Correction: In an earlier version, the wrong photo was identified as a finalist in the Best Enhanced Image category. The correct image is Erin Rajter's "The Beauty of Fall Remains!"

Clever photographers know to seize the moment and not to waste any time. That's how Erin Rajter of Clinton Township snapped "The Beauty of Fall Remains!"

The serene photo is one of the finalists named in The Detroit News' Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest, under way all summer.

"Always in a hurry on my way to class at Hope College and to work, I saw how vibrant the tree was against the blizzard," Rajter said. "I reached out my car window and snapped the shot."

She said she lived in a house down the street, where she could look out the window every day and see the tree. Holland got one of its first snowfalls of the season this October day.

"It was really a spur of the moment picture," Rajter said.

She applied an Instagram filter to heighten the effect, making it a finalist in the Best Enhanced Image category.

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Her shot joins three others this week in the finalist pool:

"Morning Yoga" by Jodi Byers of Allegan. "These little geese came right up to me and then started stretching," she said.

"A Beautiful Stormy Day," by Karlie Hoffman of Ortonville. This photo captures cold, fierce waves hitting the rocky Lake Superior coast in Marquette.

"Misty Seney Sunrise" by Atlee Hart of Farmington Hills. "The delicate pinkness of the rising sun accentuating the early-morning mist rising from the placid lake made a scene so beautiful I just had to try to preserve it for everyone to see," said Hart of the photo taken at Seney National Wildlife Refuge near Seney in the Upper Peninsula.

The Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest rewards photographers who showcase anything that makes our state special — people, wildlife, scenery, activities, you name it. Each Wednesday through Sept. 2, Detroit News judges will select four photos to become eligible for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 9.

The prizes are:

First place: A two-night stay for four at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Second place: $300.

Third place: A gift basket of made-in-Michigan products.

Best enhanced image: A 16-by-20-inch matted and framed print of your photo.

The contest is open to all amateur photographers who are 18 years or older, except employees of The Detroit News, and their immediate families. For the complete contest rules, go to, where you can view all of the entries, comment on them and share them on social media.

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