Happy Social Media Day #SMDayMI, Pure Michigan! (CLOSED: Plus a Giveaway!)

It’s Social Media Day here in Pure Michigan, and we would like to celebrate each and every one of you! It is our amazing and supportive fans and community that make Pure Michigan what it is today.

So, today we would like to know – what Michigan business, college, organization or city do you love to follow on social media? Tell us your favorite Michigan handles to follow and why on Twitter using #SMDayMi, and you may win a Pure Michigan sweatshirt! Don’t forget to check back if you submit, the best responses will be featured here throughout the day.

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You’ve asked, and we’re answering! As another #SMDayMI celebration, we’d like to announce the launch of our very own Snapchat! Today, we’re taking you from Sunrise in Detroit to Sunset on Lake Michigan. Follow along with us under the username Pure-Michigan and send us your favorite Michigan snaps of this beautiful state. Happy snapping!

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Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Share your snaps with us!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

We’re sharing snaps from a coast-to-coast road trip today!

View 18 Breathtaking Photos on Display This Summer at the Detroit Riverwalk (Plus a Giveaway!)

Kick off this summer with Pure Michigan as we celebrate reaching a new milestone of one million Facebook fans – and we have an exclusive code for you use to create your own photo album!

To celebrate our loyal fans, we partnered with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and installed more than 1,000 of your photos along the Detroit Riverfront from Rivard Plaza to GM Plaza, showcasing the diversity and beauty of our state.

Our fans serve as contributors, storytellers and ambassadors by sharing their photos and memories around Michigan. These ambassadors have contributed to the overall success of the Pure Michigan campaign and have helped 113.4 million visitors in 2014 select Michigan as their vacation destination.

From now until Labor Day, stroll down the Detroit RiverFront to enjoy the display of photos telling our fans’ stories of what Pure Michigan means to them.

Below are just a few of the amazing photos displayed. Again thank you for all of your support and sharing your Pure Michigan moments with us!

GIVEAWAY: Need a place to display all of your own Pure Michigan photos? Build your own 8″ x 6″ album with pictures you’ve taken around Michigan to share with friends and family on Collage.com! Use the exclusive offer code PUREMICHIGAN at checkout and only pay shipping for a softcover photo book. Offer valid through August 31, 2015, while supplies last. Happy photographing!

Detroit Bridge at Twilight

Photo Courtesy of Barb Guobis

Photo Courtesy of Barb Guobis

Fireworks in Grand Rapids

Photo Courtesy of Amy Kopec.

Photo Courtesy of Amy Kopec.

Winding Roads & Fall Colors in Ann Arbor

Photo Courtesy of John Blair.

Photo Courtesy of John Blair.

Holland State Park on Lake Michigan

Photo Courtesy of Jean Woltjer.

Photo Courtesy of Jean Woltjer.

Northern Lights in Cheboygan

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Haddock.

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Haddock.

Stairs to the Beach in Saugatuck

Photo Courtesy of Kim Walter.

Photo Courtesy of Kim Walter.

Houghton Dock at Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Jim Page.

Photo Courtesy of Jim Page.

A Run Through Flint

Photo Courtesy of Paris Wood.

Photo Courtesy of Paris Wood.

Rainbow in Marquette

Photo Courtesy of Christine Brown.

Photo Courtesy of Christine Brown.

Nothing Like Relaxing in Cadillac

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Palm.

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Palm.

A Paradise Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Terese Chandler.

Photo Courtesy of Terese Chandler.

Frozen Berries After a Battle Creek Ice Storm

Photo Courtesy of Melanie Taylor.

Photo Courtesy of Melanie Taylor.

A Beautiful Farm in Boyne City

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Biereng.

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Biereng.

Bridge Through the Trees in Sault Ste. Marie

Photo Courtesy of Susan McLeod.

Photo Courtesy of Susan McLeod.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Lighthouse

Photo Courtesy of Randy Bowdler.

Photo Courtesy of Randy Bowdler.

Morning View of Long Lake in Alpena

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Roskey.

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Roskey.

Escanaba Sailboat

Photo Courtesy of Paul Rose.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Rose.

 Great Lakes Bay Reflections

Photo Courtesy of Dean Fletcher.

Photo Courtesy of Dean Fletcher.

What are your favorite places around the state? Share your #PureMichigan moments with us!

Life’s A Beach: Announcing Pure Michigan’s 10-Day Instagram #BeachChallenge

Photo by Instagram user @jmwuokko

Photo by Instagram user @jmwuokko

UPDATE: Congratulations to Gina Ferwerda, winner of our Pure Michigan Instagram #BeachChallenge! Read about Gina’s winning entry and see 14 other photos that will get you dreaming of a perfect Pure Michigan beach day here.

From sparkling blue waters to the chance to reconnect with friends and family, Michigan’s beaches are as as diverse as they are beautiful!

As the summer beach season kicks into high gear, we, along with our partners at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), are excited to announce the launch of our 10-day Instagram #BeachChallenge!

We’re challenging our fans to share photos of their favorite Michigan beaches on Instagram to showcase the great variety of activities that travelers and residents can enjoy during a day at the beach in Pure Michigan. For each day of the 10-day challenge, fans will be asked to share photos that represent that day’s challenge topic.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @PureMichigan on Instagram. If you don’t have an Instagram account, get started here.
  2. Take a photo of your favorite Michigan beach. Share your photo with us @PureMichigan using hashtags #PureMichigan #BeachChallege. Post your photo using Instagram, Twitter or our Pure Michigan Beaches gallery, and tell us the location of your photo in the caption! (On Instagram, be sure to include the hashtags in the photo description and not the comments section).
  3. Follow the link provided in the auto response.
  4. Complete the entry form and view your photo in the gallery.
  5. Check the challenge topic schedule below and get ready to share your next #PureMichigan #BeachChallenge photo.
  • June 20 – Favorite Beach to Catch a Sunrise or Sunset
  • June 21 – Favorite Dog-Friendly Beach
  • June 22 – Favorite State Park Beach
  • June 23 – Favorite Beach to Fly a Kite
  • June 24 – Favorite Beach for Watersports
  • June 25 – Favorite Beach for Fishing from a Shore or Dock
  • June 26 – Favorite Beach to Experience Clear Waters
  • June 27 – Favorite Beach to Take a Long Walk
  • June 28 – Favorite Beach to Hang Out with Family and Friends
  • June 29 – Favorite Beach to Watch Fireworks
Photo by Facebook Fan John McCormick

Photo by Facebook Fan John McCormick

All entries tagged with #puremichigan and #beachchallenge will be populated into the gallery on michigan.org. For each challenge topic, we’ll choose one daily winner to be featured on our Pure Michigan Instagram page and receive a Personal Sun Care Kit from the Pure Michigan Store.

At the end of the challenge, we’ll choose one grand prize photo from all entries received. The grand prize winner will have their photo featured across Pure Michigan social channels and receive an “Ultimate Pure Michigan Beach Day” prize package that includes a 24 oz Pure Michigan Water Bottle,  Beach Towel,  Tote Bag, Fire Pit,  Tackle Box, Fishing Lure Kit,  Ice Berg Cooler,  Fun Bucket with Shovel and Personal Sun Care Kit.

The grand prize winner will be announced during the week of July 1, 2014.

View the official contest rules here.

Happy Instagramming! We’re so excited to see our fans’ spectacular photo submissions!

Where is your favorite Pure Michigan beach?