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. In 2019 the New York Times made the sad decision to stop publishing political cartoons altogether, after the publication of a reputedly antisemitic cartoon 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 – a link to the online entry form will appear on the homepage of the European Press Prize on January 13. For any questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.