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Photo Contest: Show Us Your Patch of Michigan and Win!

Show off your favorite photos, from Up North to your own backyard. We'll award weekly prizes for the photos that say 'Michigan' in content, tone and spirit.

Editor's note: Week one of the contest is closed, but follow Patch each week week this summer for more installments!

Michiganians have a love affair with their state. From Up North to their own backyards, our state has an allure that cannot be denied. So why not share your visions of Michigan in photos in our Your Patch of Michigan photo contest, and possibly win a prize for doing so?

For the entire summer, we'll pick a winner every week based on voting by a panel of Michigan Patch editors. Each weekly winner will get a prize.

For the week of May 24-June 3 (a little longer this first time because of Memorial Day weekend), the prize is a $50 gift certificate to  in Troy.

After Labor Day, we'll pick a grand prize winner from all of the weekly winners.

The grand prize winner will receive a certificate for a two-night stay at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island (to be used before Oct. 31, 2013, and blackout dates and other restrictions may apply). The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $600.

Do you need to be Ansel Adams to win this? No. The single qualification for photos you send is that they say "Michigan" to you. If it oozes "Michigan," it qualifies.

How to enter Your Patch of Michigan contest

Here's how you can enter: We have a few photos here to start things out.  first become a registered Patch user if you aren't already, then add to the photo gallery on this page.

In the photo caption area, be sure to include your real, full name and the place where the photo was taken, as well as any other relevant information about what the photo shows. The email address you use to register with Patch must be a working one so we can reach you should we have questions or should you be selected as a winner.

Each week, we'll have a new gallery and a new winner.

All photos must be posted by midnight each Sunday to be judged for that week. The first week's photos will be judged from May 24-June 3.

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. And this wouldn't be a contest without a . Please, no more than three (3) entries per person per week. The winner will be selected each Monday, and must respond to notification within 48 hours.

If you aren't quite sure how to upload a photos, check out our  to uploading photos to Patch. If you still have trouble or have questions, email Associate Regional Editor Beth Valone at beth.valone@patch.com.

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