We are proud to present the first edition of the European Cartoon Award, founded by Studio Europa Maastricht and the European Press Prize.
Quality journalism is of vital importance to healthy democracies – and cartoonists play a crucial role in this system of checks and balances. Their creations are the hallmark of an open society: often just a single image, they hold up a mirror, make change negotiable and induce public debate.
Yet, more than any other form of journalism, cartoons are feeling the strain of the shrinking space for freedom of expression. Earlier this year the New York Times made the sad decision to stop publishing political cartoons altogether, after a controversial cartoon by the Portuguese cartoonist António Moreira Antunes prompted outrage.
To encourage cartoonists to continue their essential task, we are launching the European Cartoon Award, worth €10,000 for cartoons that analyse and reflect upon current affairs and events in Europe or concerning Europe, and thus inspire public debate.
You can send in your work from January 13 onwards – enter here. For any questions contact us at [email protected].