Fifteen Pure Michigan Moments To Inspire Your Next Getaway

Another successful Pure Michigan Moments photo contest is in the books. This year, a record 4,000 photos were submitted! We were absolutely blown away by the number of images that truly captured the beauty and character of Pure Michigan. These 15 awe-inspiring Pure Michigan moments are reason enough to pack your bags and make a trip to the Mitten State. 

To view all of the submissions from this year’s contest, visit michigan.org/photocontest.

Congratulations to our winning photographer, Ryan Zeller! We love this wintry sunrise taken in Lexington, MI. Read about Ryan's winning entry here.


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Amazing sunset at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, MI. Photo by Joe Gee


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Turnip Rock in Port Austin. Photo by Shalee Blackmer.


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AuSable River near Oscoda. Photo by Steve Femminineo.


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South Haven, MI. Photo by Pete Shannon.


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Rise and shine on Douglas Lake. Photo by Michael Tokarz.


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Lake Michigan wave action at McGulpin Point. Photo by Linda Sorensen.


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Michigan love at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Photo by Dane Vermeulen.


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Manistique, MI. Photo by Carly Maas.


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Grand Rapids, MI. Photo by Amy Kopec.


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Backpacking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Gary McCormick.


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The Presque Isle River on a fall morning. Porcupine Mountains State Park, Ontonagon, MI. Photo by Brad Terry.


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Hickory Corners, MI. Photo by Joey Stap.


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Loving the sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Deb Oung.


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Wagner Falls near Munising. Photo by Paul Schrader.


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Do you have a Pure Michigan moment to share? Tag it with #PureMichigan on Instagram or Twitter or post it to our Pure Michigan Facebook page!