It's the 2018 'Star Wars' Fan Awards! May the Creative Force Be with You

In the first "Star Wars" Fan Awards, loyal fans of the intergalactic saga have a chance to showcase their creative talents and display their love for a galaxy far, far away. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Calling all "Star Wars" mega fans! The 2018 "Star Wars" Fan Awards contest has been underway for a while, but there's still time to get creative and submit your best fan work for a chance to win the ultimate prize.

Through this contest, "Star Wars" fans can show off their creativity and their love for the galaxy far, far away. Fans can showcase everything from their cosplay work to their filmmaking chops by submitting an original film, a piece of visual art or a photo. Fans have until Sept. 17 to submit their work, and each category has several subcategories in which fans can claim first prize. Winners will receive a "Star Wars" prize pack containing a plethora of merchandise and, of course, a shiny trophy they can display for bragging rights. In the end, thirty-four fans will go home victorious.

This contest stems from the longstanding "Star Wars" Fan Film Awards, which has highlighted fan filmmaking for many years. But this year, in the contest's inaugural year, the "Star Wars" Fan Awards will have categories in both short and long films but will also allow for fans to express their creativity and love through visual art and photos. ['Star Wars'! 40 Surprising Facts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away]

Creative mega-fans of "Star Wars" will have a chance to show off their skills in the 2018 "Star Wars" Fan Awards. Fans can submit everything from cosplay to original films. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

In the short film (up to 15 seconds) and long film (up to 5 minutes) categories, winners will be chosen for best choreography, best animation, best comedy, best visual effects, best stop-motion, filmmaker select, spirit of fandom and audience choice. But what if your video is hilarious but lacking in visual effects? No worries. The number of categories will give fans with a wide variety of skills and talents an opportunity to win.

In the visual-art category, winners will be chosen for best digital art, best poster art, best custom costume, best 2D/traditional art, best 3D/physical art, best custom figure, best custom diorama, best in show and audience choice. In this category, cosplayers, painters, graphic designers and others have a chance to win.

In the photo category, winners will be chosen for best scene-inspired photo, best family portrait, best throwback photo, best original concept, funniest photo, best pet photography, best "Star Wars" food presentation, best in show and audience choice. These categories allow for widely varying entries, as fans can submit everything from sweet family portraits to food photos inspired by the franchise.

A few Lucasfilm pros have even stepped in to give fans helpful tips to ensure that their entries get the attention of the judges. Amy Beth Christenson, art director for the "Star Wars Resistance" series, offered this advice for fans unsure of their technical skill. "Great art is more about the idea than the execution," she said. "Find that hook, find that original and inspired idea. As long as you have enough skill to get that across visually, people will always have a stronger response to a unique interpretation over a photo-realistic rendering or an elaborately detailed piece."

Creative "Star Wars" fans have just a few more weeks to make sure their work is out of this world, but it's not yet clear whether or not judges will favor entries from the Rebel Alliance or the Empire.

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Chelsea Gohd
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Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.