• (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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  • December 30, 2011

    Photos of the year: National

    Sweeping vistas — Some were swept away by passion, others by tragedy. A little girl — and a prime minister — had their most fervent wishes granted. And a movement that occupied a lot of our attention ended with a whimper. These are our national photos of the year.

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  • The coffin of the late NDP Leader Jack Layton sits under a spotlight during his state funeral at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Saturday, August 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    The coffin of the late NDP Leader Jack Layton sits under a spotlight during his state funeral at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Saturday, August 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Photo Store

  • NDP Leader Jack Layton raises his cane to the crowd at a campaign rally in Burnaby, B.C. on Friday, April 30, 2011.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    NDP Leader Jack Layton raises his cane to the crowd at a campaign rally in Burnaby, B.C. on Friday, April 30, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Photo Store

  • Kathee Reichennek wears a replica of late NDP leader Jack Layton's mustache as a candle is reflected in her glasses during a candlelight vigil for Layton in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday August 22, 2011. Layton passed away early Monday morning in Toronto after a second battle with cancer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    Kathee Reichennek wears a replica of late NDP leader Jack Layton's mustache as a candle is reflected in her glasses during a candlelight vigil for Layton in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday August 22, 2011. Layton passed away early Monday morning in Toronto after a second battle with cancer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Photo Store

  • Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

    Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Photo Store

  • A police officer runs past debris and fires after rioters burned police cars after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL's Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 15, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    A police officer runs past debris and fires after rioters burned police cars after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL's Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 15, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Photo Store

  • Vancouver Canucks hockey fans take part in a riot in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 following the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey final.   THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Vancouver Canucks hockey fans take part in a riot in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 following the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey final. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Photo Store

  • Two Canadian soldiers comfort each other as they pay their respects to a fallen comrade at the war memorial after the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field Friday, November 11, 2011  in Kandahar, Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Two Canadian soldiers comfort each other as they pay their respects to a fallen comrade at the war memorial after the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field Friday, November 11, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Photo Store

  • An Occupy Toronto protester reacts to the ruling that states the trespass bylaw under which protesters were told to take down their tents is valid,  in St. James Park in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    An Occupy Toronto protester reacts to the ruling that states the trespass bylaw under which protesters were told to take down their tents is valid, in St. James Park in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Photo Store

  • A Occupy Toronto protester reacts to City of Toronto workers who were clearing structures and tents, accompanied by Toronto Police at the Occupy Toronto site in St. James Park in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    A Occupy Toronto protester reacts to City of Toronto workers who were clearing structures and tents, accompanied by Toronto Police at the Occupy Toronto site in St. James Park in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Photo Store

  • Debbie Hakkers looks for possessions in the second floor bedroom of her tornado-ravaged house in Goderich, Ontario on Monday, August 22, 2011.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    Debbie Hakkers looks for possessions in the second floor bedroom of her tornado-ravaged house in Goderich, Ontario on Monday, August 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Photo Store

  • Winston Blackmore is seen outside his community hall in the isolated religious commune of Bountiful, B.C.Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. A B.C. judge said Wednesday, in a landmark case that is almost certainly destined for the Supreme Court of Canada, the harms that polygamy inflicts on women and children outweigh any claims to religious freedom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    Winston Blackmore is seen outside his community hall in the isolated religious commune of Bountiful, B.C.Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. A B.C. judge said Wednesday, in a landmark case that is almost certainly destined for the Supreme Court of Canada, the harms that polygamy inflicts on women and children outweigh any claims to religious freedom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Photo Store

  • Portraits of four fallen and one injured teenager look over their teammates as the Grand Prairie Composite High School Warriors bow their heads during a moment of silence before the start of a semi-final playoff football game in Grand Prairie, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Four players from the Warriors were killed in a car crash near the town last weekend, and a fifth remains in hospital with head injuries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

    Portraits of four fallen and one injured teenager look over their teammates as the Grand Prairie Composite High School Warriors bow their heads during a moment of silence before the start of a semi-final playoff football game in Grand Prairie, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Four players from the Warriors were killed in a car crash near the town last weekend, and a fifth remains in hospital with head injuries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Photo Store

  • Canadian Press reporter Alexandra Posadzki leans over Toronto's downtown while participating in a media preview of EdgeWalk on the CN Tower Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Participants are strapped in to a harness as they walk along a walkway around the CN Tower. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

    Canadian Press reporter Alexandra Posadzki leans over Toronto's downtown while participating in a media preview of EdgeWalk on the CN Tower Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Participants are strapped in to a harness as they walk along a walkway around the CN Tower. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Photo Store

  • The Duke of Cambridge talks to a young man as he and the and the Duchess visit Maison Dauphine in visit Quebec City on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Maison Dauphine provides shelter and services to underprivileged children and families.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    The Duke of Cambridge talks to a young man as he and the and the Duchess visit Maison Dauphine in visit Quebec City on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Maison Dauphine provides shelter and services to underprivileged children and families. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Photo Store

  • The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive to take part in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, July 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive to take part in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, July 1, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Photo Store

  • The Duchess of Cambridge hugs six-year-old Diamond Marshall as the Royal Couple arrives in Calgary Thursday, July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Dentte

    The Duchess of Cambridge hugs six-year-old Diamond Marshall as the Royal Couple arrives in Calgary Thursday, July 7, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Dentte Photo Store

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at a burned-out car in Slave Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The couple will meet rescue workers and families who lost everything in May's devastating wildfire.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at a burned-out car in Slave Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The couple will meet rescue workers and families who lost everything in May's devastating wildfire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Photo Store

  • All that remains of a house in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Monday, May 16, 2011 is a set of steps. Whole neighbourhoods were flattened by a devastating wildfirethat swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 40% of the buildings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

    All that remains of a house in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Monday, May 16, 2011 is a set of steps. Whole neighbourhoods were flattened by a devastating wildfirethat swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 40% of the buildings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson Photo Store

  • Four-year-old Jack Robertson wears the Red Serge as he stands with RCMP officers during an RCMP change of command ceremony in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 11, 2011. Command of the RCMP's

    Four-year-old Jack Robertson wears the Red Serge as he stands with RCMP officers during an RCMP change of command ceremony in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 11, 2011. Command of the RCMP's "E" Division was transferred to Assistant Commissioner Peter Hourihan from Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass who has assumed the role of Deputy Commissioner West, overseeing RCMP operations in western Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Photo Store

  • Cpl. Corey Douglas, centre, jumps with teammates MCpl. Adam Winnicki, left, and Sgt. Real Baril as the SkyHawks, the Canadian Forces parachute team, do a practice jump in Petawawa, Ont., on Friday, June 10, 2011. This year is the SkyHawks 40th anniversary season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    Cpl. Corey Douglas, centre, jumps with teammates MCpl. Adam Winnicki, left, and Sgt. Real Baril as the SkyHawks, the Canadian Forces parachute team, do a practice jump in Petawawa, Ont., on Friday, June 10, 2011. This year is the SkyHawks 40th anniversary season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Photo Store

  • Mary Daniel sits on the shoulders of Marc Cannon to write a message of condolence in chalk at Nathan Phillips Square prior to the funeral of the late NDP leader Jack Layton in Toronto on Saturday, August 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

    Mary Daniel sits on the shoulders of Marc Cannon to write a message of condolence in chalk at Nathan Phillips Square prior to the funeral of the late NDP leader Jack Layton in Toronto on Saturday, August 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Photo Store

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears a headdress after being  made an honourary chief of the Blood tribe during a ceremony in Stand Off, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2011.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears a headdress after being made an honourary chief of the Blood tribe during a ceremony in Stand Off, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2011.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Photo Store

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves to the crowd following his speech during election night in Calgary, Alta, Monday, May 2, 2011.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves to the crowd following his speech during election night in Calgary, Alta, Monday, May 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Photo Store

  • Pop star Justin Bieber (centre) is surrounded by security guards as he leaves a press conference to promote his new film 'Never Say Never' in Toronto on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

    Pop star Justin Bieber (centre) is surrounded by security guards as he leaves a press conference to promote his new film 'Never Say Never' in Toronto on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Photo Store

  • Marissa Tomei is caught in the flashes as she arrives for the Gala Premiere of his film

    Marissa Tomei is caught in the flashes as she arrives for the Gala Premiere of his film "The Ides of March" at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept. 9, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Photo Store

  • Christine Russell, right kisses her two-year-old son Nolan Russell's head as they attend the funeral for Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell in Toronto on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Thousands honoured Sgt. Russell after being killed by a stole snow plow on January 12 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Christine Russell, right kisses her two-year-old son Nolan Russell's head as they attend the funeral for Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell in Toronto on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Thousands honoured Sgt. Russell after being killed by a stole snow plow on January 12 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Photo Store

  • Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011.   THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Photo Store

  • A ferry crosses the harbour through Arctic sea smoke  in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. The evaporation fog occurs when very cold air drifts across relatively warm water. Wind chill warnings are in effect across much of Eastern and Central Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

    A ferry crosses the harbour through Arctic sea smoke in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. The evaporation fog occurs when very cold air drifts across relatively warm water. Wind chill warnings are in effect across much of Eastern and Central Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Photo Store

  • A man ice fishes on French Lake near Fredericton, N.B. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

    A man ice fishes on French Lake near Fredericton, N.B. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Photo Store

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