• (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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  • June 15, 2013

    The operating theatre

    INSIDE THE WINNIPEG HUMANE SOCIETY’S ANIMAL HOSPITAL: Staff — and there are four vets, five animal health technologists, and six vet assistants/receptionists — spay or neuter between 20 to 40 animals, perform one or two complex surgeries and complete 100 examinations, treatments and lab tests to get their furry friends ready for adoption. And that’s just a typical day.

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  • The holding cages.

    The holding cages.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Next? Cats wait to be fixed.

    Next? Cats wait to be fixed.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Anseeuw works with animals in the clinic.

    Anseeuw works with animals in the clinic.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Dr. Erika Anseeuw examines an x-ray of a cat with a fractured leg.

    Dr. Erika Anseeuw examines an x-ray of a cat with a fractured leg.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Anseeuw does an initial check on a dog that came to the clinic.

    Anseeuw does an initial check on a dog that came to the clinic.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Preparing for a check on the tear ducts on an older dog in the adoption program.

    Preparing for a check on the tear ducts on an older dog in the adoption program.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A dog's eyes are illuminated by ultraviolet light. The vet administers special eye drops that can illuminate eye problems.

    A dog's eyes are illuminated by ultraviolet light. The vet administers special eye drops that can illuminate eye problems.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Checking eyesight on an older dog by setting up an obstacle course to see if she bumps into things.

    Checking eyesight on an older dog by setting up an obstacle course to see if she bumps into things.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A cat awaits a medical procedure in the holding cages.

    A cat awaits a medical procedure in the holding cages.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A cat awaits a surgery.

    A cat awaits a surgery.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • The vet sews up after a cat spaying procedure.

    The vet sews up after a cat spaying procedure.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs holds extracted ovaries of a cat that are going to be sent away to the USA for research.

    Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs holds extracted ovaries of a cat that are going to be sent away to the USA for research.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Blood samples testing for various disorders.

    Blood samples testing for various disorders.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs, right, prepares to send off the ovaries of a cat wish a rare disorder. They are working with a research project in the United States.

    Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs, right, prepares to send off the ovaries of a cat wish a rare disorder. They are working with a research project in the United States.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • The busy OR of the vet hospital. A list on the wall keeps task in order.

    The busy OR of the vet hospital. A list on the wall keeps task in order.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • Animal Health Technician Crystal Pariseau and vet student Sarah Wilson try to get a blood sample for tests.

    Animal Health Technician Crystal Pariseau and vet student Sarah Wilson try to get a blood sample for tests.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Preparations for surgery.

    Preparations for surgery.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Vicki Farmer adjusts gas levels before the procedure.

    Vicki Farmer adjusts gas levels before the procedure.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A cat is encouraged to wake up after an operation in the arms of veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs.

    A cat is encouraged to wake up after an operation in the arms of veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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  • Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs comforts a dog in the animal hospital.

    Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Youngs comforts a dog in the animal hospital.   (Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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