Michigan Wine Country Photo Contest

Thank you to all the photographers who entered the Michigan Wine Country Photo Contest, and thank you to all of our loyal Michigan wine lovers who voted!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the sponsors of our contest: Wickwood Inn, Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant, and Wine Tours of Michigan for the SW package; and Grand Traverse Resort, Tastes of Black Star Farms, Chateau Chantal, and Celtic Transport for the NW package.

The votes have been tallied, the judges have conferred, and these are the winners ...

View from Willow

The photo receiving the most votes and winner of the "People's Choice" award is "View from Willow" taken by Jennifer Hayden of Ionia. Jennifer was given first pick of the two amazing Grand Prize Packages and chose the Southwest Michigan wine touring package. She says, "My husband and I absolutely love Traverse City, but it's my New Year's resolution to check out southwest Michigan wineries. We've traveled to other wine regions but hands down prefer Michigan wines for the attention to detail, complexity and variety."



Vineyard Wedding

All finalists were evaluated by our judges to determine which entry would be the best choice for the cover of the 2014 Michigan Wine Country magazine. There were several strong contenders, and "Vineyard Wedding" by Eugen Muntean of Canton (Sublime Moments Photography - www.sublimemoments.com) is winner of the "Judges' Choice" award and will be featured on the cover! Eugen will receive the Northwest Michigan wine touring package. He says this about his winning photo: "My friends Bruce and Vicky had their wedding at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson last August. I tried to create an environmental portrait of them while emphasizing their love and the beautiful surroundings. I think that wineries are a great location for cool and different weddings."

Michigan Wine Country Photo Contest

The Michigan Wine Country Photo Contest has been created by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to solicit photos for Michigan Wine Country magazine. Michigan Wine Country is the signature publication promoting Michigan wines, wineries and wine touring, and we are hoping you can help us find the perfect photos for the 2014 edition of the magazine by sharing yours!

Criteria for Submitting Photos

  • The contest is open for entry from Thursday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12 noon EST.
  • The Michigan Wine Country cover is in a vertical format and suitability for the cover will be a prime consideration for our Judges.
  • Participants must be able to provide submitted image at a MINIMUM resolution of 2625 pixels horizontal and 3500 pixels vertical at 300 dpi. Entries that do not meet this size will be disqualified.
  • To be considered for the magazine cover, the image must be generic enough to not be easily identified as any specific winery.
  • Any identifiable individuals in your photo must have signed a photo release or otherwise given permission to use their likeness for this purpose.
  • You may submit up to 10 photos.
  • You must be at least 21 years old at the time of entry.
  • Complete rules, terms and conditions

Judging Procedures

Michigan Wine Country Table of Contents

All submissions will be reviewed by our Judges who may contact you to confirm photo details. The Judges will select Finalists during the entry portion and post them online to this page and on Facebook as they are chosen. This will help to promote Michigan wine, the contest and your entry!

On December 2nd, all the Finalists will be posted for voting and anyone may vote once per 24-hour period for any photo until the contest concludes on December 20, 2013 at 12 noon EST.

The votes will be tabulated and the top vote-getter (People's Choice) will receive first pick of the two Grand Prize Packages. The Judges' Choice selection will receive the remaining Grand Prize Package and will appear on the cover of the 2014 Michigan Wine Country magazine. Please be aware that the People's Choice is not guaranteed placement on the cover, just their pick of the prize. If the People's Choice and Judges' Choice are the same entry, the photo receiving the second-highest number of votes will receive the second Grand Prize Package. All Finalists will receive a Vintage Michigan Membership. The winners will be announced online on January 6, 2014.

Only Finalists will be considered for use on the cover of Michigan Wine Country. However, all submitted photos may be considered for use on interior pages of the magazine.

Grand Prize Packages

Thank you to our tourism partners for their generous donations to our Grand Prize Packages!

Northwest Michigan Wine Touring Package:
2 nights, subject to availability at the Grand Traverse Resort
1 Matterhorn Dinner for two at Tastes of Black Star Farms
1 VIP cellar tour at Chateau Chantal for 2 people
Shuttle service to and from Chateau Chantal by Celtic Transport

Southwest Michigan Wine Touring Package:
2 nights, subject to availability at the Wickwood Inn
1 Dinner for two at Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant
Wine Trail Tour for two from Wine Tours of Michigan

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