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This week’s Celebrate Michigan contest finalists

The Detroit News

The Starr family of Berkley was inside their vacation cottage in Oscoda one evening when mom Bethany “peeked out the window and saw one rainbow over the lake. That was enough to send us all running outside,” she said.

“And then the second rainbow became clearer and that was enough to make our on-the-go, awesome kiddos (son JJ, 2, and daughter Stella, 5) sit together, cuddle up, and really take in the view. Between the rainbows and that sibling love, it really was a magical moment that I’m glad I captured.”

We’re glad she captured it, too. “Our Two Little Starrs” is one of this week’s finalists in The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. The 10th annual contest rewards photos that capture what we love about Michigan — the people, animals, scenery, places and events that make our state special. Each Wednesday through Sept. 7, Detroit News judges will select four photos to become eligible for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 14.

Other finalists named this week

■“Mystical Morning” by Gerry Buckel of Fostoria: Early morning dew and fog created a purple sky, enchancing the color of a field of wild horshair grass growing in front of an old barn. “I have driven back there many times, but the conditions have never been the same,” Buckel said.

■“Enjoying Day’s End” by Paula Buermele of Adrian: The Grand Haven lighthouse and pier are bustling with activity, the figures silhouetted at sunset. “I try to capture the sense of family and friends in my photos,” Buermele said.

■“Determination” by Kelly Minnick of Waterford: In this comical close-up, daughter Myla “had a loose tooth, but she was still determined to eat her corn on the cob that we picked up from Ginn’s Farms at the Clarkston Farmers’ Market!” Minnick said.

The prizes

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, 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.

■In addition, the Michigan Wildlife Council has donated a 10 x 25 pair of digital camera binoculars to every photographer who has a photo in the finals. See that wildlife long distance and snap its picture, too!

The contest is open to all nonprofessional photographers who are 18 years or older, except employees of The Detroit News, and their immediate families. For the complete contest rules, go to, 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.

Hurry! Entries must be received by noon Friday.