July 23, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- A classic
vacation and a child frolicking in
were the perfect combination for a
couple to submit the winning entry in Consumers Energy's first-ever Green Generation photo contest.
A photo of then-1-year-old
last year earned
Todd and Kristen Wheeler
the top prize in the "This Is My Michigan" contest, designed to spotlight and benefit
To view and download their photo, click here
Consumers Energy will plant 5,000 trees throughout
and is providing a paid dream vacation in the state to the Wheelers for their photo. Nine other finalists will receive
"We are thrilled by the response from customers to this contest. It was not easy to choose one from this outstanding field, which started with more than 2,000 photos," said
, Consumers Energy's Green Generation program manager.
"This contest illustrates the pride that
residents have for their state, and we were thrilled to be part of that, caring for the
communities we serve. That includes growing more renewable energy right here, part of our Promise to
Click here to hear and share an audio recording of Shirilla talking about the photo contest.
The Green Generation program supports Consumers Energy's renewable energy efforts. More than 17,000 customers have voluntarily enrolled, financially supporting more energy that comes from wind and landfill gas sources. To learn more, go to
took the photo of son Jackson, who is now 2, during the family's annual trip to
, which typically includes a visit to
, and Todd is from
. They also have a daughter, Samantha, 5.
"My kids love the water, and our son was having a ball," said
of the winning photo. "My wife just grabbed the camera and started taking pictures."
For their vacation trip,
said they are thinking of traveling to
, southwest of
largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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