Cultural Digital Printing by Italian Gio wins the 16th edition of the World Press Cartoon.
A digital print made from newspapers, by the Italian author Gio, artistic name of Mariagrazia Quaranta, was distinguished with the Grand Prix of the 16th edition of WORLD PRESS CARTOON, the great annual event of humor drawing in the international press, which opened yesterday doors at the Cultural and Congress Center of Caldas da Rainha. First prize in its category, the design was published by the Spanish online newspaper Mundiario, in November 2020.
Among the nine winners of this edition, Gio won the highest monetary prize, in the amount of 10,000 euros. Also in this same category of HUMOR DRAWING, the jury awarded the second prize to the work 2020 Year of the Pandemic, by the Albanian Agim Sulaj, published by the newspaper Corriere Romagna, from Rimini, on 23 November 2020.
The 3rd prize went to The Breakfast, by the Serbian Goran Divac, published in the newspaper Vecernje Novosti, from Belgrade, on December 13, 2020.
The ceremony for the awarding of the trophies took place in a show in which humor prevailed, with outstanding personalities from the international cartoon and from the cultural life of Caldas da Rainha passing on the stage. The director of the salon, the Portuguese cartoonist António, pointed out that «since 2005, throughout 16 almost seamless editions, the World Press Cartoon has been a meeting place for talent and an incentive to create quality in this field. He also stressed that he hopes that «the World Press Cartoon will contribute to give some encouragement to the authors in the harsh context of the serious crisis that the international press is going through.
This event provides, with each passing year, new arguments for editors so that this important content is not wiped from the pages of their newspapers.
» The Mayor of Caldas da Rainha, Fernando Tinta Ferreira, spoke in turn of the added value that the World Press Cartoon brings to the city: «The 2021 edition confirms Caldas da Rainha as the municipality of humor and caricature in Portugal. Bearing in mind previous editions, we are certain that the 2021 exhibition will be a national and international success».
The World Press Cartoon also distinguishes works in two other categories. In CARICATURA, the 1st prize was awarded to the Mexican Dario Castillejos, with the work Greta Thunberg; the second prize went to Juan Carlos II, by the Portuguese André Carrilho, and the third prize was awarded to the caricature Rainha Sofia de Espanha, by the Spaniard Ivan Mata Tamayo. Work carried out for the publications, El Imparcial, Diário de Notícias and El Diario Vasco, respectively.
In the CARTOON EDITORIAL category, the 1st prize went to the Ukrainian Konstantin Kazanchev, for an untitled cartoon, published on the Dutch cartoon platform Cartoon Movement, and the 2nd prize went to Trump Riot, by the Australian David Rowe, published in the Australian Financial Review newspaper. The 3rd prize was awarded to Argentine artist Alejandro Becares, by David and Golias, also published on the Cartoon Movement platform.
The drawings were evaluated by an international jury that included, in addition to the organisation’s representative, António Antunes, Christine Traxeler from France, Jugoslav Vlahovic from Serbia, Leonardo Gutierrez from Venezuela and João Alpuim Botelho from Portugal. Almost a thousand works, published in 64 countries, participated in the competition.
The selection of the best competing works constitutes the exhibition that will be open to the public, at the Cultural and Congress Center of Caldas da Rainha, with free admission, from today until the 17th of October.