August 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

Celebrate Michigan

Top-floor Michigan Central Depot photo impresses judges

You’ve seen pictures of the abandoned Michigan Central Depot before. Photographers from Detroit and around the world have relentlessly documented the imposing exterior and crumbling, graffiti-laden interior of the train station built in 1913.

So, if you submit a photo of the Michigan Central Depot to The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest, it needs to show a fresh perspective to catch the eye of the judges. Julian Bibb of Detroit passed that test with an early morning photo taken from the top floor of the train station. Rays of sunlight spill across downtown in the distance and hit the classical columns and other architectural details in a way that makes our greatest ruin seem as magnificent as any in Rome.

“This great Detroit landmark has a lot of detailed beauty waiting for restoration,” Bibb said.

This week, Bibb becomes one four photographers added to the list of finalists in the contest, which continues 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.

Others making the finals this week are Margarida Bernardo of Grosse Pointe for “Freedom Fireworks”; Mudg Poster of West Bloomfield for “She’s Mine,” a fight between two male sandhill cranes; and Karl Rausch of Farmington Hills for his shot of a storm threatening Spartan Stadium, “Sky Party Over Sparty.”

You can browse a photo gallery 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 their photo.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are age 18 or older, except employees of The Detroit News, the Detroit Newspaper Partnership and their immediate families.

For the complete contest rules and to upload your photos, go to detroitnews.com/celebrate michigan, where you can view all of the entries, comment on them and share them on social media.

Celebrate Michigan by entering your photos today!

The way the rays of sunlight hit the nearby landscape and its classical columns make the Michigan Central Depot seem as magnificent as any ruin in Rome. / Julian Bibb