July 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

Celebrate Michigan in photos

After a gorgeous sunset at the Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Pentwater, Jessica Dobbs of Lincoln Park and her husband, Jeffrey, decided to stay later and take some lighthouse photos with stars.

“With nothing but a tiny flashlight pen, we set up our cameras,” she said. “With this shot, I set my camera to take a 15-minute exposure to capture some of the star trails that occur after 25 seconds of exposure. I also used the pen flashlight to light up the lighthouse and the beach a little, so you could see them as well.

“It turned out great! This is one reason why we love Michigan so much! There's always something beautiful to see, even at night.”

Dobbs’ dazzling photo advances to the finals of The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. All summer long, we’re looking for photos that capture the best of Michigan and its inhabitants, events, scenery and activities. Each Wednesday through Aug. 27, our staff judges will pick four more finalists for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 3.

Other photographers making the finals this week are Mark Ebenhoeh of Grosse Pointe Woods for his treetop scene “Looking up at Algonac State Park”; Mudg Poster of West Bloomfield Township for “Hesitant Landing,” featuring a Canada goose confused by its reflection in the water; and Cathy Rudd of Roseville for “Blue Winter Storm.”

You can browse a photo gallery of the rest of the top shots selected so far at detroitnews.com/finalists.

Contest 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 your 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.

So get in on the celebration! Grab your camera and shoot what you love about Michigan.

In 'Hesitant Landing,' by Mudg Poster of West Bloomfield Township, a Canada goose is spooked by its reflection in the water at Kensington Metro Park in Milford. / Mudg Poster
A 15-minute exposure help create this picture of the Little Sable Point ... (Jessica Dobbs)