10 cartoons about the World Cup in Qatar

In 2021, the Guardian revealed that an estimated 6,500 migrant workers died in Qatar during the construction of the stadiums that will host the World Cup. Since then, cartoonists have commented on the World Cup with a steady stream of cartoons, mostly featuring footballs, skulls, stadiums and graveyards. As the World Cup is set to start on Sunday, we take this opportunity to share 10 of our favorites. If you'd like to see even more Qatar World Cup cartoons, you can visit our collection.


Spanish cartoonist KAP offers a suggestion to those planning to go to the World Cup:



A simple visual that doesn't need any explanation, by Dan Murphy:



We've seen many cartoons featuring skeletons beneath the football field, but this one by Maarten Wolterink, titled Revenge of the workers, takes the cake.

Maarten W


Another cartoon with workers buried beneath the football field, but this one by Luc Vernimmen manages to include a lot of detail; we especially like the FIFA official approvingly testing the grass:



Although we've seen many footballs transformed into skulls, this visual by Morhaf Youssef is quite unique:



Zach from the Philippines offers this powerful visual:



This cartoon by MATE from Argentina plays with another symbol that we see frequently in cartoons about this topic, the worker's helmet:



Jawad Morad manages to use the Iwo Jima pose trope in a very clever way:

Jawad Morad


We couldn't do a selection of cartoons about Qatar without including at least one skull, so here it is in a cartoon by Mir Suhail:



The final cartoon in our modest selection is by French cartoonist Bernard Bouton and shows the only score that really matters:


COP in cartoons

The COP27 starts in Egypt on November 6. Another get-together of world leaders to discuss the need to stop talking and start acting. Our cartoonists have been following previous COPs with some interest, so we're sharing some of these cartoons, going back to 2015.




This first cartoon by Italian cartoonist Enrico Bertuccioli does a good job conveying the general message throughout all the cartoons that deal with the various climate summits. Although there is a lot of talk about the need to take immediate action, it seems like the participants are operating on a different sort of clock...


COP21 - 2015 - Paris


Niels Bo Bojesen from Denmark already pointed out the need for urgent action back in 2015.


COP22 - 2016 - Marrakech


A year later in Morocco, Abdelghani Dahdouh pointed out that the industrial plundering of the earth appeared to continue unabated.


COP23 - 2017 - Bonn


A year later, another dire warning, this one by Cuban cartoonist Ramses Morales Izquierdo


COP24 - 2018 - Katowice


Austrian cartoonist Marian Kamensky show the delegations leaving COP24, held in Poland. Not much has been achieved, in his opinion.


COP25 - 2019 - Madrid

COP25 - falco

Cuban cartoonist Falc0 suggests a new logo.


COP26 - 2021 - Glasgow

COP 26 Sluka

Gatis Sluka from Latvia points out the difference between words and actions.


COP 27 - 2022 - Sharm El-Sheikh

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Dutch cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards shows where we are in the process of rescuing the earth.


Were ending this overview with two cartoons by Anne Derenne and SWAHA, pointing out the fundamental problem of all the COPs and predicting the future respectively. Check out even more climate cartoons here.


COP forever - Anne Derenne


COP36 Swaha

Cuban cartoonist Carlos David Fuentes is the winner of the European Cartoon Award 2022

Carlos David Fuentes - Courrier International The winning cartoon, by David Carlos Fuentes

The European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht, founders of the European Cartoon Award, proudly announce the name of the winner and runners-up of this year’s edition of the contest. The first prize was awarded to the Cuban cartoonist Carlos David Fuentes, for his work Putin in Ukraine published in the French magazine Courrier International (with first publication on Cartoon Movement). The two runners-up are cartoonists Marilena Nardi (Italy) and Harry Burton (Ireland). Honourable mentions were awarded to Jean-Michel Delambre (France) and Vasco Gargalo (Portugal).

The works of the winner and runners-up were selected from over 400 submissions, coming from 29 countries, European, and beyond, by a jury composed of award-winning cartoonists, previous year’s nominees, activists, and experts.

Janet Anderson, chair of the Panel of Judges: 'The jury was impressed by the powerful storytelling and striking imagery of many of the submitted cartoons. Tom Janssen rightfully said that Carlos David Fuentes' cartoon is the right image to portray this difficult year; it has a very dramatic impact, and it is very strong. Harry Burton's cartoon on abortion rights tackles a very big issue with wit, and in a clearly recognisable image. Lastly, it might seem the issue of Afghanistan slipped off the world’s agenda, but the underlying issues are still huge, and Marilena Nardi’s cartoon tells that story in a simple but very effective way.'

The cartoons of the two runners-up, Marilena Nardi (published in the Italian newspaper ‘Domani’) and Harry Burton (published in the Irish outlet ‘Irish Examiner’):

Marilena Nardi - Domani.jpg

Harry Burton- Irish Examiner

The jury decided to award two honourable mentions as well, to Vasco Gargalo and to Jean-Michel Delambre:

Vasco Gargalo - Sábado

Jean-Michel Delambre - Le Canard enchaîné

Again Janet Anderson, chair of the Panel of Judges: 'Jean-Michel Delambre’s cartoon treats the subject of the Ukraine invasion in a humorous way, all the while driving home a point, and a very important one. Vasco Gargalo’s lollipop cartoon is about an issue that is still affecting much of the world, and for its shocking reminder, the jury decided to award it with a special mention.'

The jury of the European Cartoon Award 2022 was composed of: Tom Janssen (2021 winner), Janet Anderson, Catherine André, Jen Sorensen, and Niels Bo Bojesen. And, for the first round of selection, a jury composed of four previous year’s nominees joined the voting: Osama Hajjaj, Saeed Sadeghi, Konstantinos Tsanakas, and Vitor Neves.

After 2 rounds of evaluation, the two juries identified a batch of 16 cartoons that qualified for the final selection. Here is the list of the 16 nominees the cartoons belong to: Toso Borković (Serbia), Dave Brown (UK), Harry Burton (Ireland), Hajo de Reijger (Netherlands), Jean-Michel Delambre (France), Carlos David Fuentes (Cuba), Vasco Gargalo (Portugal), Emad Hajjaj (Jordan), Silvano Mello (Brazil), Marilena Nardi (Italy), Pierre Pauma (France), Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands), Gatis Šļūka (Latvia), Matías Tejeda (Argentina), Mahnaz Yazdani (Iran), Nahid Zamani (Iran).

Emanuele Del Rosso, Head of Communications at the European Press Prize and organiser of the ECA 2022: 'The incredible power of editorial cartoons is clear when we look at the sixteen works shortlisted for the final stage of the ECA, and even more, at the winners of this year’s Award. These are works that tell us a whole story in a single image. They convey multiple meanings, they make us think, and help us interpret a cultural and political reality that is harder and harder to understand.'

Exhibition: Framing the War

On July 14, our exhibition Framing the War was opened in the Sound and Vision media museum in The Hague by the director of Sound and Vision and the mayor of  The Hague. Framing the War shows 100 days of war in Ukraine with about 125 photos of the Dutch press agency ANP and 75 international cartoons from Cartoon Movement.

In the photos posted below, we'll try to give you an impression of the exhibition, but we highly recommend that, if you're in the area, you go see the exhibition for yourself. It will be on display until September 4. More information here.









Photos by Cartoon Movement and by Rob Hogeslag.

Cartooning the future

Last week, we did a project titled Cartooning the Future for the Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands. During the annual Summerschool of the Ministry, we hosted a workshop for employees of the Ministry, challenging them to sketch their vision of the future.

The sketches were uploaded to the. Professional cartoonists from across the globe chose the best, most inspiring ideas and turned them into editorial cartoons. On Friday July 8th a selection of these cartoons was on display in The Hague, during the festive closing conference of the Justice and Security Summerschool.

You can check out all the cartoons and sketches on the project page of The Next Movement. Here below, we give a small impression of the exhibition.






New cartoonist: Iain Green


Iain Green is a cartoonist from Scotland. His first work as a political cartoonist appeared in Punch magazine, around the time of Tony Blair’s ‘97 election win. Since then he has worked for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Guardian, Independent and the Scottish Daily Mail. He has also contributed to Holyrood magazine since 2005.

World Press Cartoon 2022 winners

The winners of World Press Cartoon, one of the most prestigious cartoon awards in the world, were announced this weekend. We are proud that the winners include multiple cartoonists who publish on Cartoon Movement, including the winner of the Grand Prix. You can see the winning cartoons below. Check out all the WPC winners here.