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2024 Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest Week 7 finalists

FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Scott Hills of Traverse City used a drone to capture the beauty of the Torch Lake Sandbar.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Scott Hills of Traverse City used a drone to capture the beauty of the Torch Lake Sandbar.
Scott Hills
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Elizabeth Finn of Charter Township of Commerce perfectly captured her family enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Petoskey State Park.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Elizabeth Finn of Charter Township of Commerce perfectly captured her family enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Petoskey State Park.
Elizabeth Finn
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Preston Rawls of Waterford captured this beautiful photo of a juvenile black-crowned night heron at the Detroit Zoo.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Preston Rawls of Waterford captured this beautiful photo of a juvenile black-crowned night heron at the Detroit Zoo.
Preston Rawls
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Brittany Millan of Mattawan captured this painterly scene at North Beach in South Haven.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Brittany Millan of Mattawan captured this painterly scene at North Beach in South Haven.
Brittany Millan
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Saginaw photographer Jill Wellington rented a 500 millimeter lens to take advantage of a fox family living under a friendÕs shed in Saginaw, capturing the wonderful photo.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Saginaw photographer Jill Wellington rented a 500 millimeter lens to take advantage of a fox family living under a friendÕs shed in Saginaw, capturing the wonderful photo.
Jill Wellington
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Rochester photographer Steve Glinski made this fun image of boys playing baseball at Crooked Lake.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Rochester photographer Steve Glinski made this fun image of boys playing baseball at Crooked Lake.
Steve Glinski
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Kentwood photographer Daniel Beeler captured this stunning photograph as big waves pounded the Grand Haven South Pier lighthouse.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Kentwood photographer Daniel Beeler captured this stunning photograph as big waves pounded the Grand Haven South Pier lighthouse.
Daniel Peeler
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - West Bloomfield photographer Lauren Hiltz used a low angle to make this fun image of a cute sandhill crane colt at Kensington Metropark.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - West Bloomfield photographer Lauren Hiltz used a low angle to make this fun image of a cute sandhill crane colt at Kensington Metropark.
Lauren Hiltz
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Marianne McGinnis of Clinton Township made this lovely photo of her daughter and her new pet duck.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Marianne McGinnis of Clinton Township made this lovely photo of her daughter and her new pet duck.
Marianne McGinnis
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - David Butkowski of Roseville captured this wonderful photo of a bald eagle plucking a fish from the Detroit River at John D. Dingall Park in Ecorse.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - David Butkowski of Roseville captured this wonderful photo of a bald eagle plucking a fish from the Detroit River at John D. Dingall Park in Ecorse.
David Butkowski
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Troy Jackson of Ann Arbor captured a summer classic - his son on a hot day running through a sprinkler.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Troy Jackson of Ann Arbor captured a summer classic - his son on a hot day running through a sprinkler.
Troy Jackson
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Alan Grillo of Ludington used a long exposure to capture star trails over Beaver Island for this wonderful photo.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Alan Grillo of Ludington used a long exposure to capture star trails over Beaver Island for this wonderful photo.
Alan Grillo
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Cameron Wilcox of Marquette captured this stunning image of the aurora borealis over the Marquette Lighthouse.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Cameron Wilcox of Marquette captured this stunning image of the aurora borealis over the Marquette Lighthouse.
Cameron Wilcox
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Craig Bamm of Ann Arbor said of his amazing photo, "I was watching this Great Blue Heron walking along the edge of a pond at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Suddenly, the great bird dove into the water, and after much splashing around, I could see that she came up with this largemouth bass. She held onto the fish, firmly, until it stopped thrashing around, and then she flew into the marsh with it."
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Craig Bamm of Ann Arbor said of his amazing photo, "I was watching this Great Blue Heron walking along the edge of a pond at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Suddenly, the great bird dove into the water, and after much splashing around, I could see that she came up with this largemouth bass. She held onto the fish, firmly, until it stopped thrashing around, and then she flew into the marsh with it."
Craig Bamm
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Christopher Stemen of Port Huron captured this tranquil scene of a family enjoying the beach on the edge of Lake Huron on a warm, cloudy day. Contest judges feel it has the almost dream-like quality of a bygone era.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Christopher Stemen of Port Huron captured this tranquil scene of a family enjoying the beach on the edge of Lake Huron on a warm, cloudy day. Contest judges feel it has the almost dream-like quality of a bygone era.
Christopher Stemen
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Mark Brendel of Ortonville, Michigan, captured this tender scene of a doe and her fawn near Holly, Michigan.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Mark Brendel of Ortonville, Michigan, captured this tender scene of a doe and her fawn near Holly, Michigan.
Mark Brendel
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Kim Hubbard of Bay City calls this haunting scene of the USS Edmonds coming into view on a foggy morning on the Saginaw river in Bay City, “Ghost Ship.” Like zoinks Scoob.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Kim Hubbard of Bay City calls this haunting scene of the USS Edmonds coming into view on a foggy morning on the Saginaw river in Bay City, “Ghost Ship.” Like zoinks Scoob.
Kim Hubbard
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Susan Reardon of Canadian Lakes, Michigan, calls this photo of her daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and their shelter pup, Walt, enjoying a pontoon boat ride, 'Everybody Smile!' Our contest judges call it good enough for second place in this week's Celebrate Michigan Candid Captures category.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Susan Reardon of Canadian Lakes, Michigan, calls this photo of her daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and their shelter pup, Walt, enjoying a pontoon boat ride, 'Everybody Smile!' Our contest judges call it good enough for second place in this week's Celebrate Michigan Candid Captures category.
Susan Reardon
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Southgate photographer Chris Ford timed this shot perfectly as a Lake Michigan wave crashed into the Frankfort North Pier Lighthouse.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Southgate photographer Chris Ford timed this shot perfectly as a Lake Michigan wave crashed into the Frankfort North Pier Lighthouse.
Chris Ford
FINALIST: Candid Captures - The judges loved the desolation captured in this Silver Lake scene by Clinton Township photographer Marianne McGinnis.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - The judges loved the desolation captured in this Silver Lake scene by Clinton Township photographer Marianne McGinnis.
Marianne McGinnis
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - This touching moment between a fox and her kits, captured by St. Charles photographer Kim LeBlanc, put it on top of a great bunch of photos entered this week in the Fur, Featurers and Fauna category.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - This touching moment between a fox and her kits, captured by St. Charles photographer Kim LeBlanc, put it on top of a great bunch of photos entered this week in the Fur, Featurers and Fauna category.
Kim LeBlanc
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Preston Rawls was out kayaking at Kensington MetroparkÕs Kent Lake when made this terrific photo of a Bald Eagle perched on a snag.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Preston Rawls was out kayaking at Kensington MetroparkÕs Kent Lake when made this terrific photo of a Bald Eagle perched on a snag.
Preston Rawls
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Marianne McGinnis of Clinton Township made this delightful photo cousins, youngest to oldest, playing on the Lake Michigan shore.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Marianne McGinnis of Clinton Township made this delightful photo cousins, youngest to oldest, playing on the Lake Michigan shore.
Marianne McGinnis
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Edward Shotwell, Pigeon, shot this wonderful photo of the Northern Lights looking north over Saginaw BayÕs Charity Island.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Edward Shotwell, Pigeon, shot this wonderful photo of the Northern Lights looking north over Saginaw BayÕs Charity Island.
Edward Shotwell
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - The judges were blown away by this photo of a feather take by Warren photographer Oksana Fedoriv. The feature, laying on the hood of her car after a rain, was taken with a Google Pixel 8 phone.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - The judges were blown away by this photo of a feather take by Warren photographer Oksana Fedoriv. The feature, laying on the hood of her car after a rain, was taken with a Google Pixel 8 phone.
Oksana Fedoriv
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Cameron Wilcox of Marquette scored a finalist with this stunning drone image of a fiery winter sunset over Deer Lake in Ishpeming.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Cameron Wilcox of Marquette scored a finalist with this stunning drone image of a fiery winter sunset over Deer Lake in Ishpeming.
Cameron Wilcox
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Patrick Slatin of Royal Oak caught this tender moment under the bridge at Belle Isle. Great light, composition and content put this one at the top of the category this week.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Patrick Slatin of Royal Oak caught this tender moment under the bridge at Belle Isle. Great light, composition and content put this one at the top of the category this week.
Patrick Slatin
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Denise Fye of Pinckney found this storybook-looking mushroom, Amanita muscaria, while foraging at Sleeper State Park near Caseville.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Denise Fye of Pinckney found this storybook-looking mushroom, Amanita muscaria, while foraging at Sleeper State Park near Caseville.
Denise Fye
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Emily Telford of Bancroft captured this sweet photo of her daughters watching the sunrise over their lake.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Emily Telford of Bancroft captured this sweet photo of her daughters watching the sunrise over their lake.
Emily Telford
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - The Northern Lights and a windmill came together for this great photo by Anthony Alessi of Harbor Springs.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - The Northern Lights and a windmill came together for this great photo by Anthony Alessi of Harbor Springs.
Anthony Alessi
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - The eye of this osprey is as sharp as that of Commerce Township photographer Richard Bagdasarian, who caught this incredible photograph of an osprey with breakfast at Kensington Metropark in Milford.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - The eye of this osprey is as sharp as that of Commerce Township photographer Richard Bagdasarian, who caught this incredible photograph of an osprey with breakfast at Kensington Metropark in Milford.
Richard Bagdasarian
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Margaret Larobardiere of Grand Blanc proves you don't need a big camera to be a winner. She shot this stunning photo of the Northern Lights with an iPhone while laying down in a hayfield at Swartz Creek.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Margaret Larobardiere of Grand Blanc proves you don't need a big camera to be a winner. She shot this stunning photo of the Northern Lights with an iPhone while laying down in a hayfield at Swartz Creek.
Margaret Larobardiere
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Michael Damone of Clarkston used backlighting to his advantage to make this stunning photograph of a waterskier at sunrise in Independence Township.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - Michael Damone of Clarkston used backlighting to his advantage to make this stunning photograph of a waterskier at sunrise in Independence Township.
Michael Damone
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Wixom photographer Dennis Boatman positioned himself perfectly to catch this bald eagle with the moon in the background while spending a morning on Belle Isle.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Wixom photographer Dennis Boatman positioned himself perfectly to catch this bald eagle with the moon in the background while spending a morning on Belle Isle.
Dennis Boatman
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Marquette photographer Cameron Wilcox got creative with the Northern Lights over Black Rocks on Presque Isle.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Marquette photographer Cameron Wilcox got creative with the Northern Lights over Black Rocks on Presque Isle.
Cameron Wilcox
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - A rainbow is the cherry on top of this beautiful view of Greenwood Reservoir in the Upper Peninsula, captured by Cameron Wilcox of Marquette.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - A rainbow is the cherry on top of this beautiful view of Greenwood Reservoir in the Upper Peninsula, captured by Cameron Wilcox of Marquette.
Cameron Wilcox
FINALIST: Candid Captures - The judges had a good laugh after seeing this photo by Rhonda Berger of Troy. This photo really captures the spirit of the category. It's a great moment that evokes an emotion. Well done.
FINALIST: Candid Captures - The judges had a good laugh after seeing this photo by Rhonda Berger of Troy. This photo really captures the spirit of the category. It's a great moment that evokes an emotion. Well done.
Rhonda Berger
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Bill O'Rourke of Traverse City scored a finalist with this wonderfully executed photo of a superman behind Frankfort's Breakwall Light the morning of September 29th, 2023.
FINALIST: Views and Vistas - Bill O'Rourke of Traverse City scored a finalist with this wonderfully executed photo of a superman behind Frankfort's Breakwall Light the morning of September 29th, 2023.
Bill O’Rourke
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Ann Arbor photographer Craig Bamm took this engaging photo of a pair of fox kits playing in the woods at Kensington Metropark. The judges loved the interaction, sharpness and composition.
FINALIST: Fur, Feathers and Fauna - Ann Arbor photographer Craig Bamm took this engaging photo of a pair of fox kits playing in the woods at Kensington Metropark. The judges loved the interaction, sharpness and composition.
Craig Bamm
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Roger Benvenuti of Macomb shot this beautiful photograph of an autumn sunset over Lake James. The judges liked the dreamy quality, the reflections and the wonderful curves that take the view through the scene.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Views and Vistas - Roger Benvenuti of Macomb shot this beautiful photograph of an autumn sunset over Lake James. The judges liked the dreamy quality, the reflections and the wonderful curves that take the view through the scene.
Roger Benvenuti
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Flora - Craig Bamm also made a great shot of a green heron coming in for a landing at Lake St. Clair Metropark for a runner-up in Fur, Feathers and Flora.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Fur, Feathers and Flora - Craig Bamm also made a great shot of a green heron coming in for a landing at Lake St. Clair Metropark for a runner-up in Fur, Feathers and Flora.
Craig Bamm
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Christian Nafzger of Boise, Idaho made the most of a trip to Holland with this wonderful photo of a paddle boarder on Lake Michigan at sunset.
FINALIST RUNNER-UP: Candid Captures - Christian Nafzger of Boise, Idaho made the most of a trip to Holland with this wonderful photo of a paddle boarder on Lake Michigan at sunset.
Christian Nafzinger
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