"Like some of you know, the friendship that first began between Poland and Turkey has grown larger and larger in the past five months and (with the help of actor Gerald Home) has turned into an alliance of fan sites from many different countries including Belgium, Portugal and New Zealand.
Last week, an international chat session has been held on the Holonet website for the first time, creating an opportunity to meet many different people from around the world. The participation was more than expected, we have met people that would be the future members of the alliance and together, we have made very important decisions.
First of all, we have agreed on a name. From now on, our alliance will be officially known as “S.W.O.R.A.”, meaning the “Star Wars Outer Rim Alliance”.
And secondly, Gerald Home has become the official ambassador of S.W.O.R.A. He also became the honorary member of SWCC of Portugal.
With this opportunity given to us by TFN, we call all the fans around the world and sincerely invite them. We wish to see more countries as the members of S.W.O.R.A.
Finally, we would also like to announce a contest. We are in need of a logo for S.W.O.R.A., and in order to have one, we decided to hold a logo design contest. There is a prize of course, the designer of the winning logo will get an autographed photo from the ambassador Gerald Home!
Here are the rules:
1. The logo must have a Star Wars theme. It may include Star Wars characters, weapons, planets, etc.
2. The logo must include the name S.W.O.R.A. or Star Wars Outer Rim Alliance.
3. The contest begins on January 20, 2008 and will end on January 27, 2008. This is the final day for contestants to apply.
4. The applications will be held on the message boards of the member countries.
5. There will be applications from the other member countries as well.
6. From the entries, Gerald Home will make the final selection and choose the winner. The winner will be announced on January 30 on each member website. This logo will be the official logo of S.W.O.R.A.
7. The designer of the winning logo will get a signed photo from Gerald Home.
As the members of S.W.O.R.A., we wish good luck to all contributers on this task!"
Below are the links for the member country boards which you can send your designs:
The official ambassador of SWORA, Gerald Home, has selected his favorite among entries from Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Belgium. The winner is Jan "Long_JB" Okulewicz from Poland and here is his winning logo:
And here is an announcement from the ambassador himself:
Dear S.W.O.R.A. Members,
It's your Ambassador here with a few words of explanation about how I chose the winning logo.
Before I start, let me thank everyone who entered the competition - the standard was extremely high and it has been very difficult to choose the winner.
Many of the designs are excellent; however, when you shrink them down to website logo size the symbols and writing in several of them are too small and not legible. This was the reason that many of the entries wouldn't work as a logo.
I also decided not to use anything which was too "political" - too Imperial, or too Rebel - or which had drawings of the Death Star or Darth Vader. Yes, these are fun and interesting, but not "neutral" enough to be the logo of an Alliance which includes Imperials and Rebels - and people who are neither!
I hope you like my choice. I think it's perfect as the first official SWORA logo, and I hereby congratulate its designer Jan "Long_JB" Okulewicz from Poland. Well done! I look forward to seeing your logo on websites etc very soon. Your limited-edition signed photo will be in the post to you very soon, with my thanks and congratulations.
By the way, there were 2 other designs which I selected for possible use in the future, but they must stay a secret for the moment! You'll see them in the months ahead.
Thanks again to everyone who entered. It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to be involved in this wonderful SWORA adventure. Hope to see you on the road. Until then....May the Force be with you all.
Gerald Home Tessek-Squid Head & Mon Calamari Officer STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Ambassador of the Star Wars Outer Rim Alliance (SWORA) http://www.GeraldHome.com/