The cartoon «Immigrants», by Iranian author Alireza Pakdel, was honoured with the Grand Prix of the 12th edition of WORLD PRESS CARTOON, the great annual event of humour drawing in the international press. First prize in the Cartoon Editorial category, the cartoon was published in the Iranian newspaper «Etemad» in August 2016. Among the nine winners of this edition, the author raised the highest monetary prize in the amount of 10,000 euros. Still in this category, the jury awarded the 2nd prize to «Nice Attack», from the Greek Michael Kountouris (published in the newspaper Efimerida Ton Syntakton), and the 3rd prize for the «Welcome» by the French cartoonist Sunnerberg Constantin (published by Courrier International).
The awards ceremony took place in a show where humour reigned, with the presence of important personalities from international cartooning and the cultural landscape of Caldas da Rainha, the city hosting the 2017 event. The salon director, the Portuguese cartoonist António Antunes, highlighted the important role that humour has for the vitality of the press: «Cartoons are a critical segment and an exercise of freedom, without which newspapers can not survive and fulfil their social and civic goals.» The mayor of Caldas da Rainha, Fernando Tinta Ferreira, highlighted the international projection that World Press Cartoon brings to the city: «This is an event that brings to Caldas da Rainha great artists from all over the world who find, as is our tradition, an environment conducive to creation in freedom. In a city marked by the work of the great caricaturist tradition of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro it is natural and logical this connection to a contest that celebrates what is best done in the world in this art.»
The World Press Cartoon also distinguishes works in two other categories. In Caricatura, two winning pieces came from Brazil: a Fidel Castro by Luiz Carlos Fernandes, published in the magazine Veja, and a Bob Dylan by Eduardo Baptistão, published in the Diário do Grande ABC, first and second prizes respectively. The 3rd prize, for a «Trump Punk» from the pages of the newspaper Unità, was awarded to the Italian artist Mariagrazia Quaranta. In the category of Gag Cartoon, the first prize was awarded to the Serbian Toshow Borkovic, for the work «The Speaker», the 2nd prize went to «Rio», from the Swiss Silvan Wegmann, and the 3rd prize distinguished «Ludopatia», from the Ecuadorian author Xavier Bonilla. Works carried out for the publications Ilustrovarna Politika, Schweiz am Sonntag and Our World, respectively.
All these cartoons are part of the selection made by an international jury among the hundreds of works presented to the contest and coming from all continents. This selection of the 267 best competing works forms the exhibition that will be open to the public at the Cultural and Congress Center of Caldas da Rainha, with free admission, starting today and until August 10. Cartoons that shape a fun portrait of the world, published in 168 newspapers and magazines in 51 countries. The visitor can take all these drawings home: to do so, just buy the beautiful catalogue, for sale at the exhibition site.