An important highlight of the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon is the recognition of editorial cartoonists from around the world who have used images and words to make powerful commentary on world issues. The International Editorial Cartoon Competition receives hundreds of entries every year, often from countries where press freedom is not a reality but a distant dream.

The theme for the 23rd International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:

Free speech or free for all

Intimidation and disinformation have become weapons in the arsenal of politicians and those who seek to control the media narrative.

Donald Trump’s rude behaviour and open disdain for rivals, the media and government institutions has encouraged others, such as Jair Borsonaro, to emulate him.

On average, Trump lied twenty times per day on Twitter and Facebook, bypassing mainstream media organizations that are responsible for checking facts.

Social media companies profit by creating algorithms that divide us and reward fear and anger, rather than accurate information.

Has mainstream media been derelict in its mission as it struggles to remain profitable? How can we filter abuse without curtailing free speech? And if that is at all possible, who would moderate the moderators?

Submissions to the International Editorial Cartoon Competition are closed.

Marilena Nardi wins 2022 International Editorial Cartoon Competition

Cancel culture was the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Canada International Cartoon Contest. It was tackled by 443 entrants.

First prize goes to Marilena Nardi of Italy. Nardi is a previous winner of the World Press Freedom cartoon contest and the first woman to win the World Press Cartoon award in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. After graduating in sculpture, she is now Professor of illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. She has drawn for many periodicals such as Diario, Corriere della Sera, L’Antitempo and Il Fatto Quotidiano. Recent collaborations are those for the weekly Left, the French magazines Espoir, Zélium and Siné Madame.

Second place belongs to Canadian Patrick LaMontagne. After answering an ad in the Banff Crag and Canyon newspaper in 1997, LaMontagne suddenly found himself with a weekly editorial cartoon. In 2001, he accepted the editorial cartoonist position with The Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper, the same year he became
nationally syndicated. By 2005, he was a full-time cartoonist, illustrator and digital painter, despite having no formal art training. He lives in Canmore.

Tošo Borković of Serbia takes third place. Borković was educated in Ruma and Sarajevo. Early on, he started his career as full-time cartoonist in Serbia’s most circulated daily, Vecernjie Novosti, in Belgrade. He has collaborated with many magazines and publishing houses in Serbia. He also drew a daily comic for eight years at the beginning of his career. He has participated in many international competitions and festivals in Serbia where he has received over 80 awards and recognitions. He lives in Belgrade.