July 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Help celebrate Michigan in our photo contest

If there’s beauty to be found in a brutal winter, trust a Yooper to find it.

Bob Bowser of Naibinway, an Upper Peninsula town hugging the northern tip of Lake Michigan, traveled north to Munising last winter and took a striking photograph of icy Munising Falls, seemingly frozen in action. But not completely solid.

“Flowing water filled the interior of the (icy) funnel as it fell to the meandering stream below,” he said.

Bowser’s “Frozen Falls in Munising” shot earns a spot in the finals of The Detroit News’ eighth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

The 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 announce four more finalists for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 3.

Other photographers making the finals this week are Cathy Bragiel of Pinconning for “At the Dawn of Spring,” Justin Marshall of Midland for “Purple Haze” and Scott Wade of Rochester for “The Pumpkin Patch.”

Contest rules and prizes

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

Second place: $300.

Third place: A large, matted and fram ed 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.

Shoot what you love about Michigan and upload your photos today!

Bob Bowser of Naibinway, an Upper Peninsula town hugging the northern tip of Lake Michigan, traveled north to Munising last winter and took a striking photograph of icy Munising Falls. / Bob Bowser