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Voting begins in Woods and Wildlife photo contest

Last four Celebrate Michigan finalists chosen; vote each day through Sunday for the winner

The Detroit News

A fall camping tour across the Upper Peninsula led Beverly Wolf of Waterford and her husband David to all of the wilderness hot spots, from Tahquamenon Falls to Pictured Rocks to numerous waterfalls.

“The highlight came, though,” she said, “when we started crossing the suspension bridge over the Presque Isle River at the western end of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The kettles, or potholes as they are sometimes called, were easily visible and so striking that they almost took my breath away.

“Because we were on a suspension bridge, it took a while to get a stable shot as people came and went, but it was worth it to me.“

Her photo, taken with long exposure, captured the movement of the water. It also secured one of the last spots in the finals of The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest: Woods and Wildlife. The entry period for this contest, the second of three this summer, has closed. More than 1,100 photos were entered during the past month, with four finalists named each week by Detroit News photo editors.

This week’s other three finalists are:

■ “Mom, I Can't See!” by Pam Bedsole of Cheboygan. A mute swan cygnet huddles under its mother, partially concealed by her feathers. “Having a long camera lens, I can observe them from a distance behind cover without ever disturbing them at all,” she said. “Capturing the the little cygnets’ innocence, facial expressions, and their interactions with their siblings and parents is a rewarding and pleasurable experience."

■ “November battle!” by Jim Ridley of Brighton. “As I walked through Kensington Metropark on a brisk November day, an odd sound captured my attention. I saw these two bucks in the clearing with horns clacking as they engaged. When they heard my shutter they disengaged and leapt into the woods. Neither buck was injured.”

■ “Safe Landings,” by Jeff Wagoner of Plymouth. A mute swan comes in for a landing at Kensington Metropark on a beautiful spring day. “At the time I thought, ‘What a wonderful performance,’ ” Wagoner said.

With the field of 16 finalists chosen, it’s now time for Round 2: Your votes will determine the winner, who will receive a $500 Visa card. You can vote once per day, Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 6, at

Meanwhile, the third Celebrate Michigan contest, Favorite Places, is open to all non-professional photographers age 18 or older. Submit your photos at until Aug. 25. Capture anywhere in Michigan that’s special to you, indoors or outdoors — a public place or your own secret spot. Feel free to show people or animals in your Favorite Places photos.

Finalists will be announced each Wednesday, then after public voting Aug. 30-Sept. 3, the winner of a $500 Visa card will be announced on Sept. 6.

Also on that date, three Editors’ Pick bonus prizes of $150 cash cards will be awarded for three photos chosen from the pool of finalists for all three contests.

For the complete contest rules, go to, where you can find all of the weekly stories, links to the contests and the photo gallery of finalists.