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Winners! Check Out Who Won Weeks 8 and 9 of the Your Patch of Michigan Photo Contest

One pic shows a slice of Detroit history; the other shows off our state's natural beauty. Both are winners in the 2012 Your Patch of Michigan Photo Contest.

Attn. readers: We have two weeks of Your Patch of Michigan 2012 winners to announce. 

First up, our winner: Congrats to Lisa Seal for her picture of the historic Corktown neighborhood in Detroit. Our judges loved the slice of history with the old Victorian storefronts and the homage to Tigers' heroes in the background. The judges also loved that it shows one of Detroit's new hotspots, Slow's Bar-BQ, and the bright colors on the re-energized block of Michigan Avenue.

Lisa says of the pic: "The picture was taken during the Corktown 5K run on March 13th. My husband was running, while we were waiting for him to come in we spent time taking pictures of the area.  It was such a cold grey day the colors of the buildings on Michigan Ave just popped!"

And then we have Week 9's winner: Holly Awwad shared a darling photo of her two girls fishing on a family camping trip. One judge called the photo "too cute for words." Simply put, many Michiganders grow up with memories like this on our wonderful lakes, and this photo beautifully captures that feeling.

From Holly: "The photo was taken at the Metamora-Hadley Recreation in Metamora, MI area on July 14, 2012. We were taking our very first camping trip as a family and decided to go fishing over by one of their docks. We also had a lot of other family with us as well. Their Uncle Jeff rented a row boat to take the girls out fishing in, and they couldn't wait a few minutes for us to go out so they boarded to boat early and started fishing while it was sitting ashore. It was the perfect photo opportunity before they put on their life jackets and launched out.  My youngest ended up catching the most fish that day and she was a very proud little girl!"

How do you enter? Check your Michigan Patch each week this summer for a chance to win. You can .

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.

You can view all of our weekly champs so far in

Holly Awwad August 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thanks so much to those of you who took the time to post positive and supportive comments. It is very much appreciated!!!
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey August 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Yikes, I step away for a minute and the trolls come out. Sorry folks. We're going to require comments be reviewed before anyone can post on this and future photo contest stories. We'll try to keep the trolls at bay. Mark, consider it moderated.
gjh August 02, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Those little girls are having some fun together and making some good memories - that's a pretty recreation area with a small lake for swimming and fishing, you can camp, ride bikes, hike the trails etc. Nice photo.
carol jeffers August 02, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Those little girls are so sweet.And the picture is so beautiful wish I was there fishing. So glad you won!!
Robin Missant August 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM
What a beautiful picture, it just says summer in Michigan.....just beautiful!!!

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