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2021 Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest Is Here

Becca Ballard

It's that time of year again, it's time to celebrate all that is beautiful in the amazing state of Michigan.

For the 15th year in a row, intrepid amateur photographers are invited to participate in The Detroit News’ Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. This end of summer competition rewards outstanding photos of Michigan, its people, places, and animals, with nine prizes of as much as $300.

The contest has three themes running concurrently from May 28 - Aug. 20 and include the categories of People and Places, Woods and Wildlife and Four-Season Fun. There is no entry limit, you are welcome to enter as often as you would like. Although, as the rules state, you must be the photographer, you cannot be a professional photographer, and the photo can't be a past selected Celebrate Michigan finalist.

Here's how it works: Each week, judges from the Detroit News photo staff selects four finalists. At the end of the contest, the judges will select one winner in each category. Then, one People’s Choice winner in each category will be chosen by an online public vote, Aug. 26-30.

Each of the six winners will receive $300. At the end of the contest, three Awards of Excellence will be chosen by the Detroit News photo staff from the remaining finalists of all three themes, and will receive $100 each.

Enter the contest at

Last year was a record number for entries with 6,902 photos in all. Here are the winning images from 2020:

  • Shravan Kumar Mummadi's amazing photo of light streaks drawn with fireworks was deserving of the People's Choice award in People and Places.
  • For the Woods and Wildlife category our editors chose the photo by Brighton photographer Charles Gammon of a female Eastern bluebird with food for her young.
  • Charlie Newman of West Bloomfield was driving the side roads of Genesee County looking for old barns when he made the Editors' Prize winner for the Four Season Fun category. The intense lightning strike behind the weathered barn makes this image.
  • Two images caused a lot of debate between the editors while deciding the top prize winners. Ultimately, Peggy Sue Zinn's shot of a photographer capturing rough weather and Peter Brown's shot of kite surfers were chosen as Award of Excellence winners

See the full contest rules at

Check out entries as they are posted to the contest by going to
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