My apologies for not being more timely.
The United Nations Correspondents Association and the UN Society of Writers and Artists announced the winners of the 2009 Ranan Lurie/UN Cartoon Awards earlier this month. First place, and $10,000, went to Robert Ariail, cartooning in The State.
Ariail’s winner is a clever depiction of a commuter making the most of advertising for $4.00/gallon gasoline, becoming a bicycle commuter in the process.
Robert Ariail's First Place cartoon, 2009 Ranan Lurie UN Cartoon Award competition ($10,000)
Ariail's self-portrait -- he is without portfolio at the moment
Sad news, too typical for cartoonists these days — Ariail was laid off from The State before the award announcements. You can see Ariail’s work at his website. (This may be a better copy of his award-winning cartoon.)
Hey! Mr. Murdoch! Want to do some public service and promote your news organizations? Hire Ariail, and some of the other laid-off cartoonists whose visual opinions we sorely need in these complex and too-somber times. (Anyone else who owns a newspaper, or edits one, should consider doing a favor for cartooning and the public, too.)
Go check out the other cartoons, all the way through honorable mention. There are some spectactular, funny, and stinging works there. I’ll post a few of them as we near 2010, but you can look now.
- First prize, $10,000 – Robert Ariail, The State (U.S.A.)
- Second prize, $5,000 – Silvan Wegmann, Sonntag (Switzerland)
- Third prize, $3,000 – Shlomo Cohen, Israel Hayom (Israel)
Citations for excellence:
- Guy Badeaux, Le Droit (Canada)
- Michael Kontouris, Eleftheros Tipos (Greece)
- Agim Sulaj, Romagna Corriere (Italy)
- David Pope, The Canberra Times (Australia)
- Zhu Zizun, Jiaxing Daily (China)
- Michael Keefe, The Denver Post (U.S.A.)
- Xiaoqiang Hou, Cartoon Weekly (China)
- Makhmud Eshonkulov, Himal (Republic of Nepal)
- Rex Babin, The Sacramento Bee (U.S.A.)
- Fruz Kutal, Amnesty International “Magasinet” (Norway)
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