26.1.21

World Press Cartoon 2021 | New deadline: February 20

World Press Cartoon 2021 | New deadline: February 20
Attending the postal processing delays caused by the pandemic in many countries, the World Press Cartoon’s organization decided to extend the deadline for the artwork reception until February 20th.

24.1.21

Winners Olense Kartoenale 2020 and the new theme 2021: Visit to the Museum

Olense Kartoenale 2020 received 1.269 entries,
sent by 420 different participants from 62 different countries.
Winners Olense Kartoenale 2020:
Category adult:
First prize: Hamid Soufi (Iran)
Second prize: Armen Hamonangan (Indonesia)
Third prize: Helmut Jacek (Germany)
Fourth prize: Andrei Popov (Russia)
Prize of the city of Bialogard (Polish participants): Pawel Kuczynski (Poland)
Prize Amnesty International: Roberto Castillo Rodriguez (Cuba).
Category youth:
Prize for best international work: Anish Aradhey (USA)
Prize for best Belgian work: Maya Khalil (Belgium).
You can view the winning cartoons here.
Olense Kartoenale 2021
The main theme 2021 is 'Visit to the museum'.
The theme of Amnesty International 2021 is 'Right to a fair trial'.
 You can sign up your participation from 1 July 2021.

22.1.21

International Cartoon Competition & Exhibition on Road Safety 2021, Malaysia

International Cartoon Competition & Exhibition on Road Safety 2021, Malaysia
This event is organised by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) in collaboration with the Balai Kartun Rossem (BKR), Malaysia. 
Eligible participants: aged 18 and above. The competition is opened worldwide. 
Theme: "Towards Safer Roads
Road crashes is one of the leading causes of deaths around the world. Every year, about 1.3 million people are killed while many others are injured or become permanently disabled as a result of road crashes. Road deaths and injuries are considered as one of most pressing public health issues, especially in low and medium income countries. This needs to be addressed through enforcement, engineering (for road infrastructures and vehicles) and education. 
One way to educate the road users is through road safety advocacy with creative and effective use of campaign materials, including cartoons. Generally, among the cause of road crashes are poor road infrastructures (such as mixed traffic, unsafe road design, poorly maintained roads); unsafe vehicles (too old or poorly maintained); and poor behaviour of road users (such as untrained/unlicensed drivers, inattention as a result of using mobile phones or other devices; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, not wearing protective devices such as seatbelts, child seat or helmet). 
To be safe, every road user should always be aware of traffic rules and regulations, keep the vehicles safe through regular maintenance, and consider the safety of every other road users. Road safety is a shared responsibility. 
Technical Criteria: 
· All artworks to be prepared at 300 dpi. 
· Size A3 (297mmx420mm) in JPEG format. 
· Entries: Max. 3 cartoons. 
· Submitted works can be in colour or black and white, in any style or technique. 
· Submitted works must not violate copyright laws. 
· Jury’s decision is final. 
· By virtue of submitting an entry, the participant certifies the work as his own and permits the organizer to have full rights to reproduce all or a part of the entered material free of charge for publications and/or display for exhibitions. 
Submission: Send your cartoons and your CV (Name - Address - Phone number - Email address) via the following e-mail address: rossemcartoon@gmail.com and yusofghani@miros.gov.my 
Deadline: 28 March 2021, Sunday 
Exhibition: All participants whose works will be exhibited will receive a digital catalogue and a digital certificate of participation. 
Prizes:
First Prize....................: RM 1,500 
Second Prize................: RM 1,200 
Third Prize...................: RM 1,000 
3 x Consolation Prizes...: RM 500 
Web: Miros.gov.my 
Source: clickcartoone.

XXII International Biennial of Graphic Humor, Cuba

The Circle of Humorists and Cartoonists of the Union of Journalists of Cuba and the Museum of Humor of San Antonio de los Baños, summon the XXII International Biennial of Graphic Humor, which will be held from April 11 to 14, 2021, with the co-sponsorship of the Provincial Directorate of Culture of Artemisa. 
Cuban humorists and cartoonists inspired by the slogan "Humor brings us closer" invite graphic humorists from around the world to build bridges of solidarity and humanism, in the face of physical distancing and the new socio-economic challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Participation in the meeting is open to all graphic comedians in the world who can compete with a free theme. Original works should preferably be sent in digital format and with the signature and data of the author. They can be done in any technique, delivered in JPG format, with a resolution of 300 dpi and no less than 1500 pixels on the longest side. 
You can compete in: 
General Humor
Political satire 
Humorous cartoon 
Personal caricature 
Humorous photography 
Tomy Prize for political humor, in memory of the beloved cartoonist Tomás Rodríguez Zayas, who would be turning 72 in 2021. The Tomy seeks to reward the best exponents of counter-hegemonic, anti-imperialist and left-wing graphic discourse. This time the theme will be "Sovereignty." 
The authors will be able to compete with a work in each of the categories, plus the Tomy Prize for political humor. They should be sent to the email address: humor@upec.cu and they will be accompanied by the participation form, specifying the following author information: 
Names and surnames (also artistic name) 
Country
Title 
Category 
Private Address 
Email 
Telephone 
The same data must be included in the information of the digital works, title the file with the name of the author and country of origin, in addition to clarifying in the body of the message and in the subject, the category in which it is competing, and if the work It's for the Tomy Prize. 
All proposals will be received from January 18 until March 10, 2021
Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (Upec) 
XXII Bienal Internacional de Humorismo Gráfico 
Calle 23 no. 452, Vedado, Cuba. CP 10 400
Phone: +5378323722 
JURIES 
The admission jury will select the works submitted to the contest that will be exhibited at the XXII International Exhibition of Graphic Humor in San Antonio de los Baños. An international jury made up of prestigious figures linked to graphic humor will award the prizes. The decisions of the jury are final and participation in the contest implies acceptance of all the terms of this call. 
AWARDS 
Eduardo Abela Prize, the highest award of the contest, is given in homage to the outstanding Cuban cartoonist (1889-1965), consisting of an accrediting diploma, trophy and cash. 
Tomy Award consisting of a diploma, a trophy and a reproduction of a work by the author. 
As is tradition, various Cuban cultural and social institutions join the contest and award collateral prizes. 
First, second and third prize in each category and how many mentions the jury considers, consisting of a diploma. 
Source: dedete.
Translation by Google.

15.1.21

5th Beavers Laugh Cartoon Competition, Bobritsa 2021, Ukraine

BEAVERS LAUGH CARTOON COMPETITION 2021
RULES
1 – PARTICIPATION: 1 February to 1 July 2021. 
The 5th "BEAVERS LAUGH" Bobritsa Village Cartoon Competition (the Ukraine) is open to all graphic artists, who can enter works that have not been awarded until the closing date of the entries, in the cartoon, caricature and comics modalities (The comic strip should have only one page). 
The opening of the Exhibition will take place on 11 September 2021, with the official announcement of the winners of the contest. 
Each artist can enroll with the maximum of five (5) UNPUBLISHED works in the preferable format 30x40 cm (А4 minimum) and using any technique. On the back of each drawing, or in registration you must provide the author's full name, address (with ZIP code), email, phone number. 
Additionally, please, provide your ID number, social security number and bank account – IBAN (if applicable), full name of the bank, bank code (BIC / SWIFT), correspondent bank’s name and account (for non-EU banks) (needed in case you will be one of the winners). 
The artists can participate by sending their work: 
(a) by email: beaverslaugh@yahoo.com (with maximum size of 5 megabytes) 
or 
(b) by post or courier mail: 
Bobritsa Cartoon Competition 
27 Naberezhaya Street, Bobritsa, 
Kiev-Sviatoshin District, Kiev Region, 
08142, UKRAINE. 
2 – THEME 
The theme of the 5th Bobritsa Cartoon Competition is SILENCE
Although the name of the contest is BEAVERS LAUGH (in Ukrainian language the name of the village Bobritsa originates from "beaver"), this does NOT mean that your works should be only about beavers. First of all, they should be original, smart and funny, please do not restrict yourself by beavers as heroes! 
But we have our SPECIAL BEAVER AWARD for "beavers’ theme" as well! 
So, if the "heroes" of your artwork are beavers your work shall be considered for BOTH (a) main theme awards and (b) special BEAVER AWARD nominations with a chance to win both of them! 
3 – AWARDS 
First prize: euro 500 (five hundred). 
Second prize: euro 300 (three hundred). 
Third prize: euro 200 (two hundred). 
Appreciation awards (2): euro 100 (one hundred) each. 
Special BEAVER AWARD (for artworks where BEAVERS are the heroes): euro 300 (three hundred). 
4 – OTHER RULES 
Before the official announcement of the winners by the Jury, the organizers reserve the right to publish electronic copies of the selected artworks (from which the Jury will make its final selection) with the purpose to determine with the help of the public if any of submitted artwork repeats or copies previously published cartoons. 
The awarded artworks will be considered acquisitive and will become part the property of the organizers, and all winning artist assign their copyright and property rights worldwide to the organizers from the date when their artworks were submitted. 
The works will not be returned. 
May not participate in this competition officials of Bobritsa village community, their relatives and anyone involved in the organization. 
The award cash amounts are payable only upon the receipt of the original artworks of the winners by the organizers of the Competition to the personal bank accounts of the winners provided in writing (email) with copies of their passports (if required by the bank). 
The organizers have full discretion to decline any submission before the Jury's consideration and to revoke / cancel any prize awarded by the Jury in case of confirmed facts of plagiarism, repetition of the plot etc. 
By sending your artwork to the organizers a participant confirms his/her full agreement to all terms above. 
For any information, please, contact: beaverslaugh@yahoo.com
Source: Beavers Laugh.

14.1.21

53rd World Gallery of Cartoons, Skopje 2021, North Macedonia

53rd WORLD GALLERY of CARTOONS Skopje 2021
• The organizer of the competition is OSTEN Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.
• The SELECTOR assigned by the organizer will select the submitted works, and the INTERNATIONAL JURY will appraise the short-listed works.
• Opening of the exhibition and the official announcement of the awards will take place in September 2021 in Skopje, N. Macedonia.
CRITERIA for PARTICIPATION
• Types of works – cartoons | satirical drawing | comic/strip (one panel of non-linguistic strip).
• Theme | technique | format – by the author's choice.
• Number of works – unlimited.
RULES for PARTICIPATION
• Only ORIGINAL, hand-created works are eligible. If the author works exclusively in digital technique, printed DIGITAL WORKS numbered and signed in pencil on the front will be accepted 
• Only original works from the NEWER PRODUCTION, which have not previously been PUBLISHED or AWARDED, will be considered 
- Works that are deemed by the jury to be identical or closely similar to the known works by another cartoonist will NOT be judged 
- If detected the cartoonist has violated any of the rules for participation after the awarding, the jury has the right to withdraw the award 
- According to the organizer’s directions, the selector and the international jury will pay particular attention to the visual expression of the submitted works 
• REGULAR APPLICANT should: 
- Fill out the APPLICATION FORM (electronically or manually) and send it to the e-mail: cartoons@osten.com.mk along with a photo, short bio and digital images of the submitted works 
- Send the electronically submited works BY POSTAL MAIL along with the printed and signed Application Form 
Note: the name of the author, the title of the work and the technique should be stated on the back of each work 
• By completing the application, the author gives to the organizer a NON-EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to use, exhibit, study and publish his works for the needs of the event. 
DEADLINE
For selection will be considered the works that will arrive up to 30th April 2021 to the address:
OSTEN – WORLD GALLERY OF CARTOONS
8 Udarna Brigada 2, 1000 Skopje, N. Macedonia
IMPORTANT!!!
While sending the works, make sure to write on the package:
NOT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES / FOR EXHIBITION ONLY!!!
PARTICIPATION FEE
You should choose one of the options below:
O To participate WITHOUT A PARTICIPATION FEE (the submitted works remain in the OSTEN Collection)
O To participate WITH A PARTICIPATION FEE of 10 $ (non-selected works to be returned to the author).
PAYMENT INFORMATION
The payment should be done via money transfer to the OSTEN Skopje account:
Beneficiary: OSTEN DOOEL SKOPJE, 8 Udarna Brigada 2, Skopje 1000, N. Macedonia
IBAN: MK07210701000702188 | SWIFT: TUTNMK22
Bank: NLB AD SKOPJE, Majka Tereza 1, Skopje 1000, N. Macedonia
SELECTION AND JURYING
• The SELECTOR decides about the CARTOONISTS who go to the next level of jurying with all
submitted works and makes a short-list of FINALISTS
• The INTERNATIONL JURY reviews the works of the selected cartoonists, chooses the work that will be presented in the catalog and decides on the awards envisaged by the organizer
• The organizer will notify all registered cartoonists about the results of the selection (until the end of
May 2021) and the jury decision (by the end of June 2021) by email and will publish the results on its
website - osten.mk, and other printed, electronic and social media.
PRESENTATION
• The works by the SELECTED CARTOONISTS will be exhibited in the official exhibition
September 2021 / Skopje, N. Macedonia
• The FINALISTS and AWARD-WINNING CARTOONISTS who will be present in Skopje during the opening of the exhibition and presentation awards ceremony, receive print portfolios of their works
produced by OSTEN
• The AWARD-WINNING CARTOONISTS receive appropriate monetary award (where envisaged),
appropriate printed Plaques and printed copy of the catalog via postal mail. Their works remain
in the OSTEN Collection
• The OTHER CARTOONISTS receive appropriate digital Certificate and a catalog in .pdf via e-mail.
The ones, who like to have the Certificate / catalog in hard copy, can order it for a price of 30 $ and
they will be sent to the appointed address by registered postal mail
• The organizer invites ALL PARTICIPATING CARTOONISTS to attend the opening of the exhibition
and presentation awards ceremony in September 2021 in Skopje.
AWARDS
GRAND PRIX for LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT (1500 $ & Sculpture) – decision by the Ambassadors of OSTEN
FIRST AWARD ($1000 & Plaque) – decision by the International Jury
SECOND AWARD ($500 & Plaque) – decision by the International Jury
5 THIRD AWARDS (Plaque) – decision by the International Jury
5 SPECIAL AWARDS (Plaque) – decision by the International Jury
CICO AWARD * for a Macedonian Cartoonist (Plaque) – decision by the OSTEN Board
* In honor of the great Macedonian cartoonist Vasilije Popovic – Cico.

13.1.21

Catalog of The Best Cartoons of Nippon 2020, Japan

Received yesterday
 the color catalog of the International Cartoon Festival in Saitama 2020, Japan. It was the 30th year of the festival in 2020. I participated in the event with two cartoons of mine, one on the theme KAIKAKU which means "innovation" and the second one of FREE THEME. Works on both themes by 43 Japanese and 54 foreign artists are included in the catalog of the exhibition that took place at Plaza North in November 2020. 
Saitama City is the place where Rakuten Kitazawa - the father of modern cartoon in Japan - spent his later years. The Saitama Municipal Cartoon Art Musem in the home to Kitazawa in his later years hold the Saitama-City Rakuten-Kitazawa Manga Awards competition each year. In 2020 they held the 35th edition and the winning cartoons are included in this collection book of "The Best Cartoons of Nippon" which are also displayed on the museum website here.
The standard A4-sized (21x29.7 cm) catalog of "The Best Cartoons of Nippon 2020" has 108 pages, about 70 of them covering the color and the black&white cartoons participated in the festival and selected for the catalog. The remaining pages are the lists of the Japanese and the Foreign artists with their personal histories in both English and Japanese. With the help of this perfectly designed book of art, it is possible to compare the style and wit of the native and overseas manga/cartoon artists and enjoy the great humour in their works.
From Turkey are nine cartoonists whose cartoons published in the catalog; namely, Aşkın Ayrancıoğlu, Behiç Yalçın Ayrancıoğlu, Erdoğan Başol, Hüsnü Berkalp Üstün, Kaan Saatçi, Kamil Yavuz, Kemal Özyurt, Muammer Kotbaş, and Musa Gümüş.
Thank you to the festival organizers and the staff of Plaza North who sent me this great collection of manga/cartoon art.

3.1.21

3rd International Rhubarb Cartoons Contest 2021 - Transilvania, Romania

RHUBARB CARTOONS CONTEST 2021 – TRANSILVANIA
3rd Edition
RULES OF THE CONTEST
The contest is open to all cartoonists. 
Cartoons theme: RHUBARB – A means of recovering our health, society and economy. 
Deadline: 15th April 2021 
Entries: max 5 
The cartoons will be uploaded (in electronic format), after creating an account with a username and password to: https://cartoons.rabarbura.ro 
 Will be accepted only original works (created for this contest). 
The techniques used while making the cartoons are up participants. 
First prize - 500 EUR 
Second prize - 300 EUR 
Third prize - 200 EUR 
Other Special Prizes offered by the sponsors may be awarded. 
The jury’s decisions are final. 
The cartoon’s author consents that the cartoon or cartoons sent will become the property of the Organizer. The Organizer is entitled for all reproduction right for any cartoon registered in competition. 
The Organizer does not assume any responsibility for any breaches of copyright, exclusive responsibility for copyright lies with the one who sent the cartoon. 
The cartoons that will win the first, second and third prize will be sent mandatorily in original version to the Organizer. 
In the absence of interbank relations between Romania and the country of origin of the winner, the Organizer is relieved of any liability. 
By submitting the works to International Rhubarb Cartoons Contest 2021, the artist accepts the decisions of the jury and the rules printed above. 
Calendar of the Contest: 
Deadline to submit the cartoons: 15th April 2021
Preselection: Phase one: vote of the jury 20th -25th April 2021 (based on this vote, will be preselected 50 cartoons for the final vote of the Jury) 
FINALVOTE: 27th April 16 GMT, online streaming on https://www.facebook.com/rabarbura/ and https://www.facebook.com/rabarburaERP/ 
The description of the RHUBARB can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
 Organizer 
Transilvania CLOUD 
Munteanu Mircea 
President