High School Student’s Shot Wins Online Pure Michigan Photo Contest

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said this week that Ryan Zeller of Croswell is the winner of the Pure Michigan 2014 Michigan Moments Photo Contest.

Zeller is a senior at Croswell-Lexington High School who plans to attend Wayne State University next fall to major in photography. His photo captures a golden sunrise at Lexington State Harbor on a winter morning.

The photo will be featured as the cover photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page and will be included in the 2015 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide, due out next fall.

Said Zeller: “I took this photo in mid-December on one of the coldest days of the year to try and get some good shots of ice fisherman. The sun rises every morning, but this man just happened to be strolling across the frame. I can’t help but wonder what his story is or why he was there that chilly morning. It’s an endless wonder that speaks to me whenever I look at this Michigan moment I was lucky enough to capture.”

Added Leslie Hornung, senior vice president of marketing and public relations at the MEDC: “We continue to be impressed and inspired by the tremendous photos submitted during this contest, and the passion for Michigan they clearly display. Ryan Zeller’s photo embodies the majesty of Michigan while highlighting our state as a four season destination.”

This year, more than 4,350 photos were entered into the contest, with 35,438 votes being cast. Photos included scenic vistas, urban excitement, touching moments and vacation memories spanning every corner of the state and all four seasons.

To see all the photos submitted as part of the Michigan Moments Photo Contest, visit michigan.org/photocontest.

Copies of this year’s Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide are now available on michigan.org and at the 14 Michigan Welcome Centers across the state. It is also available as a free digital edition for computers, smartphones and tablets.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

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