The Owners of the Cartoon Oscars Announced

Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, the 34th edition of which has been held this year, has been finalized

The winners of the “Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition”, which brings together cartoons and cartoonists from all corners of the world at a platform of free thought, and the 34th edition of which has been held this year, have been announced. The meeting of the International Jury has been held at Bodrum Işıl Club on June 19, Monday.

The Aydın Doğan Foundation, emphasizing the education and the empowerment of girls, and gender equality in all its activities, also handed out a Special Award for “Empowered Girls, Empowered Future”, this year too, as the previous year.

This year's winners of the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, held by the Aydın Doğan Foundation with the goal of spreading inter-society reconciliation, love, friendship, freedom, and peace with cartoons, were announced during the Jury Meeting held at Bodrum Işıl Club on Monday, June 19.

The 34th edition of the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, referred to by the authorities as the "number one cartoon competition across the world", where works that shed light on the world's agenda compete, 641 artists from 63 countries participated with 2,220 cartoons, with independent themes. The Jury evaluated 261 cartoons by 187 artists from 40 countries, who have passed the preliminary elimination round.

There are 9 members this year in the Jury, whereby world-renowned, well-known cartoonists and artists were members, and which has received over 85,000 works of over 7,800 artists from 137 countries to this day. Tan Oral is the president of the Jury, and distinguished individuals such as Ercan Akyol, Latif Demirci, Rudy Gheysens (Belgium), Piyale Madra, Mohsen Nouri Najafi (Iran), Peter Nieuwendijk (the Netherlands), Joel Pett (the USA), and Cristina Sampaio (Portugal) are members.

Special Award for “Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures” 

During the competition held by the Aydın Doğan Foundation, emphasizing in all its efforts the education and empowerment of girls, and gender equality, the Special Award “Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures” was given this year to the cartoon by Fethi Gürcan Mermertaş from Turkey, as selected among the cartoons drawn with this theme.

The Winners of the 34th Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition

The Jury gave the first place award to Ross Thomson (the United Kingdom), second place award to Shahram Rezaei (Iran), and the third place award to Raimundo Rucke Santos Souza (Brazil).

Moreover the Jury also gave Achievement Awards to Luc Descheemaeker (Belgium), Muhamed Djerlek (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Darko Drljevic (Montenegro), Ehsan Ganji (Iran) (2 awards), Vasco Gargalo (Portugal), Alessandro Gatto (Italy), Dokhshid Ghodratipour (Iran), Krzysztof Grzondziel (Poland), Silvano Mello (Brazil), Raimundo Rucke Santos Souza (Brazil), and Ross Thomson (the United Kingdom).

Artists winning first prize and special prize in the competition will be awarded 8000 USD, second prize winner 5000 USD, and third prize winner 3500 USD. The 12 winners of the Achievement Award will be given 500 US Dollars.

All artists that have received awards will also be presented with for sculptures and award certificates representing their achievements during a ceremony to be held in Istanbul in November.

Cartoons that have received awards in the competition will be exhibited at the Milta Bodrum Marina Ottoman Shipyard Governorate Art Gallery between June 21 and 27, 2017.