Vote for GH in 'Today Show' contest

A photo of Grand Haven's pier and lighthouse near sunset, taken by a former Grand Rapids resident, is winning a national photo competition.
Tribune Staff
May 24, 2013


Mary Riley sent two photos to NBC's "Today Show" for its “It’s a snap! Americana!” photo competition — one of the Grand Haven icon and the other of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Both were selected.

“I wasn’t even notified that I had been selected,” Riley said.

The "Today Show" hosts a weekly competition with different photo assignments, ranging from "Adventure and Inspiration" to "Travel and Getaways." This week is "The Spirit of Americana."

Riley said she and her family spent many summer days in Grand Haven. Even after relocating to Cleveland, Ohio, the Rileys return to Grand Haven every summer and rent a house.

“I took that picture in the summer of 2009," she said of the Grand Haven pic. "It was a Kodak Easy Share camera, nothing fancy. The biggest thing is, I got two selected. I didn’t even expect one."

To vote for your favorites on the "Today Show" photo competition, CLICK HERE.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

— By Riley Thyfault, Tribune intern



Same old GH pic we have seen a thousand times..


I cant believe that the 2nd pic selected in the competition was the average female facebook 'I'm in my car' self portrait photo. Crazy.


Sarcasm? The other picture is the photographer.


Same old picture to us but to the rest of the world they see a wonderland vacation spot... That is why we are so lucky to live in a place like this.

I travel a lot for work and get to show the place we live and everyone is surprised of how nice it is and that we have long sandy beaches.


Thank you "Lakeshorelookout" for your genuine appreciation of this beautiful picture. Our daughter is the photographer of that picture, and we are very proud of her. And as for "Meansmith's" sarcastic comments-- you need to grow up and truly learn to appreciate EVERY beautiful sunset you are fortunate enough to see.
A blind person would give anything to see something this exquisite-- even for a moment, so maybe you shouldn't take it for granted-- the sunset OR your eyesight.


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