Celebrate Michigan with these photos

The Detroit News

What beats fishing in the morning? Nothing, especially when your fishing hole is one of the most beautiful and remote places in Michigan: Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

Kevin Krause of Lansing took a trip to Isle Royale as a staff member for Kairos Fellowship, a Christian scout-like group, with 12 eighth- and ninth-grade boys and five other staffers.

“The sunrise over Pickerel Cove was beautiful and the water was calm,” he said. Krause snapped a photo of three of his group, casting their lines from the shore into the smooth-as-glass water.

His shot, “Sunrise Fishing on Isle Royale,” wins a place in the finals of The Detroit News’ ninth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. Each Wednesday through Sept. 2, Detroit News judges will select four photos of Michigan that reflect what’s special about our state.

Other finalists select this week:

■“Loading Ore Into the Night” by Rod Burdick of Negaunee, showing the laker Hon. James L. Oberstar loading taconite at the Upper Harbor ore dock in Marquette.

■“Swallow’s Catch” by Sabrina Dao of Novi, captures an iridescent blue tree swallow holding a dragonfly in its beak at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

■“Coming Out of Its Shell” by Gregory Zigila of Brooklyn, who waited for two hours at his cabin in the Upper Peninsula until a dragonfly emerged from its larva shell and spread its wings for a closeup.

The prizes are:

■First place: A two-night stay for four at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

■Second place: $300.

■Third place: A gift basket of made-in-Michigan products.

■Best digitally enhanced image: A 16-by-20-inch matted and framed print of your photo.

The contest is open to all amateur 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 outstanding photos of Michigan.