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Images from around the world chosen by the photo desk at the Brandon Sun.

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  • July 17, 2015

    Exposure: Off to the races

    In small towns around Manitoba each weekend in the summer, a familiar ritual unfolds — the clapping of hoofs, the tinny voice of an announcer over a loudspeaker and the sight of horses and colourful banners appearing from clouds of dust. The Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing Circuit has been a faithful feature of country life for decades and although changing demographics and the introduction of video lottery terminals and casinos have presented challenges to the gentle bets of the race track, a dedicated band of participants and fans has kept the show alive. Drivers and trainers generally have other jobs, and count themselves lucky to make gas money. For the past 15 years, the circuit has run with 24 days of racing in six to eight different venues. A typical weekend features 16 to 20 races with more than 100 horses competing for purses that range from $1,300-$1,800 per race. This weekend sees the races go to Holland, followed by Miami and Killarney among other stops — full schedules can be found on the group’s website at msri.ca.

  • Racers round the final corner on the first race of the day during harness racing in Glenboro on Sunday afternoon. Racers, trainers and fans from across the province and Saskatchewan turned out for the Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing circuit, which travels to various towns throughout Manitoba, with the action moving this weekend to Holland.

    Racers round the final corner on the first race of the day during harness racing in Glenboro on Sunday afternoon. Racers, trainers and fans from across the province and Saskatchewan turned out for the Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing circuit, which travels to various towns throughout Manitoba, with the action moving this weekend to Holland.

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  • July 17, 2015

    Exposure: Canada Day in Westman

    Brandon Sun photographers Colin Corneau and Tim Smith captured activities in the Westman area during Canada Day celebrations.

  • Morgan Boryskiewich shows her painted face during Canada Day festivities at Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park.

    Morgan Boryskiewich shows her painted face during Canada Day festivities at Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park.

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  • July 17, 2015

    Exposure: Our Lady of the Prairies

    A little ways south of Holland on Highway 35 sits the Notre Dame Des Prairies (Our Lady of the Prairies) Monastery, where six elderly Trappist monks tend to their large property, make and sell cheese, and spend their days in prayer. The Trappists are a Roman Catholic religious order that for centuries has followed The Rule of Saint Benedict, a book of precepts that describes the ideals of monastic life. The order takes its name from the La Trappe Abbey in France. The monastery sits on a large property with well manicured grounds, gardens, statues and wooded areas. Although the public is not allowed into the monastery itself, they are welcome to explore the grounds as well as visit the church and the small boutique where they can buy cheese, preserves and various religious items. Visitors can get a small glimpse into the lives of the monks that carry on centuries-old traditions in the quiet solitude of the Prairies. However, the opportunity likely won't be around forever, as all of the remaining monks are now in their twilight years.

  • Brother Jacques Besse rings the church bells during the Sext and None prayers in the church after lunch. Six monks currently reside at the monastery.

    Brother Jacques Besse rings the church bells during the Sext and None prayers in the church after lunch. Six monks currently reside at the monastery.

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  • May 22, 2015

    Exposure: The races

    Two Sundays ago, the trails at the Brandon Hills played host to the Stream ’N’ Wood MTB mountain bike race. Riders from across Manitoba challenged themselves in a variety of class categories.

  • Choe Penner leads a group of riders through the Brandon Hills during
Stream ’N’ Wood mountain bike race.

    Choe Penner leads a group of riders through the Brandon Hills during Stream ’N’ Wood mountain bike race.

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  • April 24, 2015

    Bangkok water fight by Colin Corneau

    BANGKOK — Running gun battles in the streets, women and even children targeted indiscriminately and anarchy gripping a major city marked the Songkran festival in Bangkok. But when the temperatures average 35 C, who doesn’t love a good water fight? Songkran, the Thai New Year, is most notably marked by a widespread water fights. Stores and markets sell water guns everywhere and major streets are jammed with people spraying each other and having fun. Originally celebrated as a more gentle observance involving sprinkling water on family members and elders, and to pay respects to the Buddha, it has evolved into three days of wild abandon. It also doesn’t hurt that it takes place in the hottest month of the year in an already very hot country. One interesting tradition is passersby daubing the faces of others with light-coloured mud. After even a few moments, most of the laughing combatants sport a war paint of sorts, marking them as participants in a city (and country) wide event. I decided to make portraits of these people, in between dodging constant streams and buckets of icy water. Here are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in one of the best New Year’s parties on the planet.

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  • March 19, 2015

    Prairie reboot by Tim Smith

    I’ve been in a slump. It happens, especially after I’ve put so much focus into one project for an extended period of time. When I finished producing my “Testing Positive” series, the slump hit hard. It’s hard to go from spending so much time and energy on a project and then just stopping. There’s a void. And starting a new project is always the hardest part. So photography has felt a bit emotionally draining these past few months. In early March, I had a free evening and I drove west with my cameras in shotgun. I love driving the gravel roads that intersect the prairies. When I arrived in Hartney, I was the only person on the main street. The setting sun cast beautiful light across the businesses that line the street. I took out a camera and started playing with a project idea I’ve had in my head for years but always dismissed. And god, it felt good. I’m not sure what this project will turn into but I’m excited to be playing with it, producing some different images. The following images are like little vignettes of what I hope to build the project from. My goal is a finished project that looks vastly different from what you see on the page today but you should see a connection to this work. Who knows, maybe it won’t even work out. But it feels good to be trying again.

  • The setting sun is reflected in an old farm house somewhere on the prairie near Virden.

    The setting sun is reflected in an old farm house somewhere on the prairie near Virden.

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  • March 6, 2015

    The Cutting Room Floor

    Our team of photographers are so industrious and creative, often some images fail to make the initial edit. so here are some recent photos you might not have seen in print.

  • Goalie Jordan Papirny with the Brandon Wheat Kings stands for the canadian national anthem wearing a pink jersey during Pink the Rink night in support of the Canadian Cancer Society at Westman Place on Saturday evening. The Wheaties wore pink jerseys during their 6-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice and auctioned off the jerseys raising over $30,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.  (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

    Goalie Jordan Papirny with the Brandon Wheat Kings stands for the canadian national anthem wearing a pink jersey during Pink the Rink night in support of the Canadian Cancer Society at Westman Place on Saturday evening. The Wheaties wore pink jerseys during their 6-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice and auctioned off the jerseys raising over $30,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

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  • February 23, 2015

    Polar Plunge

    78 brave Brandonites shed their clothes and donned costumes before leaping into freezing cold water for charity during the Manitoba Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at ACC's North Hill campus on Saturday afternoon. The temperature during the event hovered in the mid -20 C range. The plungers took part in the event raising $28,875 for Special Olympics Manitoba. Brandon Sun photographer captured the event.

  • A costumed participant leaps into the ice-cold water with style.

    A costumed participant leaps into the ice-cold water with style.

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  • February 20, 2015

    Northern getaway

    Ah, winter. It’s one of my favourite seasons. The cold and snow don’t faze me as long as I have something fun to do. Earlier this month, the boys — Ryan Phaneuf, Curtis Honke, Chris Tyschinski, Carter Cairnes and myself — packed up our sleds, gear and food and headed up north to Ryan’s cabin at Child’s Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, roughly three and a half hours northwest of Brandon. So far this year, we haven’t been out sledding locally due to the fact that our trail systems haven’t been groomed because of the lack of snow. So taking the trek up north was worth it. On Day 1 of our venture, we planned to ride from the cabin to Dauphin, about 250 kilometres round trip. The ride started out great — we were greeted by some deer and it seemed like we were going to be the only ones on the freshly groomed trails. We stopped every 20 to 30 minutes so the slower guys could catch up or just to take a break. Everything was going flawlessly for the first two hours into the day. Then my fun was cut short when my sled broke down about a kilometre from Grandview. Luckily Ryan’s grandfather, Lou, was available to come pick myself and my sled up and truck it back to the cabin. While we waited for the help to arrive, we had a pretty good lunch at Kings Lodge in Grandview. After lunch, we loaded my broken-down sled into the truck and I left for the cabin. The boys decided to cut their trip short and they headed back to the cabin as well. On Day 2, we just decided to pack a lunch and rip around the trails at Child’s Lake. The weather couldn’t have been any better — not too cold and not too warm. Duck Mountain is an excellent place to ride trails. There are lots of little lakes that pass through or around the trails and there are a few warming shacks dotted around the trails where you can stop and cook some lunch or just take a break to warm up. Here is a collection of photos I took while on this northern getaway. Enjoy.

  • A turn around trail at one of the warming shacks within the Duck Mountains.

    A turn around trail at one of the warming shacks within the Duck Mountains.

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  • February 18, 2015

    Year of the Sheep

    Some of Brandon's Chinese community gathered recently for a celebration to mark the Chinese New Year. The biggest event on the traditional Chinese calendar is marked with food, dance and fellowship.

  • Performers stage a traditional Lion Dance during a Chinese New Year's party, Sunday afternoon at Calvary Temple. This week marks the start of the Year of the Sheep in traditional Chinese culture.

    Performers stage a traditional Lion Dance during a Chinese New Year's party, Sunday afternoon at Calvary Temple. This week marks the start of the Year of the Sheep in traditional Chinese culture.

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  • February 3, 2015

    Relive Winter Festival

    A collection of the best shots taken during the Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival in Brandon by the Brandon Sun staff photographers Bruce Bumstead, Colin Corneau and Tim Smith.

  • Young dancers await their turn on stage beneath a banner meaning

    Young dancers await their turn on stage beneath a banner meaning "Good Fortune" at the Chinese pavilion during the opening night of the 12th annual Lieutenant-Governor's Winter Festival, Thursday evening.

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  • February 3, 2015

    Morning Yoga

    Brandon Sun Photojournalist Tim Smith photographed a yoga class at The Zen Zone on a cold January morning.

  • Lil Martin lies on her yoga mat between poses during a Gentle Vinyasa Flow yoga class at The Zen Zone on 10th Street in Brandon on Monday morning.

    Lil Martin lies on her yoga mat between poses during a Gentle Vinyasa Flow yoga class at The Zen Zone on 10th Street in Brandon on Monday morning.

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  • January 27, 2015

    Snow Day

    Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith captures Westman residents enjoying the snow.

  • The hill at Rideau Park gets some good use from sledders on Sunday as Brandonites take advantage of the warm weather.

    The hill at Rideau Park gets some good use from sledders on Sunday as Brandonites take advantage of the warm weather.

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  • January 23, 2015

    Hoar forst blankets the region

    Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the summer clothe the general earth With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall Heard only in the trances of the blast, Or if the secret ministry of frost Shall hang them up in silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet Moon. - Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Hoarfrost clings the trees and fence lines in a paster southwest of Kemnay, Man., on Tuesday. Moisture in the air collects on branches, blades of grass and wire fencing when it is cooled to its freezing point creating ice crystals known as hoar frost.

    Hoarfrost clings the trees and fence lines in a paster southwest of Kemnay, Man., on Tuesday. Moisture in the air collects on branches, blades of grass and wire fencing when it is cooled to its freezing point creating ice crystals known as hoar frost.

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  • January 20, 2015

    Grey Owl opening night

    It was hot in the kitchen when Brandon Sun staff photographer Colin Corneau grabbed some shots of the behind -the-scenes mayhem of Assiniboine Community Colleges's annual sellout restaurant. The event, which brings first-rate dining from 50 of the college's culinary arts students, runs until February 13.

  • Chef Bryan Hendricks laughs amid a pile of orders during the opening night of the annual Grey Owl dinner, Monday evening at Assiniboine Community College's North Hill campus. The event, which brings first-rate dining from 50 of the college's culinary arts students, runs until February 13.

    Chef Bryan Hendricks laughs amid a pile of orders during the opening night of the annual Grey Owl dinner, Monday evening at Assiniboine Community College's North Hill campus. The event, which brings first-rate dining from 50 of the college's culinary arts students, runs until February 13.

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  • January 19, 2015

    Winter fun in Westman

    Photographer Tim Smith captures how Brandon-area residents broke out during above-normal temperatures over the weekend.

  • A snowboarders takes a spill off a jump while riding at Ski Valley north of Minnedosa on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.

    A snowboarders takes a spill off a jump while riding at Ski Valley north of Minnedosa on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.

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  • January 12, 2015

    Dakota Ojibway Winterfest

    The annual Dakota Ojibway Winterfest took place at the Keystone Centre this past weekend attracting First Nations members from across North America. The event included a powwow, square dancing, hockey and volleyball tournaments and a wide variety of other entertainment. Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith documented the event.

  • Emilie McKinney of Swan Lake First Nation performs in the fancy shawl category during the Powwow.

    Emilie McKinney of Swan Lake First Nation performs in the fancy shawl category during the Powwow.

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  • January 2, 2015

    Colin Corneau's photos of the year

    Brandon Sun staff photographer Colin Corneau's top photos of 2014

  • Two-year-old Bowen Kou is all smiles as she takes part in a childrens' party to celebrate Chinese New Year, at the Brandon Public Library. 2014 was the Year of the Horse in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

    Two-year-old Bowen Kou is all smiles as she takes part in a childrens' party to celebrate Chinese New Year, at the Brandon Public Library. 2014 was the Year of the Horse in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

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  • December 31, 2014

    Bruce Bumstead's photos of the year

    Brandon Sun staff photographer Bruce Bumstead's top photos of 2014

  • Brandon Sun Regina Pats' captain  Kyle Burroughs pinned down Nolan Patrick following a collision to the right of the Regina Pats' net during the second period of Wednesday night's WHL playoff series game at Westman Place on March 26, 2014.

    Brandon Sun Regina Pats' captain Kyle Burroughs pinned down Nolan Patrick following a collision to the right of the Regina Pats' net during the second period of Wednesday night's WHL playoff series game at Westman Place on March 26, 2014.

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  • December 15, 2014

    Tim Smith's photos of the year

    Brandon Sun staff photographer Tim Smith's top photos of 2014

  • Sisters Sadies and Emma Poczik play in their grandparents' above-ground pool, unfazed by floodwaters being held back by a dike and super sandbags just beyond them on the south side of Grand Valley Road west of Marsden Road, hours ahead of the expected first crest of this past summer's flood. I met the sisters during the flood of 2011 as they helped to protect their grandparents' home from the rising Assiniboine River. This time, I was high above Grand Valley Road in a Cessna taking aerial photos of the flooding when I spotted the pool right next to the dike. As soon as I landed I headed down GVR, praying to the photo gods that someone would be swimming. They rarely answer. But on this Saturday I got lucky. I spent about an hour photographing the girls playing in the pool and walking along the dike. I excitedly let my editors know immediately after that I had a great flood feature photo for Monday's front, barring any big breaking news. This apparently angered the photo gods because moments later I received a phone call that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be visiting Brandon the following day. Then later that evening, a powerful storm wreaked havoc on Brandon's south end. This photo clearly wasn't going to make the front page, but we still gave it nice play in the paper.

    Sisters Sadies and Emma Poczik play in their grandparents' above-ground pool, unfazed by floodwaters being held back by a dike and super sandbags just beyond them on the south side of Grand Valley Road west of Marsden Road, hours ahead of the expected first crest of this past summer's flood. I met the sisters during the flood of 2011 as they helped to protect their grandparents' home from the rising Assiniboine River. This time, I was high above Grand Valley Road in a Cessna taking aerial photos of the flooding when I spotted the pool right next to the dike. As soon as I landed I headed down GVR, praying to the photo gods that someone would be swimming. They rarely answer. But on this Saturday I got lucky. I spent about an hour photographing the girls playing in the pool and walking along the dike. I excitedly let my editors know immediately after that I had a great flood feature photo for Monday's front, barring any big breaking news. This apparently angered the photo gods because moments later I received a phone call that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be visiting Brandon the following day. Then later that evening, a powerful storm wreaked havoc on Brandon's south end. This photo clearly wasn't going to make the front page, but we still gave it nice play in the paper.

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  • September 6, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Crossfit

    Known at least as much for the devotion it inspires in its adherents as for the extremely tough exercises — and the results — the fitness regime known as CrossFit is a philosophy as well as a workout. Over the last seven months, Tim Smith made repeated visits to the CrossFit Rocked gym in Brandon to photograph enthusiasts in training. There, people take part in a variety of custom exercises, including a Workout of the Day that is a high-intensity surprise when trainees show up. Here is a collection of Tim’s images.

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  • August 23, 2014

    Testing Positive, part two

    Part two of a special feature by photojournalist Tim Smith on a family dealing with cancer. First Cheryl's son Colin was diagnosed with leukemia. Then, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. See the August 16 edition of the Brandon Sun Weekend magazine or visit bdnsun.ca/TestingPositive1 for part one.

  • Cheryl, Emily and Colin spend a quiet Sunday evening at home, playing games and watching television.

    Cheryl, Emily and Colin spend a quiet Sunday evening at home, playing games and watching television.

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  • August 14, 2014

    Testing Positive, part one

    Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith has been following Cheryl’s family since February during their battle with cancer. He'll continue to do so for the remainder of 2014. See the August 23 edition of the Brandon Sun Weekend magazine or visit bdnsun.ca/TestingPositive2 for part two.

  • Cheryl and Colin, mother and son bonded by cancer, wrestle on the kitchen floor one evening in April.

    Cheryl and Colin, mother and son bonded by cancer, wrestle on the kitchen floor one evening in April.

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  • June 16, 2014

    Manitoba Motocross at Farm Boys Raceway

    On Sunday, June 15th, hundreds of motocross competitors kicked up mud during a variety of different motocross races at Farm Boys Raceway south of Brandon. Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith spent some time documenting the event.

  • Flag man Peter Hutchinson watches a corner to make sure there are no falls as Carson Wiebe roars past him with other racers kicking up mud during the 250 A final.

    Flag man Peter Hutchinson watches a corner to make sure there are no falls as Carson Wiebe roars past him with other racers kicking up mud during the 250 A final.

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  • June 16, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Portraits from the Manitoba Summer Fair

    Every year, the Manitoba Summer Fair brings in a wide variety of people, all eager to take in the sights, sounds, tastes and thrills of the midway and exhibition. This year Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith took portraits of a variety of fair goers to create a unique visual narrative from the fair.

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    Kallie White.