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.
Born in Yugoslavia (Serbia), 40 years ago, on the way to New York made a stop in Germany - a pause that lasts until now. Zoran works in Germany and throughout Europe as a freelance artist and cartoonist. Creates sculptures in wood with a chainsaw and paints on wood and canvas - flowers, situations and everything that can bring smiles to people´s faces. Loves good wine and travels abroad a lot due to work taking inspiration for tomorrow. Author of more than 20 cartoon books, Zoran has held exhibitions in France, Denmark, Germany and Croatia.
It is an exceptional honour to be a member of the jury at one of the world’s greatest cartoon contests - an outstanding organization in one amazing country, reflecting its rich tradition and culture. The right place for a global event in the field of cartoon. It was a pleasure to cooperate with great names from the cartoon’s world, from different areas of the world, in the jury and organization itself. And particularly pleasurable has been the joint evaluation of cartoons and satirical art made by our colleagues. An unforgettable event. I will gladly come back again.
Ross Thomson was born in Hawick (Scotland), attended Edinburgh College
of Art after which worked as an art director in various London advertising
agencies, during which time had his first «Punch» cover. Then, he went
freelance and amongst the work was advertising campaigns, children’s
books, animated commercials, etc. In recent years, has entered the world of
cartoon contests and has won over 100 prizes and awards.
Again, the terrible events of our world were featured by our
editorial cartoonists with humour and thought provoking cartoons.
Consequently, it gave us jury members a hard task to choose
from their deliberations, but as always quality shone through and
long may the work of the cartoonist rise above our troubled world
of despots and wars
Angel Boligán was born in 1965 in San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba. He
graduated as a professor of Fine Arts in Havana in 1987 and has lived in Mexico
since 1992. He publishes his drawings in «El Universal», «El Chamuco»
and «Foreing Affairs Latinoamérica» among other publications. He founded the
agency CartónClub (Latin cartoons club).
Among the many prizes won were the 1st Prize of the Il Portocartoon World
Festival in 2000; the 2006 World Press Cartoon Grand Prix, the Grand Prix 36th
International Nasreddin Hoja Cartoon Contest in 2006 and was the winner of the
La Catrina Prize, awarded by the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
Joining the World Press Cartoon jury has been a wholesome experience and a
very professional commitment. In the last 12 years, the Caricature world has
counted on this event which dignifies and awards the best of caricature in the
world press. As authors, we quickly accept the challenge of participating with
the hopes of seeing our drawings rated among the best. Trying to receive a
prize is a stimulus that challenges us to maintain the highest standards in our
In these prize selection days, the eyes and hopes of the participants move
towards Portugal looking out for clues about this year winners and, of course,
the level of the selecting jury. It was an honour to join a jury with such
prestigious artists. For two days and several hours of work, we have filtered
and selected the finalists until we reached the final prizes in a professional and
democratic way. I thank my fellow jurors for their professionalism and integrity,
and I congratulate all the authors who were awarded in this WPC 2017.
Hermenegildo Sábat was born in 1933 in Montevideo (Uruguay) and has
collaborated with newspapers and magazines since 1949. His works have been
published in almost all American countries. He has published more than 20
books and received several awards from Columbia University (New York), Gabriel
Garcia Marquez Foundation (Mexico) and Pedro Figari Award for his pictorial
career in Uruguay.
Being a graphic humour jury member holds a far greater responsibility
than words assume. In our case, we were lucky to be accompanied by
solidly cultured professionals, able to discriminate with certainty and
precision each and every one of the works presented. Results were
analyzed without any pressures and we reached consensus with no
difficulties. Partaking in decision making was a privilege
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.
The World Press Cartoon jury meeting for this edition has brought me
emotionally rich moments: the pleasure of meeting with four friends and
great masters of Graphic Humor - Sábat, Ross, Boligán and Zoran, all of
them owners of excellent careers, recognized and awarded roughly all
over the world; the joy of witnessing the rebirth of World Press Cartoon
in its new home - Caldas da Rainha, after a year of interruption; the
satisfaction of fulfilled duty following the Jury selection and awarding
work. It has been serious and competent work, but also lively and fun as
typical of friends meetings.
Influenced by this great environment, my conviction is firmly
strengthened that we are before the resurgence of an increasingly
strong World Press Cartoon. So be it.