The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom 10th International Editorial Cartoon Competition
1. The theme for the 10th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:
The « right » not to be offended is not a right.
In Canada, Mark Steyn is brought before three different Human Rights Tribunals for allegedly “insulting Islam”.
Meanwhile at the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission, Arab states have for years attempted to make that a crime.
What started out with a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for insulting Mohamed and was dismissed by many as an isolated incident, culminated years later with the assassination of Theo Van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam for the same offense.
In Denmark, cartoonists still fear for their life for having drawn Mohamed in newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Meanwhile in Ireland, blasphemy is now a criminal offence.
How can we encourage vigorous debate while being respectful of religious sensibilities?
2. Prizes: three prizes will be given: a first prize of $1500, a crystal trophy, plus a Certificate from Canadian UNESCO, a second prize of $750 plus a certificate, and a third of $500 and certificate. All sums are in Canadian dollars. Ten additional cartoons will receive an ‘Award of Excellence.’ Regrettably no financial remuneration accompanies the Awards of Excellence.
3. Only one cartoon will be accepted from each cartoonist. It may be either in colour or black & white and must not have previously won an award.
4. The size of the cartoon should not exceed A4; 21 by 29.2 cm; or 8.50 by 11 inches.
5. The cartoonist’s name, address and telephone number must be included in the e-mail to which the cartoon is attached. A short biography of the Cartoonist should also be provided.
6. The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom shall have the rights to use any of the cartoons entered in the Competition for promotion of our World Press Freedom Day Luncheon on May 3. Entrance by the cartoonist in this Cartoon competition is deemed acceptance of this condition.
7. The winners of the Cartoon Competition will be announced at the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2010 and will be advised by e-mail.
The winning names and their cartoons will be posted on the CCWFP web site: http://www.ccwpf-cclpm.ca/
8. The best 30 cartoons will be exhibited at the Luncheon.
The deadline for reception of cartoon is 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20th, 2010.
Send submission by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cartoon should be in jpg format at 300 dpi.