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OpenOffice.org announces contest winners

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OpenOffice.org has announced the winners of its template and clipart contest. The judges distributed a total of five cash prizes totalling $1,700 for templates, and three cash prizes totalling $1,300 for clipart, as well as two Honorable Mentions for templates. In addition, the project will send T-shirts and other OpenOffice.org merchandise to many of the other entrants.

By the October 31 deadline, the contest had attracted 97 entries: 24 for Writer, 31 for Calc, 11 for Draw, 15 for Impress, and 16 for clipart. A number of entries were sets of three or more, especially for Writer and Calc, so the total number of templates and clipart received was more than twice as high as those numbers. Russell Ossendryver of Worldlabel.com, which sponsored the contest, says, "We were a little worried during to first couple of weeks, as only a few entries trickled in. Then during the last several days there was an explosion of entries."

Entries were judged initially by Bernhard Dippold, Walter A. March, and yours truly, all active members of the OpenOffice.org of the community, and the judging process overseen by G. Roderick Singleton and Scott Carr of the OpenOffice.org Documentation Project. Each judge narrowed the entries to three finalists in his category, and forwarded them to Ossendryver, who chose the winners.

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