snowball fight. The snow wasn't the best for snowballs, but they had a good time anyway. For many, this was their first winter with snow. Here Carl Yizhangquo from China initiates the attack on fellow students. January 6, 2012(KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A group of University of Manitoba international students from as far away as Russia and Africa gather at The Forks Friday afternoon where the falling snow inspired a good natured snowball fight. The snow wasn't the best for snowballs, but they had a good time anyway. For many, this was their first winter with snow. Here Carl Yizhangquo from China initiates the attack on fellow students. January 6, 2012(KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Hoar frost coats the Assiniboine River bank  as seen from Academy Road at Wellington Crescent. February 3, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Hoar frost coats the Assiniboine River bank as seen from Academy Road at Wellington Crescent. February 3, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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