Canon U.S.A., Ron Howard And The Public Select 91 Winning Photos For “Project Imaginat10n” Which Will Inspire Short Films Directed By Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman And James Murphy

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, Ron Howard and the public, have selected 91 winning photographs from the “Project Imaginat10n,” contest where five innovative celebrities – Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem) – will direct short films based on ten of the photos.

A consumer vote helped narrow down the photographs, where one of the selected winners’ photos was chosen by Ron Howard in the “Discovery” category to be a thematic tie across the celebrities’ films. The directors will now each select one additional photograph from the other nine storytelling categories that personally inspire them, ultimately utilizing ten photos to represent their creativity and imagination. In addition to “Discovery,” the themes include Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown and Time. The winning photographs determined by Ron Howard and the consumer vote can be seen at imagination.usa.canon.com.

Ron Howard said, “In choosing ‘Unparalled’ for the Discovery category, it was important that I picked an image that was tremendously imaginative, visually fantastic and thematically pliable so that it could give the filmmakers a lot of possibilities to inspire an element of mystery and suspense. Moments of discovery are often what you remember most in a film.”

In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. partnered for a similar creative endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” Eight photos were selected and influenced an award-winning short film, “when you find me,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. For year two of Canon’s “Long Live Imagination” campaign and the next endeavor, “Project Imaginat10n,” Ron Howard will once again mentor the celebrity directors as they begin the filmmaking process to prove that “we’re all creative.”

“I am so passionate about the integrity and user-generated process of ‘Project Imaginat10n’ where our celebrity directors can be directly inspired by photographers from all across the country,” said Ron Howard. “As we selected the photographs, I was blown away by the beauty, perspective and intrigue that they conveyed, and was thrilled that so many people wanted to once again take part in this exciting artistic experiment.”

The celebrity directors are currently reviewing the winning photos to make their selections, craft their stories, develop their scripts and prepare to produce their own short films with Canon’s Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras. The films will be produced by Freestyle Picture Company, which also produced “when you find me” in 2011. All five films go into production between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and will premiere at a special “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival. The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents ten films that will ultimately be produced – five additional directors will be announced at a later date.

The 91 winners of the photo contest span in age from 16 to 67 years-old and are from across the country.

Backstory:Predator – Misty Fugate of Sale Creek, TNCleansing – David Pavlina of Lake Zurich, ILPause – Kayla Rice of Brattleboro, VTDry Dock – Danielle Austen of Hillsborough, NJMemories – J.W. Hendricks of Orlando, FLCornish Pigs – Beth Gardner of Peabody, MATony the horse – Kamran Khan of New York, NYRest Easy – Grace Lankford of Hummelstown, PAWash Up – Susie Conley of San Francisco, CAFires be damned! – Melissa Wollenberg of Littleton, CO

Time:Foggy Morning – Omalix Martinez of Orlando, FLNostalgic Light – Tim Braun of Heber, UTManhattan’s Many Moons – Damon Colquhoun of New York, NYToo Many Shows to Show – Brent Williams of Delray Beach, FLPatch Me Through – Walter Arnold of Hendersonville, NCTime to go our separate ways – Daniel Bajusz of Oakland, CAAnytime…Night or Day – Kim Fitzsimmons of Holt Summit, MOFive More Minutes, Please – Mike Alcoran of Buena Park, CAMorning – Sandra Rouse of Colorado Springs, COWell Worn – Gigi Embrechts of Littleton, CO

Character:Torn – Danielle Torres of Brooklyn, NYHer throne was magic – Brittany Johnson of Edmond, OKDo you know me? – Sacha Sanborn of Columbus, OHThe Bride – Michael Harris of Miami, FLTyrant – Brad Wagner of Missoula, MTMoving On – Dick Pitini of Powatan, VAEverythings Magic – Nicole Matthews of Rocky River, OHPlague Doctor Mask Portrait – Daivd Pritchard of Austin, TXThe Collector – Mary Beth Koeth of Miami Beach, FLArchduchess Antoinette – Michael Rosner of Burbank, CA

Relationship:Whale Kite – Vonelle Swanson of Lincoln City, ORGone fishin – Richard Waters of Broken Arrow, OKSharing a Smoke – Marcellus Nealy of Cleveland, OHSelf Portrait of Henry Jekyll – Michael Bilotta of Worcester, MALet My Machine Talk To Me – Heather Evans Smith of Winston-Salem, NCTwins – Nicholas Scarpinato of Stafford, VAFly – Rachel Procell of Natchitoches, LAMy Mom – Patricia Whited of Norcross, GAPeople Making Out in Bushwick – Laura Kirsch of Brooklyn, NYA Boy and His Dog – Robin Fryday of Novato, CA

Mood:Lost In Blue – Sammie Saxon of Columbus, GACome What May – Tanya Musgrave of Candler, NCStar Lily – Susan Conner of Altaville, CAThe Treasure – MarySue Price of Buzzards Bay, MAcreep – Jennifer Wall of Chesapeake, VAAlone – Brian Pflanz of Somersworth, NHupon being rejected – Ruby Del Angel of Sanger, TXBright Eye – Ryan Waneka of Colorado Springs, COAngst – Emily Hunteman of Austin, TXLittle Girl and the Storm – Theresa McManus of Gilbert, AZ

Setting:Blue Ridge Mountains – Rob Woodcox of Livonia, MIThe Way home – Rory Sagner of Yelm, WAThe Long Walk – Mike Marin of Brooklyn, NYSpinning Fire – Andy Wheeler of Elmira, NYFrom Above – Adam Johnson of Lombard, ILEscapes – Zach Isaacson of Spokane, WABaptismal – Ryan Weiss of Wilkes-Barre, PAFoggy Lake Take Off – Steven Hatch of Idaho Falls, IDUmbrellas At Night – Steven Thompson of Mt Horeb, WITourist View – Dave Ballis of Pinellas Park, FL

Goal:Dedication – Ed Ziehm of Fort Myers, FLJoy! – Michaela Calanchini of San Francisco, CAHallway of Haystacks – Renee Vaughter-Delaware of Cottonwood, AZProtect at all Cost – Amy Larson of Mendota VAAva Admiring Baby Chick – Tim VanBrackle of Daytona Beach, FLBound By the Shoe – Nicole Andrews of Springfield, MODetermined – Sal Rodriguez of St Clair Shores, MIHave I Missed Something? – Carl Williams of Chesapeake, VADon’t let go! – Vincent Lee of Ijamsville, MDAlli’s Dreams – Debra Vickers of Charleston, WV

Obstacle:A Cry for Help – Tavis Glover of Honolulu, HIForgotten Tale – Phil Koch of Milwaukee, WIHot Embers – Reid Collins of Eau Claire, WIQuiet Before the Storm – Nicki Aguirre of Woodbridge, VASpace is just a memory… - Chad Kiraly of Jacksonville, FLThe Giant Chandelier – Cahill Taft of Newport, RIThe Ice Man Cometh – Wesley Wong of San Francisco, CAThe Sharing Game – Brooke Shaden of Oak Park, CAVigor Divided – Jesse McClear of Midland Township, MIWide Open – Marshal Skinner of Herndon, VA

The Unknown:Moon Reflecting in Puddle – Steve Bartlett of Kent, WASalt – Claire Oring of Redondo Beach, CAStairwell Entity – Tom Stirling of Salem, MAEwwww…. – Ron Vollentine of Erie, PAGoats In A Tree – Don Brown of Fort Lauderdale, FLHeart – Dylan Singleton of Columbia, MDPeek-A-Boo – Tyler Bolen of Spokane, WAthe hallway – Dylan Strickland of Los Angeles, CAToo High – Kevin Vandivier of Austin, TXTrouble ahead – Mike Beiriger of Los Angeles, CA

Discovery:Unparalled – Jennifer Harris of New Orleans, LA

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, for the ninth consecutive year, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers Choice Award for Service and Reliability. Committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, Canon U.S.A. provides 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

ABOUT EVA LONGORIAActress, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Eva Longoria is most well-known from the hit TV series, “Desperate Housewives.” Her upcoming theatrical releases include “Long Time Gone” and “The Truth.” She is founder of “Eva's Heroes” and “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” and has been named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. Eva owns BESO restaurants, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, and has a bestselling cookbook.

ABOUT JAMIE FOXXJamie Foxx is an Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-winning actor, musician, and comedian, and one of Hollywood’s elite multi-faceted performers. He will star as the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated “Django Unchained” in December 2012, and then begin production on Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.”

ABOUT BIZ STONEAs a progenitor of the early social web, Biz Stone became an internet entrepreneur in 1999, and later went on to work for Google. Then, in 2006, Biz co-founded the global social media phenomenon, Twitter. GQ dubbed him Nerd of the Year and TIME called him one of most influential persons in the world.

ABOUT GEORGINA CHAPMANGeorgina Chapman is an English fashion designer and co-founder of the fashion label MARCHESA. Serving as Designer and Creative Director of the brand, her designs have become a red carpet mainstay and are regularly featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Recently, Georgina starred as a judge on the television series, “Project Runway: All-stars.”

ABOUT JAMES MURPHYJames Murphy is best known as the leader of the Grammy® nominated band LCD Soundsystem. He also co-founded the DFA label, which released the band’s catalogue including its three celebrated albums. James later provided the original soundtrack for the 2010 film “Greenberg” by acclaimed director Noah Baumbach, and most recently executive produced “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a feature length film chronicling LCD Soundsystem’s farewell show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011.

ABOUT RON HOWARDRonald William “Ron” Howard is an American actor, director and producer. He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom “Happy Days” for six years. He made film appearances such as in “American Graffiti” in 1973 and while starring in “Happy Days” he also made “The Shootist” in 1976, as well as making his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy film “Grand Theft Auto.” He left “Happy Days” in 1980 to focus on directing, and has since gone on to direct several films, including the Oscar winning “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Ron won the Academy® Award for “A Beautiful Mind” as the director and also producer of the film. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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