Today received from Cyprus the colossal catalog of the 1st International Olive Cartoon Contest organised in Kyrenia in 2008: 20x21.5x2 cm in dimensions and 208 pages fully in color.
As Sümer Aygın, the Mayor of Kyrenia Municipality, points out in his introductory words, the cartoon competition is part of the Olive Fest organised annually since 2002 involving musical and theatrical performances, folk dancing, art/sculpture exhibitions as well. 204 artists from 42 countries sent in 372 cartoons to compete in the first international contest in 2008. The olive-themed international cartoon competition organized jointly with the Cyprus Turkish Cartoon Association is now transformed into a traditional event and is very well recorded in this catalog with the short bios and declarations of the jury members and prize-winners in both Turkish and English languages, snapshots of the jury meeting and some touristic scenes from the historical town along with the winning and the many selected cartoons.
Read the jury report and see prize-winning cartoons in 2008 at http://caricaturque.blogspot.com/2008/10/final-and-definite-result-of-1st.html and in 2009 at http://caricaturque.blogspot.com/2009/07/winners-in-2nd-international-olive.html .