Our newsletter for June is out! Read about what we've been up to in the last month, including our emergency statement because threats to cartoonists are on the rise, cartoon projects for new international media platform 5 and the most popular cartoons. If you would like to receive a monthly update, subscribe!
We are delighted to announce we have a brand new website! Our old website was created in 2010, so it was definitely time for an update. The look & feel may have changed, but many of our features are still the same, and some are improved. In this post, we explain some of these improvements and changes in how the site works.
One of the biggest improvements is that the site is now fully responsive, allowing you to view our cartoons on your smartphone with ease. On our homepage, we still publish a daily cartoon. Browsing through the cartoon carousel at the top of the page, you can see the 20 most recent cartoons we have published. Other features on the homepage will show you the latest cartoon uploaded by our cartoonists, the most recent cartoon collection, news and recent comments.
Our old site had a newsroom where our cartoonist submitted their work. The new website simple as a section titled cartoons where you are able to see all our cartoons, listed chronologically. New cartoons will be added in real-time as cartoonists upload new work. Flip the ‘Editor’s choice’ toggle to see which cartoons were picked by Cartoon Movement staff to be featured on our homepage. If you are so inclined, you can also let us know which cartoons you like most by giving them a thumbs up.
Looking for something specific? Our new search function allows you to search for topics, countries, cartoonists, and dates. You can filter to see the most relevant search result or the most recent cartoons. And if you want to use one of our cartoons, every cartoon now includes a button that will allow you to purchase a license for use and download a high resolution image file immediately.
Some sections are still a bit bare, and will be populated in the coming week. And some features will also be added in the coming weeks. One thing that is still missing (but will be added very soon) is our section of comics journalism. In the meantime, we do hope you enjoy the new website. If you encounter any bugs, or have any other helpful suggestions, do let us know!
Studio Europa Maastricht and European Press Prize have announced the shortlist of the very first edition of the European Cartoon Award. Hundreds of cartoons were submitted to the prize and 16 cartoonists from Denmark, Italy, Romania, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the UK are nominated.
European Cartoon Award judge Janet H. Anderson:
'Editorial cartoons are a special type of commentary; they have so many boxes they have to tick in terms of visual storytelling, connection to current events, and providing a clear message. It's a tough ask! For this first ever European Cartoon Award, we judges were all aware that we would be helping to define what this category of journalism can be. What shone out of these cartoons were their sharp critiques, often very funny, of current affairs. We hope this selection helps to illustrate how important this genre of commentary is. We all want to encourage more cartoonists across Europe to enter for this fabulous prize in the years to come.'
The 2020 cartoon laureates are:
Agim Sulaj, published by Fany Blog; Mundiario
Anne Derenne, published by Cartoon Movement
Arend van Dam, published by l’Espresso
Ben Jennings, published by The i Newspaper
Cláudio Antônio Gomes, published by Courrier International
Costel Pătrășcan, published by the Representation of the EC in Romania
Hajo de Reijger, published by Pers & Prent; Cartoon Movement
Halit Kurtulmuş, published by Cartoon Movement
Gorilla, published by De Groene Amsterdammer
Joep Bertrams, published by De Limburger
Marco De Angelis, published by Buduàr; Courrier International
Mette Dreyer, published by Politiken
Victor Eugen Mihai, published by Sportul Băcăuan
Niels Bo Bojesen, published by Jyllands-Posten
Ruben L. Oppenheimer, published by De Limburger
Tomás Serrano, published by El Español
See the shortlisted cartoons here.
The European Cartoon Award was founded by Studio Europa Maastricht and the European Press Prize in 2019; the year the New York Times decided to stop running editorial cartoons. Studio Europa Maastricht and the European Press Prize aim to award courage and quality and provoke conversation on the topic of Europe.
The preparatory committee: Emanuele Del Rosso, Menekşe Çam, Vladimir Kazanevsky, Gatis Šļūka and Thierry Vissol made a first selection from the entries to present to the judges. The judges: Janet H. Anderson, Ramsés Morales Izquierdo and Simone Berghuys selected a shortlist. The winner of the European Cartoon Award will be announced at the award ceremony in Brussels on October 1st.
Cartooning for Peace and Cartoon Movement will be at the World Press Freedom Conference 2020. A number of international cartoonists will join us for panel sessions, workshops and live drawing. More information will follow soon.
Cartoon competition update
The entry period for the Journalism without fear or favour cartoon competition ended on March 1. Although the period for sending cartoons was just 19 days, we received 600 eligible entries from over 200 cartoonists from around the globe.
The jury will convene next week to select the cartoons that will be exhibited at the World Forum and to determine the winner that will be invited to The Hague in April.
The jury is formed by Zunar, Pedro X. Molina and Niels Beugeling.
Zunar is a renowned cartoonist from Malaysia. In 2015 he faced up to 43 years in prison for criticizing the Malaysian government. The charges were dropped after the change of government in 2018.
Pedro X. Molina is an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist who fled his native Nicaragua during a crackdown on journalists and government critics in 2018.
Niels Beugeling is the former director of the Press Museum in Amsterdam. He is the chairman of the Press & Print Foundation, dedicated to promoting editorial cartoons through exhibitions and by giving out an annual award for the best political cartoon in the Netherlands.
If you have not subscribed yet (and we highly recommend that you do!), you can read our newsletter for February here. It was a month of controversies, competitions and new cartoonists.
Image by Antonio Rodríguez,
The World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) will take place on 22-24 April 2020 at the World Forum in The Hague, a city known for its role in international peace and justice. The organization urges those active in the field of press freedom to participate. The WPFC will also feature the first-ever World Press Freedom Festival. At least 1,500 participants from all over the world are expected, including a number of high-profile journalists.
Cartoon Movement and Cartooning for Peace invite cartoonists from around the globe, established artists but also new talent, to send in their work for an international cartoon competition and exhibition at the World Press Freedom Conference.
The theme of the competition is journalism without fear or favour. In many countries the independence and freedom of media is under attack. Journalists must be able to do their work without fear of or favour from any particular person, opinion, ideology, or other actors.
About the theme
Media organizations, journalists, people who use media like you and me: we are all confronted with filters every day. They come in many shapes and sizes. Some countries apply filters by censoring, by forbidding media from publishing on certain topics and by locking up journalists. Companies sometimes also create filters to influence the media. They do this, for example, by deciding not to advertise in a newspaper anymore because of negative reporting about that company. As a result, journalists cannot do their work properly, and we as an audience no longer get to know the full story.
Filters are also caused by a lack of diversity in the media. For example, the number of women we see on TV is still lagging behind the number of men. Media users also encounter filters. Think of algorithms on social media, and how they create your own news bubble. The challenge is to be critical, to fight filters, to break them. In this way we all contribute to a free and independent press. In this way we all contribute to ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour’.
Freedom of expression is a key human right. It is a prerequisite for a well-functioning democracy where people can live freely. Journalists play an important role in this regard, as an independent source of information and watchdog. They must be able to do their work independently and in safety. Unfortunately, this cannot be taken for granted. The independence of the media is under pressure. Even now, journalists are being intimidated, threatened and murdered, including in Europe.
Send in your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rules of Participation:
1. This competition is open to all cartoonists from all over the world. Cartoonists can send in work that is unpublished, or work that has been published before.
2. The cartoons should reflect the theme 'Journalism without fear or favour'.
3. Cartoons should not be about a particular country, person or religion. Cartoons that focus on a certain country, person or religion will be considered ineligible.
4. Cartoon can be black and white or in color, and can be created using any technique.
5. Cartoons must be sent in via email to email@example.com.
6. Cartoon size must be sent in high resolution, minimum width/heigth of 2500 pixels at 300dpi, JPG or PNG format.
7. Each cartoonist can send in a maximum of three works.
8. Participants must include the following in their submission:
a) Full name & address.
b) Email & telephone number.
c) A short bio (max. 250 words).
9. The deadline of the competition is March 1, 2020, 23:59 GMT.
1. A jury will convene in March 2020 to select the cartoons for the exhibition and to determine the winner.
2. One winner will be selected. The winner will be invited to The Hague to make a visual report in cartoons of the conference. Travel and accommodation will be covered, as well as a daily fee for drawing during the conference.
3. Selected works will be included in the exhibition that will be on display for the duration of the conference. Selected artists will receive a small fee for the inclusion of their work.
4. The winners and the selected works will be announced in March.
1. Copyright of the submitted cartoons will remain with the artist.
2. Submitted cartoons may be used (non-exclusively) by the competition organization and affiliated organizations for the exhibition and for promotional purposes, in print and online.
This competition is organized by Cartoon Movement in partnership with Cartooning for Peace.
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The European Cartoon Award 2020 is now welcoming entries. Any cartoonist that works in or is from any of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe is eligible to compete in the European Cartoon Award.
The first edition of this award for the best European cartoon is an initiative from the European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht. The grand prize is €10,000. On the motivation behind this new award:
Quality journalism is of vital importance to healthy democracies – and cartoonists play a crucial role in this system of checks and balances. Their creations are the hallmark of an open society: often just a single image, they hold up a mirror, make change negotiable and induce public debate.
Yet, more than any other form of journalism, cartoons are feeling the strain of the shrinking space for freedom of expression. Earlier this year the New York Times made the sad decision to stop publishing political cartoons altogether, after a controversial cartoon by the Portuguese cartoonist António Moreira Antunes prompted outrage.
To encourage cartoonists to continue their essential task, we are launching the European Cartoon Award, worth €10,000 for cartoons that analyse and reflect upon current affairs and events in Europe or concerning Europe, and thus inspire public debate.
Cartoons competing for the award should be published between December 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019. The deadline for entering is February 21st. Cartoonsa can be entered online. Proceed to the website and entry form of the European Cartoon Award.