• 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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  • April 22, 2013

    Waste in the water: Bycatch fishing on Lake Manitoba

    Early in the spring on the northeast corner of Lake Manitoba, commercial fisher Frank Kenyon spends an overcast morning pulling up nets on the ice of Portage Bay. Filling the nets are northern pike, lake whitefish and walleye - all valuable - but roughly 50 per cent of the catch is made up of undesirable fish species. Fish that Kenyon will leave on the ice because the market price is too low to send the catch for processing in Winnipeg, and he is barred from sending it to markets outside Canada. Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/fyi/Want-not-Waste-lot-203901541.html

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  • Some of these fish are left on Lake Manitoba after they've been caught. Randy Strawa sits in the background after processing some of the days catch. (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Some of these fish are left on Lake Manitoba after they've been caught. Randy Strawa sits in the background after processing some of the days catch. (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Randy Strawa and Frank Kenyon draw in one of around 45 nets they've set on Lake Manitoba. They travel on snowmobiles and use a heated hut for shelter. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Randy Strawa and Frank Kenyon draw in one of around 45 nets they've set on Lake Manitoba. They travel on snowmobiles and use a heated hut for shelter. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • In this diptic, Frank Kenyon is shown preparing to go out on the ice for the day to fish, with bycatch lying about his lake side propery. ANd On the right he cuts a hole with an auger into the ice of Lake Manitoba. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    In this diptic, Frank Kenyon is shown preparing to go out on the ice for the day to fish, with bycatch lying about his lake side propery. ANd On the right he cuts a hole with an auger into the ice of Lake Manitoba. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Kenyon draws in one of the nets he and Randy Strawa have placed. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Kenyon draws in one of the nets he and Randy Strawa have placed. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A Northern Pike (also known as a jackfish) bit off more than it could chew when it attempted to feast on a perch already trapped in the gill net. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    A Northern Pike (also known as a jackfish) bit off more than it could chew when it attempted to feast on a perch already trapped in the gill net. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Strawa tosses a pickerel into a pile. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Strawa tosses a pickerel into a pile. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Kenyon reflects on the amount of waste left on site as he cuts off the heads and cleans out his catch on Lake Manitoba. The offal is left behind on the ice to rot or be eaten by crows and other wildlife. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Kenyon reflects on the amount of waste left on site as he cuts off the heads and cleans out his catch on Lake Manitoba. The offal is left behind on the ice to rot or be eaten by crows and other wildlife. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Prior to heading out on the ice, Kenyon reflects over breakfast at the Fairford Bridge Convenience store and restaurant in Fairford, MB. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Prior to heading out on the ice, Kenyon reflects over breakfast at the Fairford Bridge Convenience store and restaurant in Fairford, MB. . (Jessica Burtnick / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Fish filleting line at the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation processing plant on Plessis Road. The Winnipeg fish processing plant  receives fish from Manitoba commercial fishers, processes and ships fish all over the world. Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press

    Fish filleting line at the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation processing plant on Plessis Road. The Winnipeg fish processing plant receives fish from Manitoba commercial fishers, processes and ships fish all over the world. Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

  • Fish fillets fall off a conveyor in the FFMC plant. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Fish fillets fall off a conveyor in the FFMC plant. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Fish travel along the conveyers to the freezer. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Fish travel along the conveyers to the freezer. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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