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The winning design for the United Service Organization Okinawa 2006 T-shirt contest was this hand-drawn artwork submitted by teenager Rachel Toups. The USO now is seeking designs for its 2007 T-shirt design competition.
The winning design for the United Service Organization Okinawa 2006 T-shirt contest was this hand-drawn artwork submitted by teenager Rachel Toups. The USO now is seeking designs for its 2007 T-shirt design competition. (Rachel Toups / USO Okinawa)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The United Service Organizations Okinawa is seeking original designs for its annual T-shirt contest.

The USO Okinawa’s 2007 T-shirt Design Contest is under way, and the organization will accept entries until midnight Oct. 27, said Shari Jenson, a USO spokeswoman. The winning designer will receive $100 and have the design printed on the back of the USO Okinawa’s 2007 T-shirts.

Designs must include the words “USO Okinawa” and “2007” and cannot contain trademarked, copyrighted or offensive material, according to a USO news release.

Jenson offered some inside advice for contestants.

“Originality is important,” she said. “Something original and trendy would be kind of nice.”

She suggested that designers visit the organization’s Web site to get a better understanding of the USO because “we’re looking for a design that encompasses all that the USO does.”

The contest, open for island-wide participation, is a great chance to get creative and have your work seen, Jenson said.

Last year’s design was hand-drawn artwork submitted by teenager Rachel Toups.

All entries will be on public display at the Camp Foster and Kadena Air Base libraries Nov. 1-30. The winner will be selected Dec. 1 and notified via e-mail by Dec. 15. Visit www.uso.org/okinawa for submission guidelines and contest rules.

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