June 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

Help celebrate Michigan in our photo contest

If you want to see the ice caves of Grand Island, in Lake Superior, you have to work for it.

From Munising, you drive a few miles to the National Park Service’s Pictured Rocks headquarters, grab your snowshoes, skis or snowmobile, and cautiously make your way across nearly a mile of windy, frozen lake to the island’s icy cliffs.

In March, Jill Laudenslager of Gwinn, due south of Marquette, was rewarded for the effort.

“My husband and I had taken our snowmobile a little bit further than where everyone else was exploring the ice caves,” she said. “We had gone into this one that didn’t seem to be anything special. I had to crawl in on my hands and knees to get this shot and fell in love with this ‘hidden’ cave.”

Her photo, which she titled “Cave of Calm,” wins her a place in the finals of The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. All summer long we’re inviting you to share your photos of our state and its inhabitants for a chance to win a prize. Each Wednesday 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.

Other finalists selected this week are: David Marvin of Lansing, for “Festive Fireworks at Michigan Capitol Ring in the Holidays;” Mudg Poster of West Bloomfield Township, for her carnival ride shot “Flying in an Ominous Sky,” and Paul Wojtkowski of Waterford Township, for “Crisp Point Lighthouse Sunset.”

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, share them on social media and enter your own spectacular shots.

'Cave of Calm,' by Jill Laudenslager of Gwinn, shows the aqua blues of the interior of an ice cave on Grand Island. / Jill Laudenslager