July 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

Celebrate Michigan in photos

As the sun started to set during the June 24 Albatross Yacht Club Spring Series race, the warm evening air met cool Lake St. Clair to stunning effect. James Glasson, aboard the Lady Godiva, grabbed the only camera he had at hand: his iPhone 4s. “The wind appeared to be getting ready for bed and became quite light but was just enough to keep the AYC fleets spinnaker sails full,” Glasson said. “The picture submitted is not altered in any way from the original, which I think makes it even more brilliant.”

Glasson’s 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 Paul Mrozek of Sterling Heights for “Evening Stroll,” capturing sunset at South Haven’s Pierhead Light at Riverfront Park; Tim Campbell of Lapeer for “How to Relax Like a Tree Frog”; and Vickie Ochoa of Livonia for “Lake Superior Puzzle,” taken near Whitefish Point.

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 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.

James Glasson used an iPhone 4s to stunning effect aboard Lady Godiva on Lake St. Clair. / James Glasson