Weekly Celebrate Michigan winners showcase seasons

The Detroit News

It may be easier to appreciate the solitary beauty of a snow-covered tree in the summer, when winter feels far away. But Mike Head of Commerce Township saw the beauty even in the frigid moment of a “pseudo-surprise” November snowstorm.

“I’ve taken numerous photos from this vantage point in all four seasons,” Head said. “I particularly like this solitary tree. ... I just have a thing for trees. Anyway, because the temperature was hovering around 32 degrees, a fog layer obscured most of the lake. Even though the image is in black and white, the actual scene had nearly the same color palette.

“Overall, I like the conflicting sense of serenity and desolation in the image. The fact that St. Mary’s Prep School, a large complex of buildings, is right across the street just adds to the surprising sense of isolation of the scene.”

Judges of The Detroit News’ 10th annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest agreed, naming Head’s “Winter is coming? No, winter is here” one of this week’s finalists. The contest, which continues throughout the summer, showcases photos that capture the people, animals, scenery, places and events that make Michigan special.

Each Wednesday through Sept. 7, Detroit News judges will select four photos to become eligible for prizes to be awarded on Sept. 14.

Other finalists named this week:

■“Lake Charlevoix” by Katie Paramo of Charlevoix: Her sister and a friend enjoy a tranquil evening walk along the shoreline of Lake Charlevoix.

■“Sweetness” by Jim Ridley of Brighton: There was just enough light in the Oakland County woods to take this photo of a mother deer loving up to her little button buck fawn.

■“Where The Living is Easy” by Marisa Aiello of Rochester Hills. This photo, taken on July Fourth Weekend on Lake Orion, "represents the simple things in life like floating out on the lake with my family on 4th of July weekend. It represents unity and America coming together and proudly celebrating our country as the lake floods with red, white and blue all weekend. It represents joy and happiness in me, my cousin and every face you see on the 4th of July," Aiello said.

The prizes are:

First prize: A two-night stay for two at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, plus a 16-inch-by-20-inch framed print of your photo.

Second prize: A waterproof GoPro HERO4 Session camera, for capturing on-the-go video and photos.

Third prize: A $100 gift card to etsy.com, where you can find handcrafted Michigan products and more.

Best digitally enhanced image: A 16-inch-by-20-inch print of your photo, plus four tickets to any Emagine theater.

The contest is open to all nonprofessional photographers who are 18 years or older, except employees of The Detroit News, Michigan.com and their immediate families. For the complete contest rules, go to detroitnews. com/celebratemichigan, where you can view all of the entries, share them on social media, browse a photo gallery of the finalists and enter your own Michigan scenes.