Nostalgic train photo steams into the Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest finals

The Detroit News

Black and white seems the perfect choice for a photo of the Polar Express chugging past a weathered grain elevator, one of this week’s finalists in The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. The 13th annual contest is now in its final theme of the summer, Four-Season Fun.   

“Each holiday season our local camera club travels to the Owosso area to photograph this 1940s era steam locomotive,” said Glen Suszko of Shelby Twp. “This picture was taken as The Polar Express (aka Pere Marquette 1225 ) steamed past the grain elevator in Carland, Michigan. As it rolls by, the sight, sound and feel of this train engine is a breathtaking experience.”

"The Polar Express," by Glen Suszko of Shelby Twp.  Pere Marquette 1225 steams past the grain elevator in Carland during the holidays.

The Four-Season Fun theme is open for submissions until noon Friday, Aug. 16.  Share your photos of fun activities and beautiful scenes from any of Michigan's four seasons at for a chance to win a prize.

In addition to “The Polar Express,” this week’s other finalists are:

“Heavy Winter Ice,” by Rodney Burdick of East China Twp. Coast Guard cutter Bristol Bay breaks a path for an approaching vessel at Mariner Park Pavilion in Marine City. “High water and heavy ice made for some amazing winter scenes along the St. Clair River from Marine City to Harsens Island,” Burdick said.

“Love on the Lake,” by Margarida Bernardo of Grosse Pointe. Her photography gear was at home, but when she saw this love boat at the end of a procession on Lake St. Clair,  “The excitement of the regatta, the sunset and the beautiful reflections on a mirror-like lake were too much to miss, so I grabbed my iPhone and started shooting.”

“We Have Liftoff!,” by Caroline Harris of Petersburg. Shot at the Four Nations Rodeo at the Monroe County Fair in July, “This bull was entirely sassy and even sparred with the rodeo clowns after his rider flew off," she said. "That vertical leap was pretty awesome to see up close in my viewfinder.”

Each week, the Detroit News photo staff judges will select four finalists. At the end of the contest, two $300 prizes will be awarded.  The Four-Season Fun winner will be selected by the Detroit News photo staff, and a People’s Choice Award winner will be chosen by an online public vote, Aug. 21-25. 

The contest is open to non-professional photographers age 18 and older. Read the official rules and follow along at for weekly stories and a photo gallery of the finalists and winners selected to date.