Local Photographer Receives National Attention

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Updated: 7/17/2013 10:39 am
 An Idaho Falls photographer had a photo selected out of 30 thousand submitted to help influence a short film with Ron Howard's Project Imagination.  

"It was early in the morning and we were driving to the lake where we were going to take off from and I noticed the fog starting to roll in the trees and I just thought, just maybe, and when we got to the lake and sure enough there was the fog sitting on the lake and I knew I had to take that picture. It was just beautiful, a gorgeous morning," said Steven Hatch, a Photograph Winner with Ron Howard's Project Imagination.  

Photography has been a hobby of Hatch's for about 11 years now and he says every picture tells a story. Last summer he was uploading his "Foggy Lake Take Off" photograph when he saw the advertisement to submit a photo and help inspire Ron Howard's new movie. 

"I got a notice within two weeks that said congratulations you have been selected as a finalist for the Ron Howard Project. I was excited and it quite overwhelming," added Hatch. 

And now that the winning pictures have been chosen, it's your chance to compete with world renown filmmakers like Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy.  You have a week from July 16 to go online and look at the 91 photos, select 10 which represent 10 different storytelling themes and create a short film to be submitted at the 2013 Film Festival. Hatch adds that he is looking forward to seeing what the directors create with his photo, but for now he is just going to enjoy photography as a pastime with his daughters. 

"It's fun to have these events happen that kind of stretch you beyond what you have come from and I'm a big believer that who we are and who we can become are two different things so pushing ourselves outside of the norm is a great thing to do. I can encourage all of us wherever we are in our lives to push a little and just move up to that next level and accomplish more in our lives," said Hatch. 

If you want to see the winning photos or create a short film and take your chances in the Director chair you can go online to www.imagination.usa.canon.com.  
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