The photo of Army SFC Brett Meadows embracing his daughter Kasey upon his return from a tour of duty Afghanistan
Project Imagination/photo by Tara R.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But, is it worth a movie?
Aurora native Jessica (Weisickle) Meadows hopes so. The 1998 South Dearborn High School graduate’s husband and daughter are the subjects of a photo which has a chance to win a national contest.
Hollywood movie director Ron Howard is overseeing Canon’s Project Imaginat10n, a contest where photographers around the world can submit a photo to be made into a short film by celebrity directors including Eva Longoria and Jamie Foxx. From thousands of entries, only 10 photos from 10 categories will be selected winners determined by Howard and public online voting.
Meadows now lives El Paso, Texas because of her husband’s service in the Army at nearby Fort Bliss. Earlier this year, her husband, Army SFC Brett Meadows of Lexington, Ky., returned from his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. They met him at the airport.
As soldiers filed off the plane, the family was full of anticipation, but none perhaps as much as Jessica and Brett’s daughter Kasey. That’s when a photographer took the shot.
“This photo was taken as my husband was the last to come off the plane from Afghanistan our daughter run right under the ropes, which was not allowed to do so, and she grabbed him! Everyone just cried,” said Meadows.
Judges on the Canon website have already selected the photo as one of 30 finalists in 10 categories based on various criteria including aesthetic quality, originality, and overall impression. Now, the 10 winners – one in each category - will be selected based on the online voting.
To view the contest entries, go to https://www.longliveimagination.com. You can find and vote for the photo of Meadows’ husband and daughter by going to the gallery and searching “Hero’s Homecoming” through September 24. There will be a limit of one vote per person and per email address per theme each day.
Meadows says she and her family will move to Germany in December before Brett’s fifth deployment to Afghanistan in April 2013. Prior to going overseas, they’ll be back in southeast Indiana to see friends and family soon.
“I'll be visiting for (the Aurora) farmers fair this year and I'm more than excited. We won't be able to travel to the states much once moving to Germany,” Meadows said.