European Cartoon Award 2022 is open for entries

European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht announce the opening of the third edition of the European Cartoon Award, on May 9, 2022. 
From May 9 to June 20, 2022, cartoonists can submit their work for the third edition of the European Cartoon Award. Submitted cartoons must have been realized between January 1, 2021, and May 9, 2022, and published with a media outlet from a country within the Council of Europe, Belarus, and Russia. Founded in 2019, by the European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht, the European Cartoon Award has one of the highest monetary prizes for cartoonists, granting its winner a prize of 10,000 euros. 
The cartoons can be submitted at this link: https://europeancartoonaward.com/ 
About the European Cartoon Award 
The European Cartoon Award was founded in 2019 by European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht to encourage cartoonists in their essential work for freedom of expression. 
"Cartoonists are an 'endangered species': they have to deal with increasing resistance, censorship, and even threats and violence. Their space is shrinking, both in available publications and in the themes they can tackle. That is not only happening far away but also right here in Europe,” said the Director of the European Press Prize, Thomas van Neerbos. 
Essential for democracy 
Cartoons are an indispensable part of the public debate. In the universal language of the image, they transcend borders and put their finger on the sore spot. Averse to conventions, challenging, creative, and playful, cartoons are the hallmark of an open European society. 
Gonny Willems, director of Studio Europa Maastricht: “In these unprecedented times of polarization, there is a lack of understanding for the perspective of the other. Cartoons can offer an opening to the truth of the other with irony, humor, and sharpness.” 
Cartoonists can submit their work from May 9, the deadline is June 20, 2022. Submitted cartoons must have been realized between January 1 2021 and May 9 2022 and published in European media, online or offline. The award ceremony for this second edition will take place in September 2022. The cartoons can be submitted at this link: https://europeancartoonaward.com/ .
10-member jury 
The jury for the 2022 edition consists, among others, of the winner of the European Cartoon Award 2021: Tom Janssen. He will work together with British journalist Janet Anderson, American cartoonist Jen Sorensen, Danish cartoonist Niels bo Bojesen and French journalist Catherine André. Five cartoonists - last year's finalists - will be now part of the 2022 preparatory committee. Their names will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 
About the European Press Prize 
The mission of the European Press Prize is to encourage and guarantee quality journalism in Europe, especially in times when quality and freedom of the press are under pressure. The European Press Prize was founded by seven independent European foundations with strong media connections, all of which count excellence and public service as part of their collective challenge. 
About Studio Europa Maastricht 
Studio Europa Maastricht is a center of expertise for Europe-related debate and research founded in 2018 and supported by the partners of the Maastricht, Working on Europe program: Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg, and the City of Maastricht. Together we aim to position Maastricht, the capital of Limburg, as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a center of excellence for research on Europe and European integration. 
For more information about the European Cartoon Award, please contact  emanuele@europeanpressprize.com and press@maastrichteurope.nl 
Emanuele Del Rosso Head of Communications European Press Prize. 

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