Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom | Cartoon Contest
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An important highlight of the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon is the recognition of editorial cartoonists from around the world who have used images and words to make powerful commentary on world issues. The International Editorial Cartoon Competition receives hundreds of entries every year, often from countries where press freedom is not a reality but a distant dream.

1. The theme for the 17th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:

F for fake

Yesterday a global network with libertarian accents, has the Internet become a threat to democracies?
Corporate-funded think tanks and fake grassroots groups are now everywhere and consumers often have difficulty in finding the source of the “information” they disseminate.
The phenomenon is compounded by the fact that one doesn’t need to actually be where something is happening in order to report on it.
Many have also criticized the role of algorithms used by social networks in limiting debate by enclosing their users in ideological bubbles.
The term “fake news” has further been co-opted as a means of silencing legitimate journalism or criticism, and when confronted by verifiable facts, the term “alternative facts” has even been invoked.

2. Prizes: three prizes will be given: a first prize of $1000 plus a Certificate from Canadian UNESCO, second and third prizes of $500. All sums are in Canadian dollars. Ten additional cartoons will receive an ‘Award of Excellence,’ Regrettably no financial remuneration accompanies the Awards of Excellence.

3. Only one cartoon will be accepted from each cartoonist. It may be either in color or black and white and must not have won an award.

4. The size of the cartoon should not exceed A4; 21 by 29.2 cm; or 8.50 by 11 inches.

5. The name, address, telephone number and a short biography of the cartoonist must be included in the submission.

6. The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom shall have the rights to use any of the cartoons entered in the Competition for promotion of our Editorial Cartoon Competition and World Press Freedom Day.

7. The winners of the Cartoon Competition will be announced at the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon held at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday May 2, 2017 as well as being advised by e-mail. The winner’s names and their cartoons will be posted on the CCWFP web site.

8. The winning cartoons will be exhibited at the luncheon.

The deadline for receipt of cartoons is 5p.m. GMT, Friday, March 31, 2017.
Send submissions by e-mail to : info@ccwpf-cclpm.ca
Cartoons should be in jpeg format at 300 dpi

Past Winners

16th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: “The right to be forgotten”
Winner: Dale Cummings, Canada

15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: “Press freedom has a value, but also a price”
Winner:  Signe Wilkinson, USA

14th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: “Big Brother is watching you”
Winner: Bruce MacKinnon, Canada

13th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: “Hard times and free speech”
Winner: Leslie Ricciardi, Uruguay

12th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Power to the People: Citizens and Social Media
Winner: Liz França, Brazil

11th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Wikileaks” and its creators:  villains or heroes?
Winner: Marilena Nardi, Italy

10th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme:The “right” not to be offended is not a right
Winner: Plantu, France

9th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Protecting privacy?
Winner: Ares, Cuba

8th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Rewriting History
Winner: Ivan Anchukov, Russia
7th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Killing the messenger
Winner: Mohammed Al-Adwani, Iraq
6th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Cartooning in a dangerous environment
Winner: Run Tang Li, China
5th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Freedom of expression and the electoral process
Winner: Mihai Ignat, Romania
4th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: The Internet: Freedom of expression and Access Issues
Winner: Alessandro Gatto, Italy
3rd World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Freedom of expression and censorship
Winner: Mihai Ignat, Romania
2nd World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Censorship
Winner: Yurij Ochakovsky, Israel
1st World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition
Theme: Freedom of expression
Winner: Fred Sebastian, Canada