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Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Your Participation Appreciated!! My Photo Is A Finalist In The Project Imagination Photograpy Contest! Exciting News!!

I am writing this email to let my friends, family and others, know about something really wonderful that is happening with my photography work right now, and to invite you all to participate if you would like to!

I recently entered a couple of major Photography Contests.
One of those is the 'Project Imagination' contest which is being sponsored by the director Ron Howard, about 4 or 5 other movie directors, and the Canon company. Project Imagination is a national contest with 10 theme categories. The first six categories are now in their second phase....a PUBLIC voting phase.

I received a phonecall last week that one of my entries, 'THE WAY HOME,' had been selected by their judges as one of 30 finalists in the 'SETTINGS' theme category. Now my entry, and all of the other finalists in six of the theme categories, are open to you or anyone for voting. Out of the 30 finalists in each theme, 7 will be chosen as winners by you the voters, and 3 will be chosen by the judges.

You may vote ONCE a day for ONE finalist in EACH theme category (one vote per day, per category, per individual ISP number.)
You can vote every day starting today through September 24th and the more you vote the better obviously.

As many of you know, I am not crazy about the idea of 'public' voting in contests, but this is how Canon set it up. I clarified with the representative who called to notify me, that they do expect and encourage the finalists to invite friends and family (or anyone else we choose) to register on the site and vote for the photos they like, as well as posting to Facebook and elsewhere. So, feel free to forward this info to anyone you think might be interested and/or post it to your Facebook page, Twitter, etc.

Here is an excerpt from the official notification I received this morning from Canon addressing the public voting:

"Can I tell my friends and family?
· Yes! Feel free to promote voting via emails, social media and any other outreach.
· You should also remind all of your friends and family that they have a chance to submit to the 10th theme through September 24th.

Can I speak to the media?
· Immediately following the announcement, local reporters may be interested in speaking with you for interviews (this could be for digital publication, newspapers, OR television) and we can help set it up! If you are contacted directly by someone in the media looking to profile you as a finalist in Canon’s Project Imaginat10n, please reply with the following:

· For all media inquiries about Canon’s Project Imaginat10n campaign, please reach out directly to Courtney Engel at cengel@alliance-agency.com and she will coordinate press releases, photos and interviews."



The voting just started, today September 11th. If you want to vote for my entry (or anyone else's that you like), here is what to do:

1) Go to the main contest website and register. It only takes a minute or two to do so. Here is the link: https://www.longliveimagination.com/

2) Once you have registered, click on 'THE GALLERY' tab at the top of the page.

3) Next, click on the 'Browse by Theme' downward arrow. A listing of the themes will open up. Click on 'SETTING.'

4) Now click on the words 'Search The Gallery' and the search icon near the upper right (light grey type) of the page.

5) A search line will open up. Type in ONLY my first name, Rory, then click on the search icon to the right of my name. (If you type in more than my first name this won't work for some reason.) All my entries will appear.

6) Now click on 'Finalists.'

7) Now, the ONLY image you will see is my finalist entry 'The Way Home' which is a snowy landscape. If you hold your cursor over the photo you will see the words in the center 'Expand to VOTE.' Click on the center of the photo.

8) After the photo opens up in the large format, move your mouse down to the bottom of the page, then click on the 'VOTE' tab...lower right near the heart symbol.


Ok, that is how you vote for my photo! If that does not work, you will have to just find my entry among the 30 finalist entries in the Settings category.
If you want to vote for other finalists in the other themes, go back and click on the Gallery tab and move on to the other themes.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help. I wish they had made this easier as far as the voting goes, but this is the only way I know of at the moment.

I really appreciate your help and support......and your vote IF you like my finalist entry.
I am really excited too because out of the 10 winners in each theme, one will be selected at the end of the contest that the directors will base their next movie projects on....FAR OUT!!!

Much love to you all,

Rory

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Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

rory, this is very exciting...i hope the faa family will support you and your art!
thank you for sending on a private e mail as well ;)

 

Douglas Wilks

2 Years Ago

Rory,

Congratulations. I know how strong the competition is in that contest. I watched the contest and resulting film from it last year. I did enter a few images in this contest this year. I hope your image wins for the theme of setting.

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much Marlene! I really appreciate your support!!!

I also want to thank the FAA member who posted notice about the Project Imagination contest to the forums here...which is how I found out about it. I cannot find the post now as it was quite some time ago, but a huge "THANK YOU" to the poster!!!

An FAA friend suggested I post my finalist photo so here it is:

Art Prints

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

glitch...guffaw!!!

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

thank you so much Douglas! I appreciate your support!!!

 

Carla Carson

2 Years Ago

Congratulations Rory! You know you have my support!!! I will vote everyday till you win!!! :D heading there now..... Good Luck! Carla :) I voted, but not sure if it took? It didn't do anything when I clicked on vote. You will find my comment there. I will try again tomorrow... :)

 

Patricia Strand

2 Years Ago

Rory, best of luck to you in this competition! You have my support. Carla, you are right, it doesn't tell you if your vote "took." I think we have to assume it did.

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Hi Carla and Patricia!!
First, thank you so much for your well wishes and for trying to vote. There seems to be some confusion about the voting from what I am seeing in the comments on the contest website.

I think from what I saw today, that when you click on the center of the finalist photo where it says, "Expand to vote" that it does the trick, but just in case, I would also scroll down once the larger image opens and hit the vote tab anyway. I tested it last night and one of those two actions worked because when I tried it again it told me I had already voted!!!

Thanks again for your encouragement and support!

Douglas...I will look for your images!!!!

 

Tisha McGee

2 Years Ago

Congratulations Rory! Best of luck, hope you win! :D

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much Tisha!!!

I was just thrilled to have one of my images chosen as one of the 30 finalists...making it into the final 10 would be thrilling!

 

Christine Till

2 Years Ago


LOL! Now THAT'S what I call vote solicitation BIG STYLE.

Well, it's all about marketing ... and I'm off now to voting.

 

Jolanta Anna Karolska

2 Years Ago

Dear Rory...wishing you all the very best in the contest...thank you for sending a private email too..
The image that has been chosen is outstanding...and it put you in the finalists group which is just absolutely fantastic! I have voted yesterday...and must say I wasn't sure whether my vote was accepted..but then I tried to vote again...and I knew it has been...as you can't vote twice on the same day...so that is a good indication for someone who is not sue...
I hope you get to final 10 !!
best of luck Rory...go,go.go girl!!
Jolanta xx

 

Nice!! I'm a finalist as well. Lets support one another! :)

https://www.longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/46344

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Dear Christine,

I figured you would comment here and I am glad you did. I will only address this once here because this thread is about something really joyful that has happened for me...and I don't want to ruin it! If you want to respond, I ask that you be respectful of my good news, and respond either in another thread or by private message.

This is vote solicitation...and as I explain clearly in my post above, it is mandated by CANON and the contest guidelines...because it IS the second phase of the contest. I also explain that if it was up to me, it would not be the case. I did not create the contest parameters, but I do have to abide by them.

This contest is encouraging and mandating vote solicitation....just as the PUBLIC voting FAA contests do. However, this is not at all the kind of vote manipulation that I have taken issue with in the past. I have repeatedly said that I understand the reasoning and purpose for soliciting in FAA public voting contests. What I, like many other members, have taken issue with, is when member only voting contests are continually hijacked, not even just by those soliciting in a straightforward manner, but by cliques of associates that make sure members of their group always win...to the detriment (in my opinion) of other contest contributors that also have fabulous work that deserves to win.

I really appreciate your support and generosity in voting for my finalist entry....that is very kind!

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Jolanta...you are an ANGEL!!! Thank you so much!

Courtney! CONGRATULATIONS...that is awesome!!! I just saw your wonderful finalist entry in the Project Imagination contest RELATIONSHIP category and voted for it!!! I love your photo and will vote for it every day!!!! Maybe we both will be able to celebrate even more in October...guffaw! Wouldn't that be marvelous?

 

Jolanta Anna Karolska

2 Years Ago

bump

 

None None

2 Years Ago

Rory,

Just finished voting for your image. I'll keep going back (love that shot).

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Jolanta, Courtney and Kelley....THANK YOU!!!

I so appreciate your kindness!

 

Elizabeth Lane

2 Years Ago

Very nice photo!! Congratulations!!!!!!

 

Elizabeth Lane

2 Years Ago

Rory there is a website called the art list : artlist.com, membership ranges from less than $10.00 to $40.00 a year for membership (there is also a free membership level), for which you can have access to a number of juried shows all over the world.....categories include photagraphy as well as painting, sculpture etc....any medium. It would be worth it to look into this site.

 

Jolanta Anna Karolska

2 Years Ago


Please register and vote for this gorgeous image created by one of our fellow artists Rory Sagner - a finalist selected by judges in Canon contest " The Way Home ".
As you can see the image is outstandingly beautiful so please show your support!

Art Prints

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much Elisabeth! As soon as I can catch my breath from Project Imagination and one other international contest I am entering, I will check it out!!! I appreciate your comments very much!

Jolanta....you are amazing! If you were not such a great artist, I'd say you should definitely be an AGENT...guffaw!!!!

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

In response to many requests for help from entrants and visitors having trouble with voting, here is an update on voting in the Project Imagination Contest from Canon. My steps in the first post of this thread seem to be working however!


Hello,

We know there has been some confusion regarding the public voting process in Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” Contest and hope to resolve any questions.

Additionally, a few finalists have requested talking points for any media inquiries. To assist you, please find talking points attached that provide background information regarding the finalist announcement, campaign, last year’s project and what to expect this time around.

How To Vote:

1. Guests first need to register on the website: imagination.usa.canon.com

2. Once in the Photo Gallery, click “Finalists” to view all of the Finalists at once. Alternatively, you can “Browse By Theme” and then select “Finalists” to view the 30 Finalists in that theme.

3. Each Finalist photo, on rollover, says “Expand to Vote.” If you click the photo, it will expand and show an option in the bottom right hand corner to “Vote.”

4. Once you have voted, the voting icon will turn bright white.

5. If you are trying to send friends a link to your photo, each photo has a unique URL. That means that if you're looking at your photo individually, the URL that shows up on the site is unique to your photo. If you want to share a link to send friends directly to your photo, you can use that link. This URL will take you to the individual photo view and you can vote as described in #2.

6. People can also share their photos directly from the “My Dashboard” section of the site.



Reminders:

· If for some reason the finalist photos do not appear in the website gallery, please refresh the cache in your browser.

· Each person can only vote once each day per theme with their registered email address.

· If for some reason you have missed any email from us regarding Canon’s Project Imaginat10n, please check your Spam folder and then add us to your contact book.

· For all media inquiries about Canon’s Project Imaginat10n campaign, please reach out directly to Courtney Engel at cengel@alliance-agency.com and she will coordinate press releases, photos and interviews.



If you have any questions, please let us know.



Thanks,

Deborah

Deborah Rebarber

Account Executive

200 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10010

 

RC DeWinter

2 Years Ago

Congratulations, Rory, that's really great news. I wish you all the best.

 

Rory Sagner

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much RC!! Was that one of yours I saw on Project Imagination???

The final theme is now open for submissions!!!

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yes...well said Rory...

To take part in the contest you have to be USA Citizen...but voting is open to the whole world....
bravo!
will have a look at your new additions Rory...and good luck! You are a busy bee!! brilliant!

 

Donna Parlow

1 Year Ago

Voted again

 

voted again...

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Jolanta and Donna!!

Only 7 more days of voting left for my theme category (Setting) and the 5 others that are currently being voted!!! So please keep voting once a day if you can!

ALSO the voting started TODAY for the next 3 categories....GOAL, OBSTACLE, and THE UNKNOWN. There are some fabulous entries in those categories so you might want to take a look! And submissions are still open for DISCOVERY for those of you interested! There won't be finalists for that category, but there will be one winner..chosen by Ron Howard himself! That will be interesting.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for helping me in this endeavor...and don't forget that both Donna and Courtney are finalists that would appreciate your daily vote as well!!! Hope we all can celebrate in October with good news!!!!

Rory

PS Jolanta....are you available as an agent??? (Guffaw)

 

Dale Ford

1 Year Ago

Voted, Rory. The best of luck. Your image is just beautiful.

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Dale....your comments were really wonderful and I appreciate your support!

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Dale....your comments were really wonderful and I appreciate your support!

 

Oc I am ...for you always!! hahaha

 

voted 19th sept

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Jolanta!!

Only 5 more days of voting!!!

I really appreciate the support of all of the FAA members that are taking the time to go and look at all the wonderful work in this awesome contest and to vote!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Rory

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

bump!

 

5 more days...only 5 more days...so please carry on voting for our Rory...
I have just voted!
The time is getting close!!
Keep your spirits up!!

 

https://www.longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/5473

here is the link to Rorys image...please vote!

 

Donna Renier

1 Year Ago

Hi Rory

I see you have gotten a lot of support. i'm very happy for you.

i worked like a million hours this week and have neglected getting the word out. but you never know. its still fun though...but this is a good learning experience. and i like this site. do you have oother photos on it yet. i still need to understand all this a bit more. for instance copyright / ownership.. not sure how it all works.

my girlfriend is a terrific photograhper and she sent me this link - more contests... i actually havent checked it out yet. i will this weekend.

http://www.good.is/tag/creativity


did you have problems with people not being able to register?. most of my friends (yeah like 4 out of 7) told me their email address was rejected as not being valid. disappointing. they tried different computers and different email addresses, etc.... but no good

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Hi Donna!

I was sort of in the same boat working and other challenges this week. Hoping that those 3 images going to be picked by judges will give us a chance! I have no idea how many votes we all have...and am actually glad we cannot see that!

Yes, many people responded here and have been so kind! One challenge though is that I found many people still did not realize that they can vote once a day for one image in each category.

It's a gorgeous website, but not very user friendly and they've been having problems with not all the finalist images loading by theme....yegads! It also would have been helpful if they had a page of "Voting instructions," as many people have had trouble figuring it out. I had not heard of anyone having trouble registering...that is strange. You should have them email the help email address for the contest immediately!! Maybe they could just register them. I have voted for your photo every day except one I missed.

You do not relinquish copyright, but the release we had to sign had a few things in it I found pretty scary. It's nearly impossible without either being an attorney or having one, to understand all the legalese in the agreement. I spoke with a nice gal there who reassured me...and I understand about companies trying to protect themselves, but it was required to confirm our finalist status...so what are you going to do? It might have been informative to see what happened with last year's winners.

Thanks for the link...I will check it out this weekend! Only 3 more days of voting now...for us...whew!!!! Another FAA member emailed me about other great contests too, but I think you have to pay a certain amount to join the site that gives out the info. I have to dig through old emails, but when I find it I can send it to you!

Ok, time to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

Thanks for checking in and don't give up! Your photo is gorgeous and so perfect for the category!

PS Did you put any photos in Discovery? I have 3 in there!



 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Update!!!

Only 3 voting days left if you would like to support Courtney, Donna and I in the Project Imagination contest!

Also, 3 days left (through the 24th) to submit your own entries for the "DISCOVERY" theme...the last category open in the contest and the one that Ron Howard will pick the winner from!

There are now over 100 pages of entries in just that category...WOW!!!

Just want to thank all of you again for your support and interest! Hope that we can all celebrate in mid October when the winners are announced!

 

done....that means voted..haha

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you Jolanta...you are true blue to the end!!!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote! Here is wishing the best to Courtney and Donna who besides me, are also finalists!



 

Susanna Raj

1 Year Ago

Sorry Rory...just started reading my emails. I tried to vote for you but the voting had already ended! I could only post a comment.

Hope you win!!!

Susanna

 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thanks anyway Susanna...I appreciate your comments too!

 

Donna Renier

1 Year Ago

Didn't get the call -

if you did they probably asked you not to say anything yet so dont worry about responding. still hoping for you and courtney!

i did write a new song though and that has distracted me from being disappointed.

I wrote one during the contest as well so i'll get them up on youtube as soon as i can find a decent way to record them.






 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Hi Donna!

Just wondering what makes you think they are done notifying? I ask because they say the winners won't be announced until mid October...and it's only the 4th today. I am not giving up on your gorgeous finalist entry!!!! And really, if you consider that your photo was one of 30 chosen by the judges out of THOUSANDS as a finalist, even just that is a huge honor!

When they notified us about being finalists we could not say anything until they made the public announcement, so yes, I am sure you are right about that being the same for the winner notifications.

Let's just see what we find out between now and October 15th!!!!

I do think that it make take them awhile because there were about 13,000 entries in the Discovery theme category...amazing!.

 

Yes...hmmm...we just have to sit and wait...haha

 

I am bursting with pure joy and happiness for our girl Rory Sagner...who is one of the winners in Cannon contest!!
This is such a wonderful news that I can hardy contain myself..hahah
Congratulations Rory! I am so proud of you!!
Well done!!
What a fabulous news!!
Lets open up champagne bottle now! haha
brilliant!!
wow!
love and hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Victoria Tekhtilova

1 Year Ago

i'm very happy for you.
Good luck and successful promotion.

 

Donna Renier

1 Year Ago

Super Congrats Rory!! on winning and on your first sale.



 

Rory Sagner

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Victoria and Donna! And Jolanta you know I have posted LOTS of messages to you in the lovely thread you started for me....but another thank you never hurts, lol!

Donna, I think your photo was awesome and hope you will enter again next year! I really appreciated getting to go through the finalist process with you and Courtney...so thank you again for that!!!

Hugs to you all,

Rory

 

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