June 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

Celebrate Michigan: Fawn vs. toddler standoff wins a spot in the finals

Some photographers go into the wild to shoot wildlife. Others can just stake out their backyard.

“We had just arrived home from being out for the day, and my husband saw the fawn standing along our bushes,” said Diana Roggenbauer of Canton Township. “We let our daughter Ellie, who is 2˝, out of the car, and she toddled down our walkway toward the fawn. I thought for sure the fawn would bolt at any second, but as Ellie approached it, it stayed put, and then Ellie stopped a few feet away.

“They stood there and stared at each other for a good 30-plus seconds before the fawn turned and jumped away. We never saw the fawn’s mommy, but I’m sure she was somewhere close by!”

Roggenbauer’s charming photo, which she titled “Two Babes,” is one of this week’s four additions to the finals of The Detroit News’ eighth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

Other photographers making the finals are: Julie Christiansen of Charlevoix for “Boyne Thunder Boats”; Steven Gualdoni of Marquette for “Spring Ice on Lake Superior”; and Justin Marshall of Midland for “Grand Haven Sunset.”

The Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest seeks photos that capture the best of Michigan and its people, wildlife, events, scenery and activities. Each Wednesday through Aug. 27, our staff will choose 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, 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.

Two-year-old Ellie faces a fawn in her Canton Township backyard in 'Two Babes.' / Diana Roggenbauer
Justin Marshall of Midland caught his girlfriend, Tara Grehan, dipping her ... (Justin Marshall)