June 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Win a spot in Celebrate Michigan photo contest finals

Sometimes, it’s not the scene itself that makes a good photograph, it’s what you do with it.

Scott Wade of Rochester used his 5-year-old son, Jacob, as the focal point in a vast grid of logs, and the shot won him a spot in the finals of The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

“We were up north near Atlanta, Michigan, in the fall and were out for a walk,” Wade says. “We came upon a clear cut of trees and the large pile of logs. I placed him as high up as I could and snapped the photo.” Wade titled his shot “The Ultimate Wood Pile.”

Other photographers named as finalists this week include Marissa Kolde of Plymouth for “MIghty Mac,” Kristine McGregor of St. Clair Shores for “Ice horizon at Miner’s Castle,” and Dave Patritto of Rochester Hills for “Mmmmm Sanders!”

The Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest rewards photographers who showcase anything that makes our state special — people, wildlife, scenery, events — you name it.

Each Wednesday through Aug. 27, our staff judges will announce four more finalists for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 3.

The 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 all 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 http://detroitnews.com/­celebratemichigan, where you can view all of the entries, comment on them and share them on social media.

Enjoy a picturesque summer, and enter often!

'The Ultimate Wood Pile,' by Scott Wade of Rochester, was shot in Atlanta, Michigan, at a logging site in the northern Lower Peninsula. / Scott Wade