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A BIG thanks to everyone who participated in the CIL Summer Photo Contest!  We were so happy and humbled to see so many fantastic photos of so many of you living life, doing what you do, showcasing life across our region as we emerge from the pandemic. The aim of this photo contest was to capture everyday life of people with disabilities across our community, and we couldn’t be prouder to showcase so many great stories through this contest.

Three lucky participants were randomly selected to win the grand prize of $100! And as a gesture of thanks to everyone who submitted photos, all participants are receiving a small gift card prize.

Now, drumroll please…. The three grand prize winners of the photo contest are…..

  • Judith Ingram
  • Charista Guzman
  • Le’Sha’ Tanimowo Harris

You can see a sampling of all the photos below, along with a few “just for fun” award categories.

If you submitted a photo to the contest, watch your email or phone for your prize. Everyone who submitted a photo will receive at least a small gift card. Note: CIL staff were not eligible to receive the prizes.

Thanks everyone and enjoy the rest of the summer!

#ThisIsAbility #AuthenticallyYou #WeLoveOurCommunity #DisabilityPride

Jacklyn Howard, saline, doing a cartwheel downtown saline with most spirited graphic overlay Brandon Preston, Monroe, wearing a suit and taking a selfie, saying I look like a mob boss. Most spirited graphic. Erica brown, saline, holding up fabric painting art and describing how she enjoys art and participating in the online art program since the start of the pandemic Megan hunt, Jackson, holding a camera in her garden le-sha tanimowo harris, Ypsilanti, in front of her house and garden, my garden is a piece of my peace Carolyn inn, Ypsilanti, just ate a turkey sandwich and relaxing selfie pic Richard grabowski, Ypsilanti, selfie Jacob Nelson, Chelsea, riding an adaptive bicycle for people with disabilities Sarah Lachapelle, a dental student photographed in northern Michigan with friends after participating in a marathon to benefit multiple sclerosis Kayla Hudson, dexter, carrying bags of cans in a parking lot, doing exercises at physical therapy, and walking her dog in front of her house Judith ingram, Ypsilanti, modeling in downtown Detroit Charista Guzman, Ypsilanti, sharing her artwork and story of pursuing art balancing serious rare disease Tom Hoatlin, South Haven, in front of equality sign in Chicago