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

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  • June 9, 2014

    Behind the scenes at the IDFA Prairie Classic

    On Saturday, June 7, bodybuilders from across the province gathered at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium to compete in the International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition. The smells of tanning solutions and oils permeated the auditorium as competitors exercised and practiced their poses backstage prior to competing. For many, this was their first bodybuilding competition. A large crowd of supporters cheered for their friends from their seats as they took the stage and the event had a friendly and supportive atmosphere despite being a competition. Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith spent some time documenting the event from in front of, behind and above the stage.

  • 61-year-old Valentine Payne of Winnipeg lifts weights to pump up his muscles backstage prior to competing.

    61-year-old Valentine Payne of Winnipeg lifts weights to pump up his muscles backstage prior to competing.

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  • June 9, 2014

    Behind the Scenes at the Manitoba Summer Fair Demolition Derby

    As the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba Summer Fair rolls into Brandon every June one of the most popular events is the Demolition Derby that takes place on the last day of the fair. Crowds fill the bleachers and hug the metal fences to watch the carnage of metal hitting metal. Fans cheer as tires kick up mud, engines billow smoke and occasionally fire, and full sized cars are turned into compacts. And behind the scenes, crews of derby enthusiasts work to pound dents out of their chassis, repair brake lines and radiators, change blown tires and rig their cars up to get them running as well as they can for the next heat. In the grand scheme of life, the victories may be small but on this day to those invested in the sport, the wins taste as sweet as champagne and the losses taste as sour as vinegar.

  • Competitors crash and bash each other in hopes of taking home to trophy in the Feature heat.

    Competitors crash and bash each other in hopes of taking home to trophy in the Feature heat.

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  • May 17, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Fantastic Grand Valley Foxes

    I moved to Brandon with my wife and son in 2007 and for the first few years of our life here we lived in an old farm house on 37 acres of land on Grand Valley Road. We were privileged with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, post-shower rainbows that arced across the valley and thunderstorms that lit up the night in short bright flashes. We also were surrounded by wildlife. White tail deer traipsed all over our property bedding down in the ravines and looking for food on the land. A family of Swainson's hawks nested in a tree on the hill above our house. Coyotes would howl the night away from what sounded like right outside our bedroom windows, as would owls. Raccoons would play in the trees throughout the property and snakes and salamanders could be found in our garden. And in spring 2011, a red fox vixen built a den a few hundred metres from our kitchen window. We had close to two months to watch her kits grow as they wrestled outside their den, chased squirrels up and down our driveway and brought their mother to hysterics by leaving the den at night. We know this because we would hear them playing outside our window followed by the screams and howls of their mother trying to locate and protect them. In tribute to Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat, who passed away last weekend, and whose books Never Cry Wolf and Sea of Slaughter I have loved, here is a selection of never-before-published images from the Grand Valley fox den. I think it is important for everyone to experience the wild as often as they can in their busy lives.

  • The bravest and most curious kit settles down for a nap outside the den but something in the grass catches it's interest.

    The bravest and most curious kit settles down for a nap outside the den but something in the grass catches it's interest.

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  • May 3, 2014

    EXPOSURE: New York City Streets

    A few weeks ago, I travelled to New York to meet with editors from the New York Times, Getty Images, Time Magazine and National Geographic as part of a day of portfolio reviews curated by the New York Times. This being my first trip to the city that never sleeps, I made sure to take a few extra days to explore. I love wandering big cities aimlessly with a camera in hand. I had four days and nights to walk the streets and ride the subway, so I decided to stick mainly to Manhattan aside from a quick visit to Brooklyn. I wandered through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side and the East Village. I photographed Central Park, Battery Park, Bryant Park and the beautiful High Line park. I passed the high-end shoppers on Fifth Avenue and the Wall Street crowd, as well as the tourists taking the ferry to the Statue of Liberty or craning their necks to take in the visual over-stimulation of Times Square. I strolled through Midtown and rode the subway to Grand Central Station and Union Station. I walked for hours on end and loved every minute. I also had the fortune of having friends from Winnipeg who live in Manhattan who were more than willing to show me around and introduce me to way too much good food. This week's set of images are my attempt at street photography from the city that I grew up getting to know primarily through Ramones songs and iconic skateboarding spots like the Brooklyn Banks. I used a Fuji X100s for the majority of the photos and occasionally pulled out my iPhone and used the Hipstamatic app as well.

  • A man takes a photograph of Times Square.

    A man takes a photograph of Times Square.

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  • February 26, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Festival of the Dance

    When you've covered the same event every year for the past six years now, it can be a soul sucking challenge to approach it with a fresh set of eyes. This year for the dance portion of the Festival of the Arts I tried to create a few images that were different from my usual take. I played with multiple exposures, slow shutter speeds and different lenses to create a few more artistic images alongside my regular photos. All of the effects were created in camera using a Canon 5D Mark III.

  • In this double exposure photograph dancer Delaney Nykorak is framed within her own pupil as she performs in the Variety Solo, Own Choice, 16 Years and Under category during the dance portion of the Festival of the Arts.

    In this double exposure photograph dancer Delaney Nykorak is framed within her own pupil as she performs in the Variety Solo, Own Choice, 16 Years and Under category during the dance portion of the Festival of the Arts.

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  • January 7, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Tim Smith's Photos of the Year

    This time of year always comes way too quickly. In the photojournalism world, part of December or January is typically spent looking over one’s work, picking favourites and editing images for the annual photojournalism competitions. It’s a time to reflect on a year’s worth of work and think to myself “I thought I had better pictures.” On Jan. 1, I’ll start again, full of hope that the new year will yield better results than the prior. Some quick stats. As it stands (with a few weeks to go before 2014) I have filed approximately 3,160 images for the Brandon Sun. Most of them have run in the paper or online. Some readers may be surprised at my favourite images each year. I am drawn to life’s simple moments as well as stories and narratives that I have the privilege of documenting as they play out. My favourite images typically don’t come from big sporting or news events. They don’t come from events attended by Brandon’s elite, of which I cover many. You also won’t find an image from a car crash or a fire in this edit although I did include a few images from this past summer’s big storms. My photographic passion lies in less-seen glimpses of daily life and intimate stories that can only be told by simply spending time with subjects. Along with each photo I have written a bit about how my work process or what I feel makes the image special. Hopefully it provides a bit of insight into how I document life in Westman.

  • JANUARY 4, 2013 - Silhouetted sledders are framed by the colourful Christmas lights on display at Hanbury Hill as the sun sets on the western horizon Friday evening. I like finding different ways of looking at everyday events. In this case my photo matched exactly with the idea in my head. It is a rare and great feeling when that occurs.

    JANUARY 4, 2013 - Silhouetted sledders are framed by the colourful Christmas lights on display at Hanbury Hill as the sun sets on the western horizon Friday evening. I like finding different ways of looking at everyday events. In this case my photo matched exactly with the idea in my head. It is a rare and great feeling when that occurs.

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  • January 3, 2013

    Colin Corneau's Photos of the Year

    The end of the year is always a good opportunity to not only look forward, but back too. Few things help me realize what a year actually is than remembering photos I took three, or six, or 12 months ago. It can seem both a long, long time and over in a flash all at the same time. All of my colleagues here at the Sun are using this opportunity to showcase images that caught our eye or heart, and give a chance to pictures that might not have had one to be printed yet. That’s exactly what I hope to use my chance for. These images stayed with me throughout 2012, and said something about what I thought was important or worth taking a few moments for. I hope they can say the same things to you and what’s important in the community we share.

  • A young Buddhist monk bows in front of a temple in a Tibetan refugee camp near Pokhara, Nepal. The boy had asked to visit his parents and the abbot of the monastery granted him permission, provided he bow 800 times first. When I asked how far he’d gotten as I took this picture, a fellow monk replied, “About halfway, now.”

    A young Buddhist monk bows in front of a temple in a Tibetan refugee camp near Pokhara, Nepal. The boy had asked to visit his parents and the abbot of the monastery granted him permission, provided he bow 800 times first. When I asked how far he’d gotten as I took this picture, a fellow monk replied, “About halfway, now.”