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In any given year, Winnipeg Free Press photographers take thousands of photographs.
Some reflect the hard news of the day and make it to the front page, while others capture the joy, sadness and challenges of life in Manitoba.
Then there are those that resonate with the photographers long after the click of the shutter.
Free Press staff photographers share the stories behind their choices for photos of the year.
Stanley Cup fever swept through Portage and Main NHL Stanley Cup after the Winnipeg Jets clinched their first playoff birth since rejoining the league. I was sent to some local sports bars downtown to get fans watching the games on TV.
As soon as they were declared a playoff team the bars spilled into the streets and the police shut down the famous intersection to accommodate celebrations. The crowds kept on coming.
Everyone was partying and singing and dancing. It was the most Winnipeg energy I’ve seen in years.
I captured this image of people bodysurfing the crowd. Although copious amounts of beer was chugged at the spontaneous gathering, not one fight broke out, not one person was arrested, and not one piece of litter was left behind. Very Winnipeg-like…
In September, I was given an assignment to head down to Colvin Davis’ farm near Broomhill, a ghost town in southwest Manitoba. It was for a story by Free Press writer Bill Redekop on the legendary Broomhill Bird Dog Trails.
One early morning, Alabama native Davis took us out on his land that he used to train English pointers for nearly a half century. He travelled on horseback while his dog Cooper, demonstrating his tracking skills, buzzed back and forth through the grass looking for game birds.
The fog was thick and it was almost impossible to see anything. Then, in a magical 20-minute window, the fog dissipated near Davis and Cooper.
It was an amazing opportunity to create a wonderful photograph. The picture has remained on my computer desktop since. I love the light, love that subject, and loved the history.
This is Rozalynde and, yes, her personality is as whimsical as the spelling of her name. I met her when I was shooting a video for a story on the uncertain fate of her impressive doll collection.
We visited her home — reporter Alexandra Paul, photographer Ruth Bonneville and I, the three of us feeling like a small army when only two could fit in the living room at a time.
The others left, but I had time to stay and get to know her a bit better. This picture caught her in a peaceful moment as she was making coffee for us. It was one of those rare times in life when you see who another person truly is, and I tried to capture that essence of her.
It's not a once-in-a–lifetime moment, a spectacularly lit portrait, or even a particularly special event, but it's real. It's life.
The best pictures catch just a glimpse of who that person is, and I hope to have peeked behind that mask while taking this one.
This photo stands out for me because of how content a person can be in what seems like such a stark setting.
While in the Selkirk area for another story, I was surprised to see several dozen fishermen already out on the ice despite the mild fall temperatures. As I stood on the bank of the Red River, I saw an arm wave me over. I eased my way onto the ice and toward to the two men fishing.
"It doesn't get any better than this! It's what life's all about," said Stu Gordon as I took his picture, even before he had caught a fish.
We swapped a few fishing stories, and I was even offered a fishing rod. Sadly, I had to decline and get back to Winnipeg, but I did land this favourite photo.