Lake scenes win top prizes in Four-Season Fun contest

The Detroit News

After looking at a record 4,641 photos entered this summer in The Detroit News’  Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest,  the judges could only come to one conclusion: Michigan’s photographers are abundant, creative and very talented.

Each week, our photo staff had tough choices to make in winnowing the pile.  As the 12th annual contest officially ends today, there’s just one task left.  And so, we announce the winners.

“Misty Fishing Morning,” by Diane Kanneth of Highland Park, wins the Four-Season Fun theme. The Detroit News judges admired the painterly quality of the golden sunrise scene, with fishermen, shore and trees in silhouette. 

FOUR-SEASON FUN WINNER: "Misty Fishing Morning," by Diane Kanneth of Highland Park.

The People’s Choice Award for the Four-Season Fun theme, selected by an online vote of 652 people, goes to “Heading Toward Sunrise,” by Rose Morand of Bloomfield Hills.  Her photo shows a lone kayaker (her sister) on Lake Huron in winter, paddling toward the rising sun.

FOUR-SEASON FUN PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: "Heading Toward Sunrise," by Rose Morand of Bloomfield Hills.

Both winners will receive $300 Visa cards as prizes.

In addition, three photos chosen from among all the finalists named this summer will win Awards of Excellence, in the form of $100 Visa gift cards.  They are:

  •   “Frigid,” by Jim Swoboda of Kentwood, featuring huge waves crashing around Grand Haven’s icy outer lighthouse in December.  Brrrr.
  •    “Steve,” by Peggy Sue Zinn of Traverse City. This rural night scene captures not only the northern lights and stars, but streaks that astrologists call "Steve" (for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement).  
  •    “Great Lakes Freighter in Winter,” by Dennis Delor of Marysville.  A ship steams into Lake Huron, emerging from the dense fog at sunrise.

Our thanks go to all who entered the contest or followed along at,  where you can find a photo gallery of all the winners and finalists from this summer’s three themes and the collection of contest stories.