Omar Abdallat, a 33-year old cartoonist from Jordan, is the winner of the Cartoon Spring Competition. His cartoon 'Tweet of Freedom', about the power of social media, was selected by a jury that included well-known Arab cartoonists Mohammed Gueddar and Kifah al-Reefi.
The Cartoon Spring Competition was organized by our partner Radio Netherlands Worldwide, in collaboration with the Dutch comic festival Stripdagen Haarlem. In the competition, young Arab cartoonists (under 35) were given the opportunity to share their perspective on the Arab Spring with an international audience.
Last week, we published the ten finalists. The cartoons were diverse in style and in vision. Some expressed a sense of (albeit cynical) optimism in getting rid of the old regimes, while other cartoons warned of the dangers the future holds. According to the jury, the cartoon by Omar Abdallat is the winner because it is simple, strong and unique. As winner of the competition, Omar Abdallat will become a member of Cartoon Movement, so we expect to see a lot more of his work in our newsroom soon.