Robert Rousso was born in Sète, France, in 1937. He graduated at
the Fine Arts School and at the Faculty of Arts of Montpellier. He began his career teaching fine arts and working as a freelance artist, namely creating animated strips for the French public broadcasting television, ORTF. In 1968, he started a new job as illustrator for the Agronomical Research Institute, in charge of illustrating the Courrier de l’Environnement, where his cartoons were meant to balance the reading of somewhat stodgy scientific papers. From 1969, Robert Rousso’works appeared in several newspapers and magazines, addressing scientific topics (nature, environment, medicine), but also politics. Along his career, Robert Rousso collaborated with Charlie Hebdo, Siné Hebdo, La Mèche, Kamikaze, Barricade, Espoir, Zélium, Siné Mensuel, in France, Cagle Cartoons, in the USA and Buduàr, in Italy. In 2002, he created the French branch of FECO, Federation of Cartoonists Organisations, which became in 2017 a new association: France-Cartoons. Since 2011 a member of Cartooning for Peace, Robert Rousso was distinguished with the following awards: Lussac, France, 1992, 1st Prize; St. Hubert, Belgique, 1998, Press Prize; St. Just-le-Martel, France, 2000, 1st Anti-Junk-Food Prize; E-expo, Paris, 2006, 1st Prize; Fossano, Italy, 2008, Trofeo Beppe Maiolino; Tourcoing, France, 2011, 1st Prize; Greekartoon, Athens, 2006, 3rd Prize; Eurohumor Cuneo, Italy 2006, 2nd Prize; Vianden, Luxembourg, 2013, 1st Prize; World Press Cartoon, Sintra, 2013, 2nd Prize Gag Cartoon.
Next time I use it, my biographical notes will be enriched by an additional subject of self-pride, maybe the most appreciated one: to participate as a jury member in World Press Cartoon 2018. The World Press Cartoon made me up with Press cartoons. At last, a majority of attractive and good drawings gathered altogether in the same place. It was also a great pleasure to meet again Rayma, Michael, Saad
and Antonio, who allowed for this high quality professional exchange of views. Thanks to all of them. The nearly 600 drawings on display mirrored the past year: an ever-present Donald Trump, with Kim Jong-un as a key holder. If they may provoke a somewhat reckless laughter, they nevertheless did not hide the drama of refugees, a concern
for many authors. The choice, based upon a progressive elimination process after everybody conferred, allowed for excellence to emerge in a consensual climate. This proved to be a very professional approach. I would express one regret only: that Daumier’s homeland numbered so few participants to such a meeting. And what to say about such a cheerful welcome, full of thoughtful attentions, wines and «bacalhau» included, with humour as a relish? So many privileged moments to fill up the valued memories trunk…
Saad Hajo is a Swedish and Syrian born cartoonist, born in 1968 in Damascus. He gained a BA degree at the Art University in 1989. He publishes a daily animated political cartoon on Syria TV. He publishes in the Folkbladet newspaper in Sweden and in the newspaper Courrier International Paris. For 20 years, he worked daily at the newspaper As-Safir in Beirut. He has also worked for the newspaper An-Nahar in Beirut, the weekly newspaper Al-Ahram Alarabi in Cairo and Al Quds Al- Arabi in London. He has worked as the head of the cartoons department at the online newspaper 24.ae in the United Arab Emirates for five years. In 2004, he was a jury member for Aydin Dogan International Caricature Competition, Istanbul. In 2015, Saad Hajo was the EWK prize winner, Sweden.
I got the chance to meet up with my fellow cartoonist judges during my time in jury work. We were from Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and although I speak Arabic, Swedish, Kurdish, French and English, the most beautiful language we used was the language of cartoons. Although politicians use political and economic powers to control the world, the cartoonists use politicians and turn them into objects of ridicule, laughter and criticism. The authority of criticism and ridicule remains one of the strongest authorities. I have practiced professionalism in this arbitration mechanism, where we were able to debate, have a dialogue and also disagree. The awards went to the ideas of the highest quality in technical and novelty/uniqueness terms. This year, the participation of the online newspapers drawings were accepted. It is a good match for developments in contemporary journalism. Generally the drawings and ideas were very good, but implementing excellent ideas in a way of inferior quality has unfortunately weakened chances of winning in some cases.
The setting for the jury at Caldas da Rainha, known for its tradition of satirical sculptures and figures, provided an extra element of comfort and ambience.
António Antunes published his first cartoons in the Lisbon daiy newspaper «República» in March 1974. Late that year he joined the weekly «Expresso» where he continues to publish his works.
Among the prizes won are: Grand Prix of the XX International Salon of Cartoons (Montreal, Canada, 1983), 1st Prize for Editorial Cartoon of XXIII International Salon of Cartoons
(Montreal, Canada, 1986). Grand Prix of Honour of the XV Festival du Dessin Humoristique (Anglet, France, 1993), Award of Excellence - Best Newspaper Design, SND (Stockholm, Sweden, 1995), Premio Internazionale Satira Politica, ex-aequo (Forte dei Marmi, Italy), 2002), Grande Prémio Stuart Carvalhais (Lisbon, Portugal, 2005), Prix Presse Internationale (St.Just-le-Martel,France, 2010). He chairs the jury of
the World Press Cartoon, of which he is director since its foundation in 2005.
We have arrived at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon at a time featuring huge social tensions; wars that move over from previous years, with the continuing drama of refugees; wars that seem being drawn up on the more or less nearby horizon; natural and less natural catastrophes. But it all fell short of the prominence of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in this showcase of world press drawings.
This edition is also marked by the opening up of the World Press Cartoon to the online published cartoons, thus reflecting the increasingly important role the internet has been playing in current journalism.
With Rayma, Rousso, Saad and Kountouris, the jury meetings were serious when seriousness and professionalism were required, and funny when humour dictated its rules too. What else could we ask for?
Born in 1960, in Rhodes, Greece. Since 1985, he has been working as an editorial cartoonist in Greek newspapers and magazines. Currently he works at the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper. He also cooperates with Courrier International and Caglecartoons. He participated in many solo or group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He received the Grand Prix at the World Press Cartoon (2013) and has been awarded in various cartoon contests in the United Nations, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Iran, Greece, etc. He illustrates children’s books and has been awarded with the Illustration Prize of IBBY Greece 2002, and with the First Prize on Design and Illustration 2005. He is a member of the Athens Journalists Union, founding member of the Greek Cartoonists Association and member of the International Association “Cartooning for Peace”. Since 2011, he has been working on innovative projects on the use of cartoons in Education.
This year I´ve had the privilege, the responsibility and the honour to be a member of the jury team of WPC 2018. I had the privilege to watch closely the commitment and the professionalism of the WPC staff and to enjoy a high-standard organisation and warm hospitality offered by the city that hosts the competition, Caldas da Rainha. I felt the responsibility to judge wisely and to evaluate hundreds of remarkable works by brilliant colleagues from all over the world. Last but not least, I had the honour to be member of an excellent jury, which, for the first time in the history of the World Press Cartoon, has bestowed the Grand Prix to a woman cartoonist.
Rayma Suprani is a Venezuelan press cartoonist with a BA degree in Mass Communication at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Since 1989, she has developed her career by working in several newspapers such as El Diario de Caracas, Economía Hoy and El Universal.
In September 2014, she was fired from El Universal after publishing a cartoon that portrayed a Hugo Chávez’s signature in a way that criticized the health care system in Venezuela. This event triggered a series of controversies in her art work, including threats against her while depicting Venezuelan news. Rayma is an award winner of Interamerican Society Press Prize (2005) and Pedro León Zapata Awards (2000, 2009). She has also participated in the film Caricaturists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy (2014), directed by Stéphanie Valloatto. This documentary premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival was nominated as Best Documentary Film for the 40th César Awards.
Rayma has delivered several conferences on defence of human rights for organizations such as Freedom House, New York, and Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway. She belongs to the “Cartooning for Peace” association.
I want to thank the entire WPC team for having invited me
to partake in this experience as a jury member of this 2018 prestigious competition of cartoons held in Portugal. The whole organization, camaraderie and professionalism have left me very happy, as well as the high-level outlook of the participating works together with the excellent selection of award-winning works. I want to thank for the creative vision of Antonio Antunes to make caricature a tool of denunciation, laughter and international reflection in this contest, where it becomes possible to encourage many professionals from all over the world to be part of this project that addresses very important issues of the contemporary world. I want to thank my fellow jury cartoonists who accompanied me in such difficult decisions. I have returned home happy with the results, with a feeling of professional growth and fed back on the drawings. Thank you all very much.
Agim Sulaj was born in Tirana, the capital of Albania, in 1960, but spent his
childhood and adolescence in the coastal city of Vlora. From a very young age,
Agim experiences his passion and love for paintings and art in general, and the
talent is evident since very early on. He completes his studies at the Academy
of Arts in Tirana and starts collaborating with «Hosteni», a political and satirical
magazine. This exposes the young artist to the world of humour and satire, an
important element for the shaping of his own artistic work. Simultaneously, he
develops a hyper-realistic style that becomes more dominant in his later works.
In his cartoons he focuses on the major social and political problems of the 21st
century, such as world poverty, environment pollution, the life of an immigrant
and other social topics. For the first time, in 1993, Agim presented works he
carried out during the communist period, in a personal exhibition «Rally di
Rimini» in Italy where his portfolio was warmly welcomed. Since that time, he
has settled in the city of Rimini. Agim Sulaj is the winner of many international
prizes and he has exhibited in famous galleries in Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey,
and recently also in Paris, Oxford, London and Kruishoutem, Belgium. His work
has been called «a fine, surreal satirical illustration, metaphor for the state of
the environment and the failure to protect it».
A wonderful experience
Dear great friend António and dear friends of World Press Cartoon: this year
I have had the good fortune to participate in your jury. I have seen closely
the quality and the magic of your work. It was a wonderful experience to
collaborate with you and select the best works for World Press Cartoon 2015.
Thank you all, thanks Portugal!
Xaquín Marín Formoso, artistic name X. Marín, was born in 1943 at the Galician
town of Ferrol, Spain. Marín daily contributes to the newspaper «La Voice of
Galicia» of La Coruña and collaborates with many monthly publications. Some of
his works were published in «La Codorniz», «Hermano Lobo», «La Golondriz»,
among many other publications. In 1984, he founded the Museum of Humour of
Fene (La Coruña) and acted as its director until 2008. Xaquin Marín is the author
of 31 books and has been distinguished with several awards. He presented a
great number of papers on humour in international conventions and seminars.
Xaquín Marín Formoso is a member of the Academy of Humour of Pozuelo
(Madrid) and honoris causa professor at the University of Alcalá.
The world of the cartoon in our hands
With all the hard responsibility of choosing with justice, while judging
between hundreds of works creted with great expertise by fellow
cartoonists – and even further knowing as I do, the hard work, ingenuity,
suffering and even risk engaged in the exercise that we share – one gets a
lot of joy from this commission. Because you have the unique opportunity
to see some of the best works published by the best cartoonists
throughout the year, you can imagine their intentions and wonder what
may suggest the messages they convey; you can observe their technical
capabilities and admire their innovations... Even more: the job is done at
the delightful and beautiful village of Cascais, with the kindness of the
people from the municipality, with the affection, professionalism and
friendship of the organizers and other members of the jury, both known
and unknown, yet already friends for ever. Thus, in this environment,
in addition to the difficulty of having to choose the best work in each
category, vote after vote leaving aside fine works (and even others not
so fine, but carrying the ambition and the best skills of each artist), this
commission has resulted easy and simple for this proud and grateful
member of the jury.
António Antunes published his first cartoons in the Lisbon daily
“República”in March 1974. Later that year, he joined the weekly paper
“Expresso” where he continues to publish his works. His received
awards include: Grand Prix of 20th International Salon of Cartoons
(Montreal, Canada, 1983), 1st Prize for Cartoon Editorial of the 23rd
International Salon of Cartoons (Montreal, Canada, 1986), Grand Prix
of Honor 15th Festival du Dessin Humoristique (Anglet, France, 1993),
Award of Excellence - Best Newspaper Design, SND - Stockholm,
Sweden (1995) Premio Internazionale Satira Politica (ex-aequo, Forte
dei Marmi, Italy, 2002), Grand Prix Stuart Carvalhais (Lisbon, Portugal,
2005) and the Prix Internationale Presse (Saint-Just-le-Martel, France,
2010). He has held solo artist exhibitions in Portugal, France, Spain,
Brazil, Germany and Luxembourg. He has been jury member at Cartoons
Salons in Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Turkey. António is also
dedicated to graphic design, sculpture, medals and he is the author
of the artistic animation of Lisbon Airport Metro station, opened in
2012, featuring caricatures of leading personalities in the city, made
of embodied stone. He is the chairman of the jury of the World Press
Cartoon, the Salon of which he is the director since its founding in 2005.
With some excitement...
It was with some excitement that I entered the Auditorium of Cascais
Cultural Centre to join the meetings of the World Press Cartoon 2015
jury, after one year of problems and uncertainties. The meetings were
lively and full of fun, but strict and professional whenever necessary.
For me, it was also a reunion of good friends: Augusto Cid, fellow
companion for my entire professional life; Xaquín Marín, Firoozeh
Mozaffari and Agim Sulaj, more recent friends. Finally, it is also with
some emotion that, once completed the jury´s work, I walk out of the
amphitheatre. I leave with the belief that we have given a new life to our
World Press Cartoon. Long live the World Press Cartoon!
Augusto José Sobral Cid was born in 1941 at Horta, Faial Island, Azores. After
attending secondary schools in Portugal and the United States of America,
he followed Sculpture studies at the Fine Arts School of Lisbon. Augusto Cid
has published many books and has collaborated with several newspapers
and magazines, including «A Parada da Paródia», «A Mosca», «Diário de
Lisboa», «Lorentis», «Observador», «O Século», «Vida Mundial», «O Jornal
Novo», «A Tarde», «O Dia», «O Diabo», «Semanário», «O Independente»,
«Focus» and «Grande Reportagem». He has participated in numerous
individual and group exhibitions and has been distinguished with many
awards throughout his career.
An excellent team
My dear friends: it was a great honour and my greatest pleasure to add
a contribution to the excellent team that met in Cascais to assess the
works presented to the World Press Cartoon 2015 competition. I thank
you for trusting my judgments, and I wish you the greatest success in
the next events. You can count on me for any assistance you may need.
To all of you, my best regards!
Firoozeh Mozaffari was born in 1970 and is an Iranian artist. She studied
graphic design in Tehran and currently contributes to several newspapers
such as «Shargh», «Etemad», «Farhikhtegan», and the news website
«Khabar-Online». She has acted as a jury member in many international
cartoon competitions in Iran and also in the 29th Aydin Dogan cartoon
competition in Turkey and Olive contest in Cyprus in 2014. Firoozeh Mozaffari
has received several awards for her works during festivals in Iran and was one
of the four Iranian cartoonists who were distinguished with the Freedom of
Speech Award by the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Anan.
more and more every year
In this year’s World Press Cartoon contest, despite the delay in the
callout for the competition and subsequently a more limited time
for gathering the works, a huge number of Cartoons and Caricatures
were delivered to the jury. 2014 has had three major subjects in the
editorial cartoon category. The football World Cup in Brazil, ISIS in
the Middle East and Ebola in Africa were the most prominent subjects
among the works presented this year and this has made it extremely
difficult to choose the most outstanding works. Eventually, a cartoon
about the human tragedy associated with the Ebola virus and about
discrimination in the treatment provided to the patients was awarded
the Grand Prix. This cartoon caught my attention from the very first
moment and produced a deep effect on me. My special thanks to
the World Press Cartoon team and the rest of the jury. I hope this
international award will continue in all its brilliance, shinning more
and more in every edition.