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United Nations Political Cartoons Competition

eadline: 15 September 2013
Open to: any professional author of a political cartoon printed in publications published anywhere, in any language
Awards: first prize $10,000; second prize $5,000; third prize $3,000


The United Nations is currently accepting entries in the 2013 Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards competition. This annual political cartoon award, given in the international field, has been established to promote the highest standard of excellence in political cartoons.

The UN in its desire to promote the highest standard of excellence in political cartoons depicting the spirit of the United Nations has established this annual political cartoon award given in the international field, and named the award after political cartoonist Ranan Lurie.


Entries for these awards may be made by any professional individual, and should consist of political cartoons printed in any publication published anywhere, in any language. Entries must be done from the beginning of September 2012 to the 15th of October 2013, reflecting the importance of human dignity, mutual respect and friendship among nations, as well as economic consideration and environmental responsibilities towards each other. While cartoonists may send in whatever they please, the contest does not encourage maligning member nations or their leaders.


The prizes are to be announced on December 15, 2013, at the Annual Awards presentation in New York. Thirteen prizes will be announced in the presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations, The Honorable Ban Ki-moon.

  • First prize, of $10,000.00 and a plaque
  • Second prize, of $5,000.00 and a plaque
  • Third prize, of $3,000.00 and a plaque
  • Ten honorable mentions, in the form of plaques


Only copies (not originals) will be accepted for consideration. Entries must be submitted in writing and addressed to:

25 Columbus Circle, Suite 63E
New York, NY, 10019

The cartoon reproductions will be accepted only as published, with name of publication, language, and date included, accompanied by entry form, a newspaper reprint, a picture of the entrant and a biography (no longer than 75 words). Exhibits are limited to two cartoons per person. Reproductions must be presented measuring no larger than 8.5×11 inches. Envelopes larger than 9×13 inches will not be opened.

Winning cartoons will be chosen for their high professional standards in art, political analysis of events, projection of events to come, humor, while emphasizing the spirit and principles of the U.N.

Entries for awards must be received on or before November 15, 2013. For more information please visit the official website.


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