A cartoon by Agim Sulaj

A cartoon by Agim Sulaj

This year 787 cartoonists joined the contest with 2289 cartoons. The winners were selected among 237 works by 205 artists from 46 countries, selected by a pre-selective committee.

The winners of the 32nd Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest, organized by the Aydın Doğan Foundation and considered the Oscars of the cartoon world, were announced yesterday. Albanian cartoonist Agim Sulaj was named the winner of this year’s contest.

The works of Sulaj, 50, who lives in Italy, have been published in Italy, Britain, Greece and Turkey. He mostly focuses on poverty, environmental problems and the life of refugees in his cartoons.

His winning cartoon in the contest depicts terror and expresses that terror can hit any country and any person regardless of geography.

The second and third prizes of the 32nd Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest went to Iranian artists Mohsen Nouri Najafi and Jalal Pirmarzabad, respectively.

The selective committee of the contest, headed by Michael Kountouris (Greece), gathered on June 15 at Bodrum Işıl Club in the western province of Bodrum.

Other jury members included the authorities of the cartoon world; Ercan Akyol, Latif Demirci, Selçuk Demirel, Piyale Madra (Turkey), Bayram Hajizadeh (Azerbaijan), Godfrey Mwampembwa (Tanzania), Yuko Shimizu (Japan) and Jen Sorensen (U.S.).

Aydın Doğan Foundation Executive Board President Candan Fetvacı said, “The quality of the cartoons in the contest and the difficulty in selecting them revealed once again the respected position of the contest in the world. International artists depicted the world’s most important problems – migration, war and terror – in their drawings and expressed their hope for peace.”

Sulaj will receive $8,000, while the winners of the second and third prizes, Najafi and Pirmarzabad, will receive $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. The other winners of the contest will get $500.

The winning cartoons of the contest will be displayed at the Milta Bodrum Marina Ottoman Shipyard Kaymakamlık Art Gallery between June 17 and 25.

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