• 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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  • December 28, 2011

    Photos of the year: Joe Bryksa

    Free Press photojournalist Joe Bryksa picks his favourite photos of 2011.

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  • Photographer's choice - At the beginning of my career I was honoured to work alongside my friend, photojournalist Shaun Best. In the 1990s, Shaun freelanced for Reuters, and snapped thousands of photos of the original Winnipeg Jets. Shooting the team was one of his greatest passions. 

In time, that passion would take him to Montreal, from where he launched an international photojournalism career. One year after he left, Winnipeg lost its Jets to Phoenix. Shaun was one of the few that always believed they would return. 

So perhaps it was kismet that Shaun and the Jets returned to Winnipeg at the same time. In the spring of 2011, Shaun was back in Manitoba to cover the flood that spread across the province when news broke in Winnipeg that the NHL was coming back. Within minutes, he was at the heart of Portage and Main to photograph the celebrations. 

Two weeks later, Shaun suffered a heart attack, and passed away in Montreal. He was 43 years old. 

Flash forward to Oct. 9, 2011. Photojournalists from across Canada gathered at MTS Centre to shoot the first NHL home game in Winnipeg in 15 years. In the deafening roar of that historic moment, Shaun was with us. He would have been overjoyed to be there; he would have wanted to capture the most iconic image of the Jets' return. 

After over 40 minutes of play, Jets forward Nik Antropov slid the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, and that image finally came. I was lucky to have caught it. Shaun would have liked that. 
October 09, 2011

    Photographer's choice - At the beginning of my career I was honoured to work alongside my friend, photojournalist Shaun Best. In the 1990s, Shaun freelanced for Reuters, and snapped thousands of photos of the original Winnipeg Jets. Shooting the team was one of his greatest passions. In time, that passion would take him to Montreal, from where he launched an international photojournalism career. One year after he left, Winnipeg lost its Jets to Phoenix. Shaun was one of the few that always believed they would return. So perhaps it was kismet that Shaun and the Jets returned to Winnipeg at the same time. In the spring of 2011, Shaun was back in Manitoba to cover the flood that spread across the province when news broke in Winnipeg that the NHL was coming back. Within minutes, he was at the heart of Portage and Main to photograph the celebrations. Two weeks later, Shaun suffered a heart attack, and passed away in Montreal. He was 43 years old. Flash forward to Oct. 9, 2011. Photojournalists from across Canada gathered at MTS Centre to shoot the first NHL home game in Winnipeg in 15 years. In the deafening roar of that historic moment, Shaun was with us. He would have been overjoyed to be there; he would have wanted to capture the most iconic image of the Jets' return. After over 40 minutes of play, Jets forward Nik Antropov slid the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, and that image finally came. I was lucky to have caught it. Shaun would have liked that. October 09, 2011 Photo Store

  • A fan records the opening ceremonies as the Winnipeg Jets take on the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL regular season home opener at the MTS Centre. October 9, 2011

    A fan records the opening ceremonies as the Winnipeg Jets take on the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL regular season home opener at the MTS Centre. October 9, 2011 Photo Store

  • Firefighters battle a  blaze in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue after being alerted to the fire by a call around 8 a.m. They have been rotating crews quickly because of the bitter cold.
January 30, 2011

    Firefighters battle a blaze in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue after being alerted to the fire by a call around 8 a.m. They have been rotating crews quickly because of the bitter cold. January 30, 2011 Photo Store

  • A iron worker works on steel high off the ground during construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 
March 08, 2011

    A iron worker works on steel high off the ground during construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. March 08, 2011 Photo Store

  • The sun peers through heavy clouds Wednesday afternoon behind the Golden Boy on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building in downtown Winnipeg. January 12, 2011

    The sun peers through heavy clouds Wednesday afternoon behind the Golden Boy on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building in downtown Winnipeg. January 12, 2011 Photo Store

  • Muddy Work-  A construction worker lays piles at the site of the new Winnipeg Blue Bomber Stadium on the University of Manitoba Campus Monday afternoon. The new 190 million dollar stadium is on schedule to open for the 2012 CFL season. 
April 04, 2011

    Muddy Work- A construction worker lays piles at the site of the new Winnipeg Blue Bomber Stadium on the University of Manitoba Campus Monday afternoon. The new 190 million dollar stadium is on schedule to open for the 2012 CFL season. April 04, 2011 Photo Store

  • Sam Connery takes a break after working the last few days sandbagging her family home near Hoop and Holler bend.
May 11, 2011

    Sam Connery takes a break after working the last few days sandbagging her family home near Hoop and Holler bend. May 11, 2011 Photo Store

  • Near Hwy 430- North of the Trans Canada Hwy -  Members from 2 PPCLI , and 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, shield themselves from sand flying off a helicopter that dropped off sandbags needed to shore up a soft dike on the Assiniboine River Tuesday afternoon.
May 17, 2011

    Near Hwy 430- North of the Trans Canada Hwy - Members from 2 PPCLI , and 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, shield themselves from sand flying off a helicopter that dropped off sandbags needed to shore up a soft dike on the Assiniboine River Tuesday afternoon. May 17, 2011 Photo Store

  • Delta Beach, Manitoba-   Rick Henderson wades through water at a cottage that had its cement deck and insides ripped out at East Delta Beach Thursday. High winds whipped up the already-flooded Lake Manitoba Tuesday afternoon and destroyed many cottages and homes in the area.
June 02, 2011

    Delta Beach, Manitoba- Rick Henderson wades through water at a cottage that had its cement deck and insides ripped out at East Delta Beach Thursday. High winds whipped up the already-flooded Lake Manitoba Tuesday afternoon and destroyed many cottages and homes in the area. June 02, 2011 Photo Store

  • A child peers from the front doorway of Richard Andrews' trailer in Wasagamack First Nation.  It is in filthy condition, has mould, and is overpopulated by over 13 people living inside. It has no running water. 
August 18, 2011

    A child peers from the front doorway of Richard Andrews' trailer in Wasagamack First Nation. It is in filthy condition, has mould, and is overpopulated by over 13 people living inside. It has no running water. August 18, 2011 Photo Store

  • Double Fatal MVA- While Winnipeg Police were busy Sunday morning trying to piece together a tragic double fatal mva on Dugald Road just west of Plessis Road involving a tow truck, two men arrived on scene and burst through the police lines running towards the accident scene. Four Winnipeg Police Cadets had no choice but to tackle the men. The two were detained briefly until police were able to calm them down and remove them from the scene The tow truck travelling east bound lost control, crushed a tree and burst into flames early Sunday. October 01, 2011

    Double Fatal MVA- While Winnipeg Police were busy Sunday morning trying to piece together a tragic double fatal mva on Dugald Road just west of Plessis Road involving a tow truck, two men arrived on scene and burst through the police lines running towards the accident scene. Four Winnipeg Police Cadets had no choice but to tackle the men. The two were detained briefly until police were able to calm them down and remove them from the scene The tow truck travelling east bound lost control, crushed a tree and burst into flames early Sunday. October 01, 2011 Photo Store

  • PC Manitoba leader Hugh McFadyen shows dejection at Canad Inns Polo Park Tuesday night during a pause in his concession speech McFadyen lost the provincial election to NDP leader Greg Selinger.
October 04, 2011

    PC Manitoba leader Hugh McFadyen shows dejection at Canad Inns Polo Park Tuesday night during a pause in his concession speech McFadyen lost the provincial election to NDP leader Greg Selinger. October 04, 2011 Photo Store

  • A lady known as Yolanda holds a rose after eating at the annual turkey dinner Thanksgiving Monday at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg. Bouquets of flowers from an anonymous donor were given to those who attended.
October 09, 2011

    A lady known as Yolanda holds a rose after eating at the annual turkey dinner Thanksgiving Monday at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg. Bouquets of flowers from an anonymous donor were given to those who attended. October 09, 2011 Photo Store

  • Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec gets the puck in the helmet during first period NHL action Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Centre in Chicago.
October 13, 2011

    Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec gets the puck in the helmet during first period NHL action Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Centre in Chicago. October 13, 2011 Photo Store

  • Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, top, and Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan watch the puck during the first period at a Saturday NHL game at the Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Coyotes claimed the original Winnipeg Jets in relocation in 1996. The current Winnipeg Jets came from a relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011. 
October 15, 2011

    Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, top, and Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan watch the puck during the first period at a Saturday NHL game at the Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Coyotes claimed the original Winnipeg Jets in relocation in 1996. The current Winnipeg Jets came from a relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011. October 15, 2011 Photo Store

  • Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele practices his fancy stick work during a morning skate Wednesday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
September 28, 2011

    Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele practices his fancy stick work during a morning skate Wednesday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. September 28, 2011 Photo Store

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Jason Vega celebrates the 19-3 Eastern Final win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and a berth in the 2011 Grey Cup in Vancouver.
Novemeber 20, 2011

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Jason Vega celebrates the 19-3 Eastern Final win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and a berth in the 2011 Grey Cup in Vancouver. Novemeber 20, 2011 Photo Store

  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon. Monarch butterflies start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost.
August 22, 2011

    A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon. Monarch butterflies start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost. August 22, 2011 Photo Store

  • Only a few days before Remembrance Day, hundreds of Canadian geese have been seen in the field of honour at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. 
November 06, 2011

    Only a few days before Remembrance Day, hundreds of Canadian geese have been seen in the field of honour at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. November 06, 2011 Photo Store

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