Printer supplies manufacturer Canon has unveiled the winning photos that will be used in Project Imagin8ion.

It has picked eight images from the 96,362 entries it received, which will act as inspiration for a short film to be directed by up-and-coming talent Bryce Dallas Howard.

Participants were given eight themes – setting, character, time, mood, obstacle, relationship, goal and the unknown – on which to base their images and executive vice-president and general manager of Canon USA's Imaging Technologies & Communications Group Yuichi Ishizuka said the number of entries "far surpassed" the firm's expectations.

"Our goal was to launch a long-term campaign that demonstrates how Canon's technology enables artistry among photographers of all levels," he added.

The competition was set up in partnership with Hollywood director Ron Howard, who oversaw films such as Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon and The Da Vinci Code.

He said the project had "opened [his] eyes" to the possibility of drawing inspiration from a wider audience.