With a total 1781 submissions from 76 countries we think our first international cartoon competition was a huge success! Out of all these submissions we made a shortlist of 200 cartoons; on March 5, this shortlist was presented to a professional jury, tasked with the difficult job to select the cartoons that will be featured in the upcoming exhibition ‘The Art of Resistance’ and to determine the winners.
The jury consisted of Hajo, a well-known Dutch cartoonist, Saskia van Loenen, chairperson of Pers & Prent (a foundation promoting political cartoons and organizer of the yearly Dutch cartoon award Inktspotprijs) and Michiel van Hattem, president of vfonds, a Dutch NGO with a focus on peace.
March, we also launched a competition for high school and college students in Zeeland (a province in the south of the Netherlands), challenging students to create their own cartoons about resistance. CM editor and cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards gave a series of workshops to explain the power of cartoons and show students how to make a good cartoon. We received close to 200 student submissions.
Go to our blog to see the complete selection from both the professional and the student competition.
The winners were announced on May 5 at the Freedom Festival in Flushing, the Netherlands.