Proos announces Top 10 finalists for Pure Michigan Summer Photo Contest

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Wednesday announced the Top 10 finalists for the Pure Michigan Summer Photo Contest.

“This photo contest was created as a way for Southwest Michigan residents to showcase their artistic talents and the amazing outdoors and activities that make Michigan such an incredible place to live,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We received more than 100 wonderful photos and selecting the finalists was nearly impossible. Thankfully, we had an outstanding judging panel that chose the top 10 photographs.

“All of the finalist photos are incredible and I look forward to seeing which one the people pick to display in the Michigan Capitol.”

The finalist photographers and photos are:
• Maria Dahn of Coloma — “Kayaks on Fortune Lake”
• Connie Hartwig of Stevensville — “Pebbles in Lake Michigan”
• Molly Pate of Berrien Springs — “Sunset Sail at South Haven Beach”
• Camie Green of Union — “Handstands at Sunset”
• Doug Weingart of Bridgman — “On the Beach at Sunset”
• Mark Coulston of Eau Claire — “Red Barn in a Sea of Corn”
• Randy Willis of Benton Harbor — “Rainbow over Vineyard”
• Bruce Wrenn of Berrien Springs — “Sunset at Rock Harbor”
• Madeline Gordon of Edwardsburg — “Sunflower Field”
• Russell Szwabowski of St. Joseph — “Mackinac Bridge at Dusk”

The finalist photos have been posted to the John Proos Supporters Page on Facebook and to the Pure Michigan Summer Photo Contest page on Proos’ Senate website.

Visitors to the pages will be able to vote for the photos they like the most. Each finalist photo will receive one vote for each “like” it gets on Facebook and one vote for each vote it garners on a poll on the Proos website.

The finalist photos will also be displayed in the district for viewing and voting. The Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers will exhibit the photos from Nov. 12 to Dec. 15. The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph will display the exhibition from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6.

Voting will end on Dec. 2 both online and in the galleries.

“I encourage Southwest Michigan residents to check out these amazing photographs and vote for your favorite image,” Proos said. “The photo with the most votes will win and will be displayed in the Michigan Capitol.”


Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at