Theme in Olense Kartoenale 2022, Belgium: The Afterlife

Annual Cartoon Contest – Rules and regulation 2022
1. Participation 
All contestants will be admitted with no distinction made regarding nationality or age. There are two categories: 
• Youth category up to 15 years inclusive; 
• Adult category: 16 years and older. 
Both professional and non-professional cartoonists are allowed to participate in this contest. 
2. Theme 
The main theme is ‘The afterlife’. This year Amnesty International offers the best cartoon with the theme ‘Right to free speech‘. 
3. Entries 
• Contributions have to be digital works. They shouldn’t contain an explanation of the drawing. 
• The digital works have to be sent in JPEG format with a minimum of resolution of 300 dpi (2480 x 3543 pixels). 
• Dimensions including any passe-partout 21 x 30 cm (A4). 
• Number of entries per contestant: maximum five for each theme. 
• You have to record your contact details through www.olensekartoenale.be
• You can sign up your participation from 1 July 2022. 
• The originals of the rewarded cartoons, your curriculum vitae and a photograph will be asked and must be sent to Community Olen, Dorp 1, 2250 Olen, Belgium within 2 days after the request of the organization. 
4. Property rights 
Prize-winning works will become the property of the organizer or theme sponsor. All works selected may be used by the organizers to promote the contest and the village of Olen. 
5. Evaluation 
The jury consists of artists, cartoonists and laymen. Decisions made by the jury cannot be challenged. 
6. Catalogue/Cartoon book 
Selected works will be considered for inclusion in a catalogue. The authors of these works will receive a free copy of the catalogue during the prize ceremony or it will be send afterwards by mail. 
7. Deadline: 12 September 2022 
The deadline is 12 september 2022 at 12.00 AM midnight. The entry form you can find on www.olensekartoenale.be where you also can upload your works. Do not sent your works to kartoenale@olen.be. 
8. Prizes 
For the adult category: 
1st prize: 1500 euro 
2nd prize: 700 euro 
3rd prize: 400 euro 
4th prize: 300 euro 
Prize of the city of Bialogard (only for Polish participants): 200 euro 
Special prize Amnesty International: 350 euro 
For the youth category: 
Prize for best international work: 250 euro 
Prize for best Belgian work: 250 euro 
9. Prize Ceremony and Exhibition 
The prize ceremony will take place at Friday 11 November 2022 at approximately 20.00 h in the council room of the town hall of Olen, Dorp 1, 2250 Olen. Every participating artist will be welcome on that occasion. Only the winners are personally invited. 
A selection of the cartoons will also be exhibited at the same address and can be visited: 
• All working days from Monday 14 November 2022 till the end of December 2022 during the opening hours of the town hall: 
o Monday 09.00 u – 12.00 u13.00 u – 16.00 u17.30 u – 20.00 u 
o Tuesday 09.00 u – 12.00 u 
o Wednesday 09.00 u – 12.00 u13.00 u – 16.00 u 
o Thursday 09.00 u – 12.00 u 
o Friday 09.00 u – 12.00 u. 
Maintheme 2022 : The afterlife
These last years in which a corona virus and a new war sows death and destruction, it may be appropriate to pause for a moment and consider the belief or disbelief in an afterlife. 
Archaeologists were able to show that Neanderthals before us already harboured the idea of an afterlife and they ritually prepared their dead for the journey. 
The ancient Egyptians made every effort during their lifetime to achieve eternal bliss in Amenti and developed mummification and at least seven concepts of spiritual qualities associated with being human. 
During the Middle Ages death was common due to plagues and wars. Indulgences, pilgrimages and much praying could help increase your chances, possibly after simmering for a while in purgatory, to feast on rice pudding with golden spoons between angels and saints... 
In Hellas, the gods resembled muscular brats, quickly displeased supermen and super women. All of it the opposite of what the Asian Buddha promoted as the path to detachment , reincarnation and Nirvana. 
Heaven, Paradise, Nirvana, Eternal Hunting Grounds, Amenti, Valhalla are all man-made places for the mystery that awaits us and gives hope to the faithful. At best, that belief is a reason to comply ethical rules that enable us to live together without major calamities. This is more than necessary, by the way, given the overpopulation and the shrinking carrying capacity of our beautiful planet. 
Source in languages: olense-kartoenale.

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