Celebrate Michigan’s uniqueness

The Detroit News

The trouble with photographing iconic landmarks is that everybody else has already taken the same picture.

So when John Clark of Westland approached the Joe Louis Fist in downtown Detroit, he wanted to “take a shot that was different from anything that I had seen of it.

“I’m a fan of wide-angle lenses,” he said, “so I used one which allowed me to get very close to the fist and show many of the lines and fingernails, and of course, make the fist massive in the photo, as if you were on the receiving end of one of Joe’s punches. Hopefully people will consider this shot a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Detroit!”

“Bump for Detroit,” by John Clark of Westland, takes a wide-angle view of the Joe Louis fist.

The judges of The Detroit News’ 10th annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest certainly thought so, naming Clark’s “Fist Bump for Detroit” one of this week’s finalists. The contest, which continues throughout the summer, showcases photos that capture the people, animals, scenery, places and events that make Michigan special.

Each Wednesday through Sept. 7, the Detroit News judges will select four photos to become eligible for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 14.

Other finalists named this week:

■“Fishfly City,” by Edward Byrnes of Rochester: During the last week of June, just before sunset, fish flies rise and fill the air across the Sni Bora Channel in Lake St. Clair.

Chadd Horanburg of St. Clair Shores sent up a drone to capture “Looking Down on Downtown.”

■“Looking Down on Downtown,” by Chadd Horanburg of St. Clair Shores: Detroit looks dramatic at night in this photo taken by a drone sent high in the air from an abandoned lot.

■“Sunrise on Lake Huron,” by Norm Preo of Pell Lake: When a heron showed up on a grassy shoreline at sunrise, Preo waded thigh-deep out into Lake Huron off Mackinaw City to shoot the landscape scene.

“Sunrise on Lake Huron,” was taken by Norm Preo of Pell Lake.

The prizes are:

■First prize: A two-night stay for two at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, plus a 16-inch-by-20-inch framed print of your photo.

■Second prize: A waterproof GoPro HERO4 Session camera, for capturing on-the-go video and photos.

■Third prize: A $100 gift card to etsy.com, where you can find handcrafted Michigan products and more.

■Best digitally enhanced image: A 16-inch-by-20-inch print of your photo, plus four tickets to any Emagine theater.

The contest is open to all nonprofessional photographers who are 18 years or older, except employees of The Detroit News, Michigan.com and their immediate families. For the complete contest rules, go to detroitnews. com/celebratemichigan, where you can view all of the entries, share them on social media, browse a photo gallery of the finalists and enter your own Michigan scenes.