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Lawrence Surhigh of Warren was staying on Mackinac Island on a cool, rainy October day.

“It was color season,” he said. “I was up early, went out and rented a bicycle. I'm a guy who gets up early to catch the morning light, and sometimes ventures out in inclement weather to hunt for photo opportunities.”

His habits paid off with his photo “Grand Scene at the Grand Hotel,” showing a carriage framed by the flags on the famous porch of the hotel. The photo wins him a place in the finals of The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest, which seeks 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 finalists named this week are Margarida Bernardo of Grosse Pointe for “Sleeping Bear Dunes Romance,” showing a couple in silhouette at sunset; Michael Head of Commerce Township for “Motor City Movement,” featuring the curved lines of the People Mover track amidst the rectangles of city buildings; and LeeAnn Murray of New Baltimore for “A Boy and His Dog,” relaxing on a dock.

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 the photographer’s image.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are age 18 or older, except The Detroit News, the Detroit Newspaper Partnership employees and their immediate families. For the com­plete contest rules and to upload your photos, go to detroitnews.­com/celebratemichigan, where you can view all the entries, comment on them and share them on social media.

Don’t delay, get your photos in this week for your last chance to make the finals!

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