Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Editorial News
Multimedia
Classified Sites

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

  • 0 Comments

    32 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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. Part Two of their story will appear next week.

  • 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.

  • 0 Comments

    34 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • August 6, 2014

    Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa

    Thousands thronged the fields near Minneodsa for the 2014 incarnation of Rockin’ the Fields.

  • Saturday night's big headliner Bret Michaels rocked the main stage at Rockin' the Fields in Minnedosa.

    Saturday night's big headliner Bret Michaels rocked the main stage at Rockin' the Fields in Minnedosa.

  • 0 Comments

    18 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • July 19, 2014

    At the drive-in

    Before the sun sets, children are busy bouncing on the trampoline, spinning on the merry-go-round and running back and forth between other playground equipment — all beneath the large outdoor screen of the Shamrock Drive-In, just south of Killarney.

    Parents park their vehicles or set up their blankets and lawn chairs for the perfect movie viewing experience, after which they might follow their sweet tooth to the concession for popcorn, chocolate and other treats. Each order might take just a little bit longer than usual to give time for friendly chit-chat between the movie-goers and the theatre owners; the Struss family.

    Joanne and Darren Struss bought the theatre in 2011 and moved their family of eight children to the property. This is their fourth season running the theatre.

    Movies run most Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes on a Sunday if it’s a long weekend.

    The older Struss kids pitch in when they can, helping to operate the concession or the ticket booth. The younger kids join in with the other children playing beneath the screen.

    As the glow from the fading sun lingers on the horizon, the movie — Disney's “Maleficent” — begins and everyone settles into his or her seat, whether they be car seats, lawn chairs or blankets in the back of a pickup truck, for the show.

    For information on what's playing this summer, check out the Shamrock Drive-In's Facebook page

  • Five-year-old Michael Struss swings beneath the large screen at the Shamrock Drive-In before the sun sets on Friday evening.

    Five-year-old Michael Struss swings beneath the large screen at the Shamrock Drive-In before the sun sets on Friday evening.

  • 0 Comments

    14 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • July 8, 2014

    Intense storm hits Brandon

    With some 38 mm of rain in 15 minutes and 80 km/h winds, Brandon was struck by a brief but wild storm burst on Saturday night, July 6. Winds toppled hundreds of trees that the city says will take up to three weeks to clear.

  • 
Storm clouds on the horizon are reflected in flood water in a field on Grand Valley Road west of Brandon as a severe thunderstorm begins to roll in on Saturday evening.

    Storm clouds on the horizon are reflected in flood water in a field on Grand Valley Road west of Brandon as a severe thunderstorm begins to roll in on Saturday evening.

  • 0 Comments

    45 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • July 7, 2014

    Prime Ministerial visit to Brandon

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured through flooded Westman on Sunday, July 6, just as the Assiniboine River was cresting in Brandon at near-record levels.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks out from a helicopter at the flooded landscape around Brandon, Manitoba during a tour of the flood affected city with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and other politicians on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks out from a helicopter at the flooded landscape around Brandon, Manitoba during a tour of the flood affected city with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and other politicians on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

  • 0 Comments

    19 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • July 6, 2014

    Brandon flooding aerials

    With the Assiniboine River expected to peak on Saturday, Brandon Sun photographer Tim Smith took to the skies to capture an overall look at the extent of the flooding.

  • Flood water inundates the Assiniboine River Valley just west of Brandon along Grand Valley Road on Saturday morning, hours ahead of the expected first crest.

    Flood water inundates the Assiniboine River Valley just west of Brandon along Grand Valley Road on Saturday morning, hours ahead of the expected first crest.

  • 0 Comments

    26 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • July 4, 2014

    Westman flooding from the air

    As Westman struggles to deal with continuing overland flooding, rivers and streams began to rise as well. Brandon Sun photographer Bruce Bumstead took to the air for a broad perspective of the affected areas.

  • Flood waters in the Assininoine River Valley northeast of Virden has reached the road level on Highway 259 on July 3, 2014.

    Flood waters in the Assininoine River Valley northeast of Virden has reached the road level on Highway 259 on July 3, 2014.

  • 0 Comments

    12 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm from the air

    Brandon Sun photographer Colin Corneau took to the skies for a bird's (duck's?) eye view of the flooding throughout Westman. The Brandon Flying Club will be offering sightseeing flights all summer long on Sundays.

  • Oil and water mix as floodwaters overrun fields near Cromer, Manitoba on Monday afternoon.

    Oil and water mix as floodwaters overrun fields near Cromer, Manitoba on Monday afternoon.

  • 0 Comments

    6 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Sioux Valley

    Sioux Valley was forced to evacuate nearly 100 people as water levels rose.

  • Yesterday this bridge was under water in Sioux Valley. Water level has gone down significantly.

    Yesterday this bridge was under water in Sioux Valley. Water level has gone down significantly.

  • 0 Comments

    17 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Deloraine

    Deloraine declared a state of emergency with houses on the west side of town flooded and Highway 3 holding back hundreds of acres of water.

  • Deloraine was drenched with 144 mm of rain over the weekend.

    Deloraine was drenched with 144 mm of rain over the weekend.

  • 0 Comments

    20 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Virden

    Pumps worked overtime to drain flooded ditches at Virden, following a weekend of solid rain. The town was hit with another surge of water after a bridge on Gopher Creek gave way at Pipestone.

  • Silverline Oil Field Services trucks pump water from the backyards of homes along Thomas Drive in Virden during continuing rainfall on Sunday morning. Virden and the RM of Wallace is just one of many RM's in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan under states of emergency. Many oil and gas companies operating in the area called in their workers to help provide assistance to communities dealing with flooding.

    Silverline Oil Field Services trucks pump water from the backyards of homes along Thomas Drive in Virden during continuing rainfall on Sunday morning. Virden and the RM of Wallace is just one of many RM's in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan under states of emergency. Many oil and gas companies operating in the area called in their workers to help provide assistance to communities dealing with flooding.

  • 0 Comments

    13 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Reston

    Sandbaggers worked hard to protect properties in Reston, after three solid days of rain.

  • Sandbags are dropped off to build dikes around homes and other key areas in the town of Reston in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday after incessant rainfall creating overland flooding in the community. Reston was hit hard by flooding just over a year ago.

    Sandbags are dropped off to build dikes around homes and other key areas in the town of Reston in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday after incessant rainfall creating overland flooding in the community. Reston was hit hard by flooding just over a year ago.

  • 0 Comments

    26 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Cromer

    Three-plus days of solid rain hit Cromer hard, as rising waters forced about 30 people to evacuate.

  • A young boy plays in the flood water adjacent to Highway 256 in the village of Cromer in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday after incessant rainfall over the weekend caused flooding forcing the evacuation of approximately 30 residents.

    A young boy plays in the flood water adjacent to Highway 256 in the village of Cromer in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday after incessant rainfall over the weekend caused flooding forcing the evacuation of approximately 30 residents.

  • 0 Comments

    10 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 30, 2014

    June 2014 storm in Brandon

    Brandon had more than 125 mm of rain over the weekend of June 27-30, leading to overland flooding. Wicked winds at up to 100 km/h swept in after the storm, knocking down trees and knocking out power.

  • Overland flooding surrounds a T33 fighter jet on display along Highway 10 and Sandison Road near the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sunday after rain fell almost non-stop throughout the weekend. The airport was closed due to the flooding.

    Overland flooding surrounds a T33 fighter jet on display along Highway 10 and Sandison Road near the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sunday after rain fell almost non-stop throughout the weekend. The airport was closed due to the flooding.

  • 0 Comments

    10 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 26, 2014

    EXPOSURE: Streets of Winnipeg

    A lot of photography involves being present in the moment, or anticipating something happening before it occurs and being ready for it. Those ideas are central to the genre of street photography, which demands a photographer be intensely aware of his or her surroundings instead of going through life on ‘autopilot’. These skills come in quite handy for those who care to look up from their cellphones and see the world around them, and it’s a habit that works anywhere you go. For this series of street photographs, I turned my lens on our sister city of Winnipeg and its downtown. While more crowded, bustling and diverse than our downtown, those same ideas of being aware of your surroundings showed me many similar moments to our own core area. As with most of my street photography, these images were shot on film on a small rangefinder camera — tools that lend themselves to a slower, more mindful way of seeing.

  • 0 Comments

    13 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.

  • 0 Comments

    20 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.

  • Kallie White.

    Kallie White.

  • 0 Comments

    14 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.

  • 0 Comments

    15 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.

  • 0 Comments

    22 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • June 5, 2014

    Summer Fair fun

    On opening night of the Manitoba Summer Fair, the rain passed through and sky cleared, leaving plenty of people milling about the midway.

  • Paul Fowell holds his son Ethan aloft as the rainclouds break and the sun sets on the midway during the first night of the Manitoba Summer Fair, Wednesday evening at the Keystone Centre.

    Paul Fowell holds his son Ethan aloft as the rainclouds break and the sun sets on the midway during the first night of the Manitoba Summer Fair, Wednesday evening at the Keystone Centre.

  • 0 Comments

    16 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • May 30, 2014

    Spring storms

    A series of three storms blew through Westman on Thursday, May 29, leaving more than 30 mm of rain behind in some places, as well as knocking branches off of trees and knocking out the power in some areas. Here's a collection of photos that show the beauty and power of the storms. See more photos, plus video, in the story here.

  • Field work continues despite the storm, north of Wawanesa on May 29. 
https://twitter.com/FarmLifeMB/status/472376224040239105

    Field work continues despite the storm, north of Wawanesa on May 29. https://twitter.com/FarmLifeMB/status/472376224040239105

  • 0 Comments

    10 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • May 29, 2014

    Culture Days: 1 school, 11 cultures

    Meadows School in Brandon held Culture Days on May 22. The senior years students hosted pavilion from 11 different countries, presenting food, dance and cultural displays for the early years students throughout the day.

  • Students have their passports stamped as they visit the Honduran pavilion.

    Students have their passports stamped as they visit the Honduran pavilion.

  • 0 Comments

    7 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.

  • 0 Comments

    37 Total Pictures

    View Full Gallery

  • 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.