July 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

Munching cousins photo joins the Celebrate Michigan Contest finals

The eighth annual Detroit News Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest asks you to submit photos of what you love about Michigan, and for many of you, the answer is family time on the beach.

Jason Dougherty of Cooks, near Manistique in the Upper Peninsula, sent in a photo he calls “Lunch Time,” showing “my three children and their twin cousins, taking a break from the beach, enjoying some lunch at Lake Michigan. It is very hard to get five children between the ages of 3 and 8 to sit still next to each other, so lunch time was the perfect opportunity to capture them all sitting nicely in their natural state.

“We plan on taking this same picture on the same step as the kids grow up every summer.”

In his photo, every expression and pair of sandy feet are priceless, winning Dougherty a spot in the contest finals. All summer long, we’re looking for photos that capture the best of Michigan and its inhabitants, events, scenery and activities. Each Wednesday through Aug. 27, our staff judges will pick four more finalists for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 3.

Others making the finals this week are by John Lenihan of Bloomfield Township for “Cherry Time in Suttons Bay”; Steve Nowakowski of Lambertville for his fishing photo, “Foggy Start on Jackson Hole Lake”; and Tim Srock of Rochester Hills for “Yum!,” a colorful carnival corndog stand.

You can browse a photo gallery of the rest of the top shots selected so far at detroitnews.com/finalists.

Contest prizes include:

■First place: A two-night stay at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

■Second place: $300.

■Third place: A large, matted and framed print of their photo.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are 18 years or older, except employees of The Detroit News, the Detroit Newspaper Partnership and their immediate families. For the complete contest rules, go to detroitnews.com/celebratemichigan, where you can view all of the entries, comment on them and share them on social media.

Don’t let the summer slip by without giving it your best shot!

'Lunch Time' by Jason Dougherty of Cooks
'Foggy Start on Jackson Hole Lake' by Steve Nowakowski of Lambertville (Steve Nowakowski)