deftbeat got my vote for this one. I just loved everything about it. The render, colors, and effects just come together so well. _gwenibe_ was the runner up for me as usual, just love the colors in the BG.
I also liked anime_8000's entry. For some reason the checker tile BG seems to go so well with Ayanami. As for aceman67's....LOL.
~Good luck to all and happy voting
FYI: Also a little something for the GFX enthusiasts of AO:
AO Banner Contest for 2009!!!