Photo Contest: What is Michigan?

What is it?

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you!  - Michigan's State Motto

Photo by Desmond Kolean-Burley

We live in a great state--we would argue the best state. With over 3,000 miles of coastline, almost 20 million acres of forest, and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan truly is an amazing place to live. However, that only scratches the surface of what Michigan has to offer.

We, along with Lens Therapy, would like to challenge you to capture what Michigan means to you in our joint photo contest, "What is Michigan?"


What are the rules?

CameraMall, The Argus Museum and Lens Therapy are looking for your photos to create a beautiful exhibition in the historic Argus building in Ann Arbor. Enter our “What is Michigan?” contest today for your chance to be featured!



The contest is open to all amateur photographers living in the state of Michigan and who make less than 30 percent of their annual income through photography. CameraMall, Lens Therapy and Argus Museum staff as well as board members and their immediate families may not enter.



Photos must be the work of the entrant and have been taken in Michigan (within land and lake boundaries). Photos can be in color or black and white and may be minimally adjusted for contrast, sharpness, or removal of dust spots but should not be otherwise manipulated to create an image that would not occur in reality.



Photos must represent what Michigan means to you and be taken in Michigan.



By entering the contest, you automatically convey to Argus Museum, CameraMall, Lens Therapy and its associates, unlimited (by media), non-exclusive publishing rights to each image submitted. Any uses of these images beyond the photo contest and its promotion will be contingent upon your approval. You retain the copyrights to each image.

Contestant guaranteed that each image with recognizable human subjects have granted permission.



Judging will be based on overall clarity and technical quality with attention to composition, subject, and creativity. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entries deemed unsuitable. The judging team is composed of two judges chosen​ by CameraMall and two judges chosen​ by Lens Therapy.



Up to 30 photos will be selected by the judges as finalists. Those selected pictures will be published on associated CameraMall, Lens Therapy and Argus Museum social media platforms. The selected pictures will be printed by CameraMall and presented at the Argus Museum from June 6, 2017 to July 31, 2017.



Three images will be selected and awarded:


The Finest Award:

Awarded by the competition judges.


The Favorite Award:

Awarded by popular vote on Social Media.


The Argus Award.

Awarded by the Argus Museum Curator.


The winner will be announced at the opening on June 22, 2017.

An Extra Award might be created at sole discretion of Lens Therapy.


Entry Instructions

Up to 5 entries may be submitted per photographer. Entries must only be individually submitted by e-mailing to


Please send one image per e-mail with “Contest”,and submission number (for example, 1 of 3, 2 of 3 etc.) as the subject line.


Include in your email:

- Complete contact information: your name, address, phone number, e-mail.

- Complete entry information: Title, location and time at which the image was taken.

- The Digital images: Formatted as JPEG, 300 dpi or higher with a minimum of 9 inches wide by 12 inches high (About 3500x 2300 Pixels).



All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 5, 2017.

Selected entries will be notified via e-mail on or before June 5, 2017.

Winner will be notified via e-mail on or before June 22, 2017.


Questions? Contact us by email at


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