SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An amateur photographer from Springfield has won a national competition.
As part of her prize, her photograph will be turned into a short film by a Hollywood celebrity.
Nicole Andrews, now a freshman at Southwest Baptist University, found out she was a finalist in Canon's Project Imagination photo contest. Her picture of a ballet slipper, called "Bound by the Shoe," caught the eye of one of the competition's judges-Hollywood celebrity Jamie Foxx.
"It's just kind of not real right now," Andrews said. "Everything's going on in New York and it's just a big shock."
It was a shock for her parents, too.
"You see him online talking about the photo and about Nicole," her father, Jeff Estill, said. "And you look and you see him on Saturday Night Live and this great movie that's coming out."
Andrews had to wait several months for Foxx to make his selection. She and her parents said they had almost given up hope.
"There was such a time lapse in between I had kind of given up," Andrews said. "I thought, 'It's not going to work out.'"
Her picture is one of a handful that will be turned into a short film by Jamie Foxx and director Ron Howard.
In the selection video, Foxx remarked that he chose the photo because it reminded him of the focus that performing artists require. But Andrews and her family can only speculate what the final product will look like
"Everyone is kind of connected," Andrews said said. "And I'm really excited to meet them and the directors and Ron Howard."
Andrews took the photo on a small, pro-sumer level camera. Now she is shopping for a newer Canon DSLR. She said she wants to begin expanding the business she started taking portraits for her friends.
It's just a hobby but it's turned into something great at least for now.
"I'm just kind of hanging out waiting for everything to unfold," she said. "I'm just excited to see what happens."