Winner will inspire a movie co-directed by Ron Howard
Emerging African-American photographic artist Courtney Elaine has always loved a good story. An avid reader, she couldn’t resist when a call for photographs was issued for a competition that teams Canon and major motion picture actor/director Ron Howard together. This competition, entitled "Project Imaginat10n" invites participants to submit photos that adhere to 10 storytelling elements called Themes. The photographs were then judged by Canon, Ron Howard, and community voting. From this year's many thousands of entries, only 30 were selected as Finalists in each category for the first phase of the competition. The public will now decide on 7 of the 30 finalists to become winners and Ron Howard himself will choose and additional 3 Finalists to make the number an even 10 winners for each Theme. Submissions are still being accepted for the final Theme of the contest.
Courtney says she first developed a deep appreciation for the power of photography as a young child when she picked a book from her family's bookshelf to read. The book entitled, "The Torch is Passed," by Saul Pett chronicled the pivotal events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. "To this day, I can't tell you what was written in the book, it was far too advanced for my reading level then. But those images, the pictures in the book told the story so completely that I didn’t need to read. I was so moved by those images that, even as a child, I understood the great loss that Kennedy's death represented for our country and I was saddened by it. Photography has a way of doing that, of capturing moments in time, and allowing us all to experience them through time and space. Photography is timeless," she said.
This is the second year in a row that Canon and Ron Howard have partnered for this creative venture. Designed to demonstrate how the inspiration for a narrative can be found in photographs, Canon approached Ron Howard with the idea for this challenging project. Last year, over 100,000 photographers submitted photos and of those, eight were selected to influence award-winning short film "When You Find Me" directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard. This year the winning photos will inspire short films directed by a stellar cast of celebrities. Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman, James Murphy and Biz Stone have already signed up for the project and will be mentored through the directorial process by Ron Howard. Five additional directors will be named at a later date bringing the total number of films that will be produced this year to ten, which is reflected in the number "10" in "Imaginat10n."
Ecstatic to have had her image selected, Courtney needs your vote to win however. You can visit https://longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/46344 to vote on Courtney's image. Registration is required, but you may log in using facebook or twitter to submit your vote. Voting ends on September 24, 2012 and competition is stiff and she appreciates all of the support and encouragement she has received since the Finalists were announced.