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Winter kayaker in Lake Huron makes a splash in photo contest

The Detroit News
FOUR-SEASON FUN PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: Heading Toward Sunrise," by Rose Morand of Bloomfield Hills. After helping her sister launch her kayak on the shore of Harbor Beach in the Thumb on Lake Huron, Morand watched her paddle away. "But it was freezing," she said, "so I snapped one single shot with my cellphone and ran inside."

“My sister, Mary Lou Turnbull, surprised me by asking if I've ever kayaked in winter,” said Rose Morand of Bloomfield Hills. “I said, ‘It never occurred to me.’

“She was gung ho, and I declined to join her, but agreed to help her get the kayak from the shelf of ice at the shore down into the water (at Harbor Beach in the Thumb on Lake Huron).

“I watched her paddle away, but it was freezing, so I snapped one single shot with my cellphone and ran inside.“

One shot is all it took. Her photo “Heading Toward Sunrise” is a finalist in The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest under the Four-Season Fun theme.  Sixteen finalists will be named by August 22 to compete for two $300 prizes. 

Other finalists chosen this week:

  • “Angels,” by Steffen Mammen of Traverse City. The Blue Angels fly over Grand Traverse Bay during the National Cherry Festival, the jets’ contrails making a pattern in the clouds. Mammen “anchored the boat strategically in their path, grabbed my camera, and waited until they flew over. “
  • “Cooling Off,” by Jessica Caloni of Mount Clemens. The Calonis were sitting on their deck on a hot day. Next thing they know, 8-year-old Abbygail is filling up the cooler with water.  “We actually thought it was going to be for the dog, but nope, she decided to get in it herself,” Jessica says. “It was quite entertaining.”
  • “River Road Sunset,” by Cathy Bragiel of Pinconning.  This spring, on a drive between Saginaw and Bay City, Bragiel and her husband  stopped at a little roadside park to watch a sunset.  “It was so calm and colorful, I had to capture it!” she said. "I used a 30-second exposure to smooth out the water even more."

The Four-Season Fun theme continues until noon August 17.   Enter your photos at

After all 16 finalists are named, two winners will be selected, one by the Detroit News photo staff, the other a People’s Choice winner selected by public voting August 22-26. Both winners will receive a $300 Visa gift card.

At the close of the contest on Aug. 29, three more photos will be chosen from among all of the summer’s finalists to receive Awards of Excellence in the form of $100 Visa cards.

Consult the official rules and follow along at for weekly stories and a running photo gallery of the finalists and winners selected to date.

The contest is open to non-professional photographers age 18 and older. All photos must have been shot in Michigan by the person submitting them, with no significant alteration by a software program.