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Your favorite local snapshot could be a contest winner.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which guides the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, has launched its “Magic Moments” photo contest to help promote one of the state’s leading industries.

The 2014 Pure Michigan Travel Guide, featuring 1 million copies printed and distributed throughout the state, again will feature the winning photo in its second-annual contest.

“I hope some of our really great photographers around here -- amateur or professional -- will submit their entries,” said Sally Laukitis, Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director.

“It’s such a great contest because it gives an opportunity to people all over the state. We have so much natural beauty here.”

The Holland area offers countless photo opportunities, she insisted.

It ranges from the annual Tulip Time festival and Lake Michigan beaches to popular local attractions such as the Big Red lighthouse and snapshots of locals and tourists shopping along Eighth Street downtown.

“I think this fall, for whatever reason, the colors have just been fabulous,” Laukitis said. “I’m hopeful we can get the word out. The photos don’t have to be taken yesterday, though. They can be photos taken anytime and from places that are close to the heart.”

Pure Michigan seeks a photo that “best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan.”

Send us your favorite shots of the Holland landscape to newsroom@hollandsentinel.com.

The inaugural contest prompted more than 3,300 entries last year.

The 2013 winning photo of the St. Joseph lighthouse was submitted by Sean Chess of Coldwater.

Entries may be submitted through Sunday, Nov. 10, using the Pure Michigan Facebook page or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puremichigancontest.

Facebook fans will vote to to determine the winner Nov. 11-17 from 10 finalists.

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