• 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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  • December 23, 2012

    Walk of Life

    Photojournalist Phil Hossack follows a medical team from a single Winnipeg operation to four days, 39 patients, and 49 knee replacement surgeries in Managua, Nicaragua for Operation Walk, a Los Angeles-based organization providing orthopedic surgery to underprivileged populations around the world. Visit wfp.to/operationwalk for the full story and videos.

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  • MANAGUA - A nurse tends to paper work in the emergency ward in Managua, Nicaragua.

    MANAGUA - A nurse tends to paper work in the emergency ward in Managua, Nicaragua. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Surgical candidate Maria Gomez clutches her files and x-rays as she waits for an assessment by the Operation Walk team.

    MANAGUA - Surgical candidate Maria Gomez clutches her files and x-rays as she waits for an assessment by the Operation Walk team. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Maria Gomez is assessed by specialists from the Operation Walk team prior to surgery.

    MANAGUA - Maria Gomez is assessed by specialists from the Operation Walk team prior to surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Patients arrive for an assessment clinic at Hospital Escuela.

    MANAGUA - Patients arrive for an assessment clinic at Hospital Escuela. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Lucia Moyorga arrives with her son for a pre-operation assessment by the Operation Walk team.

    MANAGUA - Lucia Moyorga arrives with her son for a pre-operation assessment by the Operation Walk team. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Patients wait for surgery in the men's ward.

    MANAGUA - Patients wait for surgery in the men's ward. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Prior to the first operation, Dr. Jason Crosby lifts Juan Canda's leg as Surgeon David Heddon watches. Juan was one of the first two patients operated on in Managua by Winnipeg's Op-Walk team.

    MANAGUA - Prior to the first operation, Dr. Jason Crosby lifts Juan Canda's leg as Surgeon David Heddon watches. Juan was one of the first two patients operated on in Managua by Winnipeg's Op-Walk team. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - A patient waits for bi-lateral surgery to replace both knees.

    MANAGUA - A patient waits for bi-lateral surgery to replace both knees. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega is wheeled to the OR by the Operation Walk team from Winnipeg.

    MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega is wheeled to the OR by the Operation Walk team from Winnipeg. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - (l-r) Surgeon Eric Bohm, Dr. Jon March and Dr. Jason Crosby work on replacing a knee while Nicaraguan surgical nurses watch.

    MANAGUA - (l-r) Surgeon Eric Bohm, Dr. Jon March and Dr. Jason Crosby work on replacing a knee while Nicaraguan surgical nurses watch. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - A nurse carries wrapped sterile instruments to the OR for Winnipeg's Operation Walk team as surgery begins.

    MANAGUA - A nurse carries wrapped sterile instruments to the OR for Winnipeg's Operation Walk team as surgery begins. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - David Heddon at work.

    MANAGUA - David Heddon at work. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Steady hands and delicate tools during a knee replacement.

    MANAGUA - Steady hands and delicate tools during a knee replacement. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Surgeons suture a knee after surgery.

    MANAGUA - Surgeons suture a knee after surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Surrounded by empty beds waiting for the next Op-Walk patients, Sylvia Vega recovers under the care of nurse Elaine Hassan in post-op.

    MANAGUA - Surrounded by empty beds waiting for the next Op-Walk patients, Sylvia Vega recovers under the care of nurse Elaine Hassan in post-op. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega's daughter mirrors her mother's smile after coming to the ward following her operation, the first by the Operation Walk team.

    MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega's daughter mirrors her mother's smile after coming to the ward following her operation, the first by the Operation Walk team. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Families arrive at Managua's Hospital Escuela to visit and support  relatives.

    MANAGUA - Families arrive at Managua's Hospital Escuela to visit and support relatives. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega is greeted by smiling visitors as she arrives on the ward after surgery in Managua.

    MANAGUA - Sylvia Vega is greeted by smiling visitors as she arrives on the ward after surgery in Managua. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Suffering in the heat, Lucia Moyorga urges her son to fan her harder after a short walk the day following her surgery.

    MANAGUA - Suffering in the heat, Lucia Moyorga urges her son to fan her harder after a short walk the day following her surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Lucia Moyorga is supported by Adian Salonga, left, and Victor Medina as she gets to her feet for the first time following surgery.

    MANAGUA - Lucia Moyorga is supported by Adian Salonga, left, and Victor Medina as she gets to her feet for the first time following surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - The morning following his surgery, Juan Canda grimaces as he sinks into a chair after his first walk with physiotherapists Ian WIndle, left, and Adrian Salonga. Juan received bilateral surgery.

    MANAGUA - The morning following his surgery, Juan Canda grimaces as he sinks into a chair after his first walk with physiotherapists Ian WIndle, left, and Adrian Salonga. Juan received bilateral surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - The morning after his bilateral surgery, Canda's dress shoes wait for his first walk.

    MANAGUA - The morning after his bilateral surgery, Canda's dress shoes wait for his first walk. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Canda explores the hallway past his recovery ward under the watchful care of Op-Walk staff in Managua.

    MANAGUA - Canda explores the hallway past his recovery ward under the watchful care of Op-Walk staff in Managua. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Using a single cane and carrying his crutches, Canda leaves Hospital Escuela for home four days after bilateral surgery.

    MANAGUA - Using a single cane and carrying his crutches, Canda leaves Hospital Escuela for home four days after bilateral surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Canada walks to his home on the outskirts of Managua four days after receiving bilateral knee replacement surgery.

    MANAGUA - Canada walks to his home on the outskirts of Managua four days after receiving bilateral knee replacement surgery. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Happy to be home at last, a beaming Juan Canda rests by his daughters Cindy, left, and Alycia.

    MANAGUA - Happy to be home at last, a beaming Juan Canda rests by his daughters Cindy, left, and Alycia. Photo Store

  • MANAGUA - Security carries AK-47s at Hospital Escuela, a public teaching hospital where care is provided by the government.

    MANAGUA - Security carries AK-47s at Hospital Escuela, a public teaching hospital where care is provided by the government. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Stepping carefully out onto his front step, Bill Desjardins waits for his knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital.

    WINNIPEG - Stepping carefully out onto his front step, Bill Desjardins waits for his knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Waiting in pre-op, Bill Desjardins speaks with the Concordia Hospital's pharmacist before knee replacement surgery.

    WINNIPEG - Waiting in pre-op, Bill Desjardins speaks with the Concordia Hospital's pharmacist before knee replacement surgery. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Surgeon Dr. Thomas Turgeon checks digital x-rays prior to knee replacement surgery.

    WINNIPEG - Surgeon Dr. Thomas Turgeon checks digital x-rays prior to knee replacement surgery. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Nurse Alison Bartel prepares Dr. Thomas Turgeon for knee replacement surgery.

    WINNIPEG - Nurse Alison Bartel prepares Dr. Thomas Turgeon for knee replacement surgery. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Turgeon performs knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital.

    WINNIPEG - Turgeon performs knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Turgeon performs knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital.

    WINNIPEG - Turgeon performs knee replacement surgery at Concordia Hospital. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - An open knee is sutured after replacement surgery.

    WINNIPEG - An open knee is sutured after replacement surgery. Photo Store

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  • WINNIPEG - Nurse Alison Bartel reassures Bill Desjardins prior to moving him to post-op after knee replacement surgery.

    WINNIPEG - Nurse Alison Bartel reassures Bill Desjardins prior to moving him to post-op after knee replacement surgery. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Sleeping in the post op ICU, Desjardins' vital signs are monitored by a nurse.

    WINNIPEG - Sleeping in the post op ICU, Desjardins' vital signs are monitored by a nurse. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - The morning after, Bill Desjardins is up and moving as physiotherapist  Adrian Salonga coaches him down the hospital ward hall.

    WINNIPEG - The morning after, Bill Desjardins is up and moving as physiotherapist Adrian Salonga coaches him down the hospital ward hall. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - Bill DesJardins holds the 30 staples used to close the incision made  to replace his right knee.

    WINNIPEG - Bill DesJardins holds the 30 staples used to close the incision made to replace his right knee. Photo Store

  • WINNIPEG - DesJardins makes his way across his living room three weeks after surgery.

    WINNIPEG - DesJardins makes his way across his living room three weeks after surgery. Photo Store

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