Final prize-winners announced as Celebrate Michigan Contest ends

The Detroit News

Regretfully, it’s time to close our summer vacation photo album.

The 13th annual Detroit News Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest was stuffed with 3,922 images of Michigan submitted by non-professional photographers during the three phases of the contest.  Now the only business left is the prizes.

The contest’s third and last theme, Four-Season Fun, ends with two photos selected from the 16 finalists for $300 prizes.

The winner chosen by the Detroit News photo staff is “Lake Superior Summer,” by Kristin Larsen of Sault Ste. Marie. The photo has an ethereal quality, with the contemplative boy sitting in rippling water as the last rays of the sun peek through the low sky.

The People’s Choice Award goes to “Better Than Coffee,” by Thomas Bos of White Lake.  His striking photo taken inside an ice cave at sunrise at Grand Island National Recreation Area was the top vote-getter chosen by 1,146 participants in an online ballot.

Four-Season Fun People's Choice Award: "Better Than Coffee," by Thomas Bos of White Lake, taken at sunrise at an ice cave at Grand Island National Recreation Area.

The Detroit News judges also selected the following three photos from among all of the finalists this summer for Awards of Excellence:

  • "Selfie with the Stars,” by Chase Gagnon of Madison Heights. This skillful photo required a 2 a.m. shoot on the Harbor Beach pier, a fisheye lens, a flashlight and a steady hand for a 30-second exposure.
  • “Piggies in the Garden,” by Olivia Kinney of Genesee Township.  It’s an irresistible photo starring her two rescued guinea pigs, Azalea and Meadow, contentedly munching on marigolds.
  • “Colt and Goose Converse,” by John Fortener of Allen Park.  This unusual shot practically begs for speech balloons as a goose seemingly talks to a young sandhill crane at Kensington Metropark.

Each will receive $100.

The Detroit News thanks all of the participants, voters and readers who took an interest in celebrating our state and made this photo contest so much fun.  A photo gallery with all of the summer’s winners and finalists can be found at https://detroitnews.com/celebrate-michigan.