Jeannie Lajavic snapped this photo of her grandkids on Birch Lake near Elk Rapids. Detroit-area photographers provided 47 entries depicting family traditions of cottage and lakefront living. Ten finalists were chosen, and attendees of the 2008 Cottage & Lakefront Living Show in Novi, Mich., cast ballots to select a winner.

Photo(s) by Jeannie Lajavic