Global Editorial Cartoon Competition Winners Announced

Caroline Scullin,, 202-721-9200

Three Winners Chosen by Voters from 642 Entries, 83 Countries

A picture is worth more than a thousand words – cartoons can speak across languages and across cultures. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition. Artists from Iran, Spain, and Indonesia won in the Democratic Governance, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Empowerment categories.

“I believe cartoons are an international language to express beliefs and emotions, a language without border and nationality,” said Democratic Governance winner Seyedbehzad Ghafarizadeh of Iran.

“Cartoons can tell us a story with just an image,” said Entrepreneurship winner Rocío Martínez  Jiménez of Spain.

Youth Empowerment winner Taufan Hidayatullah of Indonesia said his cartoon reflected disillusionment with the lack of progress since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. “To me, the tyranny that needs to be broken is corruption,” he said. “The hope lies in the younger generation.”

This year’s competition attracted 642 entries from 83 countries around the world. Winners in each category were selected through public, online voting with  more than 8,000 votes across the three categories. The winners will receive cash prizes totaling $1,500.

The Pat Oliphant Grand Prize award, chosen by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, will be announced shortly.

For more information about the contest and to see the cartoons, visit: or download the winners’ packet with all three winning cartoons and information about the cartoonists.



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