The cartoon «Freedom of Expression» by Italian author Marilena Nardi was honoured with the Grand Prix of the 13th edition of WORLD PRESS CARTOON, the great annual event of humour art in the international press, which opened its doors at Conference and Cultural Center of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. First prize in the Cartoon Editorial category, the drawing was published in the Barcelona newspaper «Illegal Times» in December 2017.
Nardi is the first woman to receive a World Press Cartoon Grand Prix. Among the nine winners of this edition, the Italian cartoonist raised the highest monetary prize, worth 10 thousand euros. Still in this category, the jury awarded the 2nd prize to the work «Utopia», by the Brazilian Cau Gomez, published in the Brazilian magazine «Continente», and the 3rd prize to an untitled drawing by the Turkish author Hicabi Demirci, published by the newspaper «Pazar». The World Press Cartoon also distinguishes works in two other categories. In Caricature, two winning pieces portrayed the US president: a «Donald Trump» from Belgian O-Seoker, published on the «Jyllands-Posten» website, and another from the Dutch Endyck, published on the «Fenamizah» website, first and second respectively. The third prize for a «Robert Mugabe» from the pages of the Indian newspaper Metro Vartha was given to Indian artist Thomas Antony. In the category of Gag Cartoon, the 1st Prize was awarded to the Serbian Nedeljko Ubovic, for an untitled work, the 2nd Prize was for «Cemitério Paraíso», by the Brazilian Silvano Mello, and the 3rd prize distinguished «Zebra … Leaving our mark on nature», by the Norwegian author Fadi Abou Hassan. These works were published by the «Vecernje Novosti», «Super Notícia» and «Cartoon Movement», respectively.