June 18, 2014 at 1:00 am

Help celebrate Michigan in our photo contest

It started out as a wildlife photo expedition. Diane Kerner was on her way to a favorite pond in Boon, near Cadillac, to spot potential photo subjects.

“So, we're driving down the dirt road to the pond, past a farm, and this cow is close to the fence,” said Kerner of Harrietta. “My hubby says, ‘Why don't you take a picture of the cow?’ And I said, ‘Well, his head is down, he's eating.’ And he replies, ‘Do something to get his attention.’

“So, I roll down my window and yell, ‘HEY COW!’ (My husband is cracking up.) The cow looks up and I took his picture.”

Her photo of the bovine startled mid-munch makes an amusing addition to the finals of The Detroit News’ eighth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

Other photographers named as finalists this week include Allie Fox of Royal Oak for her demolition derby photo, “Crashing the Chelsea Fair”; Laurie Gordon of Newberry for “Scott Falls in Alger County”; and Steven Gualdoni of Marquette for “Still Night on Lake Ruth in da U.P.”

The Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest rewards photographers who showcase what they love about our state, however they define it. Each Wednesday through Aug. 27, our staff 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 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. Upload your entries now!

'What You Lookin' At?' by Diane Kerner of Harrietta / Diane Kerener
'Still Night on Lake Ruth in da U.P.' by Steven Gualdoni of Marquette (Steven Gualdoni)