Cover photo credit: Raymond Gaynor, Milky Way and Comet Neowise

The 2023 Photo Contest has concluded and all of the judging has been completed! Last year was our most successful photo contest yet. In fact, we had over 600 entries from over 90 photographers! Over the next six weeks we will be announcing a total of 62 photos from the individual categories winners and runner-ups. 

We are excited to announce our 2023 Photo Contest Best in Show Winner!


Two Towers

By Patrick Russell (Detroit)


For the first time our overall Photo Contest winner comes from the Scenic Cityscapes category! This photo showcases off some notorious, beautiful historic and modern structures in Michigan’s largest city in conjunction with a wonderful natural environment that only Michigan has to offer!


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2023 Best in Show: Two Towers, by Patrick Russell
Location: Detroit (Belle Isle Park)

Scenic Water Winners and Runner-Ups

Winner: Layers and Facets -- Nature's Jewelry, By Robert Lee (Grand Portal, Pictured Rocks)

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Scenic Byways, Roads, and Trails Co-Winners and Runner-Ups

Co-Winner: Ethereal Day, By Brenda Anttila (Toivola)

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Scenic Night Sky Winner and Runner-Ups

Winner: Town and Its Lights, by Allison Denman (Marquette)

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Scenic Landscapes Winner and Runner-Ups

Winner: Summer Sunrise at the Lake, By Jenifer Selwa (Ontonagon)

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Scenic Cityscapes Winner and Runner-Ups

Winner: Detroit Rowers at Sunset, By Patrick Russell (Detroit)

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Un-Scenic Blight Winner and Runner-Ups

Winner: Byproduct of Water and Sewer, by Tricia Bernhard (Grand Haven)

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