“Enjoy Michigan” Photo Contest

enjoymi, 2017, winnerMichigan History is looking for the perfect photo to publish on the magazine’s back cover. Enter our “Enjoy Michigan” contest today for your chance to be featured!

Please note: the 2017 photo contest deadline has passed.  Information on the 2018 Michigan History photo contest will be posted soon.


Photographers: The contest is open to all amateur photographers, including those who make less than 50 percent of their income through photography. Michigan History and the Historical Society of Michigan staff and board members and their immediate families may not enter.

Images: Photos must be the work of the entrant and have been taken in Michigan (within land and lake boundaries). Photos must be in color (no 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 something historical in Michigan. The winning photo will be used on Michigan History’s back cover for our “Enjoy MI” segment. Only photos in portrait orientation will be considered.


Judging will be based on overall clarity and technical quality with attention to composition, color, and creativity. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entries deemed unsuitable.


One winner will be chosen, and the winner’s photo will be published on the back cover of the January/February 2018 issue of Michigan History.
Winning prize: $100 plus a one-year subscription to Michigan History.

Entry Instructions

enjoymi, 2017, runnerup

Up to 3 entries may be submitted per photographer. Entries must be submitted electronically by e-mailing individual images to editor@hsmichigan.org. Paper mailed entries will not be considered. Please send one image per e-mail with “MHM Photo Contest,” your name, and submission number (for example, 1 of 3, 2 of 3) as the subject line. In each e-mail, include complete contact and entry information: your name, address, phone number, e-mail, image title, and location at which the image was taken. Digital images must be formatted as JPEGs, 300 dpi or higher. Each must be at least 9 inches wide by 12 inches high. Include your name in the file name for each photo.


All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2017.
Winner will be notified via e-mail on or before October 30, 2017.
Questions? Contact HSM Magazines at editor@hsmichigan.org.


By entering the contest, you automatically convey to Michigan History and its publisher, the Historical Society of Michigan, unlimited (by media), nonexclusive publishing rights to each image submitted. Any uses of these images beyond the photo contest and its promotion will be contingent upon your approval and will be fully credited and compensated by a one-year subscription to the magazine. You retain the copyrights to each image.

Images with recognizable human subjects should have permission from those in the photo, available to Michigan History upon request.


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