Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine tops the European Cartoon Awards 2022
A caricature of Vladimir Putin by a Cuban cartoonist Carlos David Fuentes was the obvious choice for 2022 European Comics Award. The jury – of which I was a member – selected the winning entry from over 615 cartoons and 16 nominees.
Published last March by the French weekly International mailthis cartoon “has not been published in the Cuban press because it goes against the official line”, explained Carlos David Fuentes when receiving the award.
“The idea came to me when I saw one of the first images of the bombing in Ukraine, during the invasion,” he said. “There was an image that showed a mushroom cloud after an explosion and I immediately realized that I could replace it with the face of the person who actually started this invasion. I did it very quickly because I felt like I had to create it as soon as possible, in the first hours.
The two runners-up are Marilena Nardi, whose caricature was published by the Italian daily Domani, and Harry Burtonpolitical cartoonist for the daily Irish Examiner. Jean-Michel Delambre and Vasco Gargalo received honorable mentions.
The European Cartoon Award was founded by the European Press Prize and Studio Europe Maastricht in 2019, the year when New York Times decided to stop publishing editorial cartoons. Its aim is to support and promote editorial cartooning in Europe.
To Voxeurop we pride ourselves on giving full editorial space to cartoonists, as this form of journalism and art transcends borders and languages, helping to foster conversation.
The other pre-selected cartoons. Click on an image to open it:
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