• (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

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  • January 23, 2012

    Week in local photos: January 15-22, 2012

    The best local images shot in the past week.

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  • Michael Manning sits in his hotel room after giving an impact statement at Stony Mountain Institution Wednesday. Manning says the man who killed his daughter in 1994 should never have been allowed an aboriginal-style hearing, since the man is not aboriginal.  January 18, 2012 
(Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    Michael Manning sits in his hotel room after giving an impact statement at Stony Mountain Institution Wednesday. Manning says the man who killed his daughter in 1994 should never have been allowed an aboriginal-style hearing, since the man is not aboriginal. January 18, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • John K. Samson poses for a portrait in a downtown parkade promoting his solo album titled Provincial. 
(KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    John K. Samson poses for a portrait in a downtown parkade promoting his solo album titled Provincial. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Gentil Misigaro, who immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, performs on the Esplanade Riel Monday January 16, 2012.  His portrait was taken for the Free Press' Africa Edition. 
(John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Gentil Misigaro, who immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, performs on the Esplanade Riel Monday January 16, 2012. His portrait was taken for the Free Press' Africa Edition. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Sabee Larson, 6, sits in the arms of her relative, Maggie Yeboah, during the start of service at Crestview Park Free Methodist Church on Cavalier, January 15, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Sabee Larson, 6, sits in the arms of her relative, Maggie Yeboah, during the start of service at Crestview Park Free Methodist Church on Cavalier, January 15, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Natasha Meekis, 9, thrashes the heavy bag at GoJo Gym Tuesday during an after-school boxing program.  January 17, 2012
 (Phil Hossack - Winnipeg Free Press)

    Natasha Meekis, 9, thrashes the heavy bag at GoJo Gym Tuesday during an after-school boxing program. January 17, 2012 (Phil Hossack - Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • NHL hopefuls (L to R) Justin Metcalf, Tyler Gagliardi, and Zach Lamothe listen to a WHL presentation at the Canad Inns Polo Park Monday, January 16, 2012.    
(John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

    NHL hopefuls (L to R) Justin Metcalf, Tyler Gagliardi, and Zach Lamothe listen to a WHL presentation at the Canad Inns Polo Park Monday, January 16, 2012. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • A crisp winter sun and its dog set behind the Esplanade Riel as a cold mist rises over the open Red River.  January 17, 2012
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

    A crisp winter sun and its dog set behind the Esplanade Riel as a cold mist rises over the open Red River. January 17, 2012 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Emergency crews and construction workers evaluate the scene where a vehicle crashed through a railing on the Disraeli Bridge near Midwinter Ave. and fell on the shore of the Red River. Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, died in the crash.
January 18, 2012      
(KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Emergency crews and construction workers evaluate the scene where a vehicle crashed through a railing on the Disraeli Bridge near Midwinter Ave. and fell on the shore of the Red River. Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, died in the crash. January 18, 2012 (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Emergency crews and construction workers evaluate the scene where a vehicle crashed through a railing on the Disraeli Bridge near Midwinter Ave. and fell on the shore of the Red River. Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, died in the crash.
January 18, 2012     
(WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Emergency crews and construction workers evaluate the scene where a vehicle crashed through a railing on the Disraeli Bridge near Midwinter Ave. and fell on the shore of the Red River. Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, died in the crash. January 18, 2012 (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Concrete barriers block the gap in the handrail that was broken when Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, lost control of her car and drove off the Disraeli Bridge plummeting over thirty feet to her death.  January 19, 2012  
(MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Concrete barriers block the gap in the handrail that was broken when Kaitlyn Jenna Lee Fraser, 19, lost control of her car and drove off the Disraeli Bridge plummeting over thirty feet to her death. January 19, 2012 (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)   (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • An ice sculpture and warm-up hut created by architect Frank Gehry starts to take form by workers at The Forks Tuesday. January 17, 2012
 (Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    An ice sculpture and warm-up hut created by architect Frank Gehry starts to take form by workers at The Forks Tuesday. January 17, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Freezing cold nor blistering wind chills will keep this postal carrier from his appointed rounds. A snow-covered Richard Hughes delivers the mail on Burrows Avenue near Arlington Wednesday.   
(KEN GIGLIOTTI /  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Freezing cold nor blistering wind chills will keep this postal carrier from his appointed rounds. A snow-covered Richard Hughes delivers the mail on Burrows Avenue near Arlington Wednesday. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Looking for Cover- A pedestrian covers her face to protect herself from windchill while running down Main Street in Wednesday afternoon.  January 18, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Looking for Cover- A pedestrian covers her face to protect herself from windchill while running down Main Street in Wednesday afternoon. January 18, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The cold windchill didn't stop avid walker Ken Cherney from his daily six-mile walk around Assiniboine Park Wednesday. January 18, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    The cold windchill didn't stop avid walker Ken Cherney from his daily six-mile walk around Assiniboine Park Wednesday. January 18, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • People line up in the frigid cold on Main Street at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday afternoon to get a cup of soup and a warm coffee. January 19, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    People line up in the frigid cold on Main Street at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday afternoon to get a cup of soup and a warm coffee. January 19, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Winnipeg firefighters at the scene of a bungalow fire in the 300 block of Magnus Avenue Friday morning. The two adult male occupants were out of the house uninjured when fire fighters arrived. January 12, 2012
(WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg firefighters at the scene of a bungalow fire in the 300 block of Magnus Avenue Friday morning. The two adult male occupants were out of the house uninjured when fire fighters arrived. January 12, 2012 (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Firefighters at the scene of a house fire Monday morning on Minerva Avenue south of St. Norbert off Hwy. 75. January 16, 2012
(WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Firefighters at the scene of a house fire Monday morning on Minerva Avenue south of St. Norbert off Hwy. 75. January 16, 2012 (WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) ends up under Florida Panthers' goaltender Scott Clemmensen (30) during first period action at MTS Centre Saturday, January 21, 2012. 
 (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) ends up under Florida Panthers' goaltender Scott Clemmensen (30) during first period action at MTS Centre Saturday, January 21, 2012. (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)   (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Buffalo Sabres Jochen Hecht covers up after finding himself the target of his own team inside the Winnipeg Jets net with Ondrej Pavelec during second-period action Thursday.  Hecht drew a two-minute interference call on the play. January 18, 2012 
(Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Buffalo Sabres Jochen Hecht covers up after finding himself the target of his own team inside the Winnipeg Jets net with Ondrej Pavelec during second-period action Thursday. Hecht drew a two-minute interference call on the play. January 18, 2012 (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Carissa Kaminski loads up on purses and laughs with friends at the 7th annual Sister's Closet at Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc at their office at 455 McDermot Ave Thursday. The program encouraged Winnipeggers to drop off gently-used business clothing, shoes, and jewelry to support women in their goal to gain an education and move into the workforce. Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc is a community-based Aboriginal non-profit organization that helps educate and prepare women for the workforce. January 19, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Carissa Kaminski loads up on purses and laughs with friends at the 7th annual Sister's Closet at Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc at their office at 455 McDermot Ave Thursday. The program encouraged Winnipeggers to drop off gently-used business clothing, shoes, and jewelry to support women in their goal to gain an education and move into the workforce. Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc is a community-based Aboriginal non-profit organization that helps educate and prepare women for the workforce. January 19, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Young brothers Silla Musaka, 3 (in blue), and Manuel, 4 (green),  laugh and giggle as they play outside their home in the snow.  Their parents are from Congo and have adapted well to their new life in Canada. January 17, 2012 
(Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    Young brothers Silla Musaka, 3 (in blue), and Manuel, 4 (green), laugh and giggle as they play outside their home in the snow. Their parents are from Congo and have adapted well to their new life in Canada. January 17, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Rick Hansen signs medal bearer Rick Lafreniere's poster and book at The Forks Friday afternoon during the Man in Motion 25th Anniversary Relay.   January 20, 2012 
(Ruth Bonneville /  Winnipeg Free Press)

    Rick Hansen signs medal bearer Rick Lafreniere's poster and book at The Forks Friday afternoon during the Man in Motion 25th Anniversary Relay. January 20, 2012 (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • Winnipeg personality and comedian Aisha Alfa has written a column about her much-beloved afro hair.  January 15, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg personality and comedian Aisha Alfa has written a column about her much-beloved afro hair. January 15, 2012 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • The Wonderful Wedding Show. Young angels in the fashion show blow bubbles to the crowd. January 22, 2012 
(BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The Wonderful Wedding Show. Young angels in the fashion show blow bubbles to the crowd. January 22, 2012 (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)   (Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

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