Studio Europa Maastricht and European Press Prize announce the shortlist of the very first edition of the European Cartoon Award. Hundreds of cartoons were submitted to the prize and 16 cartoonists have been nominated. 

Cartoonists from Denmark, Italy, Romania, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the UK have been nominated. The 2020 cartoon laureates are: 

  • Agim Sulaj, published by Fany Blog
  • Mundiario Anne Derenne, published by Cartoon Movement
  • Arend van Dam, published by l’Espresso
  • Ben Jennings, published by The i Newspaper
  • Cláudio Antônio Gomes, published by Courrier International
  • Costel Pătrășcan, published Representation of the European Commission in Romania
  • Hajo de Reijger, published by Pers & Prent Cartoon Movement
  • Halit Kurtulmuş, published by Cartoon Movement
  • Herman van Bostelen (Gorilla), published by De Groene Amsterdammer
  • Joep Bertrams, published by De Limburger
  • Marco De Angelis, published by Buduàr Courrier International
  • Mette Dreyer, published by Politiken
  • Victor Eugen Mihai, published by Sportul Băcăuan
  • Niels Bo Bojesen, published by Jyllands-Posten
  • Ruben L. Oppenheimer, published by De Limburger
  • Tomás Serrano, published by El Español 

Watch the cartoons of the 2020 laureates here. The winner of the European Cartoon Award will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 1 October.

“Editorial cartoons are a special type of commentary; they have so many boxes they have to tick in terms of visual storytelling, connection to current events, and providing a clear message. It’s a tough ask! For this first ever European Cartoon Award, we judges were all aware that we would be helping to define what this category of journalism can be. What shone out of these cartoons were their sharp critiques, often very funny, of current affairs. We hope this selection helps to illustrate how important this genre of commentary is. We all want to encourage more cartoonists across Europe to enter for this fabulous prize in the years to come.” 

European Cartoon Award judge Janet H. Anderson

Our cartoon preparatory committee: Emanuele Del Rosso, Menekşe Çam, Vladimir Kazanevsky, Gatis Šļūka and Thierry Vissol made a first selection from the entries to present to the judges. The judges: Janet H. Anderson, Ramsés Morales Izquierdo and Simone Berghuys selected a shortlist.

About the European Cartoon Award 

The European Cartoon Award was founded by Studio Europa Maastricht and the European Press Prize in 2019; the year the New York Times decided to stop running editorial cartoons. Studio Europa Maastricht and the European Press Prize aim to award courage and quality and provoke conversation on the topic of Europe. 

About Studio Europa Maastricht 

Studio Europa Maastricht aims to stimulate debate on European current affairs and help shape the future of Europe, by bringing people from different disciplines and opinions together. Cartoons are a source of inspiration and an indispensable part of an open debate on Europe. To honour their significance, we launched the European Cartoon Award together with European Press Prize.

About European Press Prize 

The European Press Prize was founded in De Balie, Amsterdam by Democracy & Media Foundation and the Veronica Foundation, in Amsterdam; the Jyllands- Posten and Politiken foundations in Copenhagen; the Guardian Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation in London; and the Media Development Investment Fund, based in Prague and New York. Agora Foundation, Luminate and the Irish Times Trust have joined since. The prize aims to encourage and reward quality journalism across Europe.


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