Cartoonists Rights Network International is proud to announce our first international cartoon contest.
The Hidden Heroes of Iranian Cartooning.
CRNI is now providing a platform for Iranian cartoonists, both in the Diaspora and within Iran, to show the world what their hopes, dreams and aspirations are.
The competition is currently running and will close on March 15, 2014. There are five categories, and cartoonists can submit up to three cartoons per category.
1. Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
2. Sanctions and the Economy
3. US Iranian Relations
4. Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Religious Freedom and "the Red Lines"
5. The Environment and Pollution
Presently, Iran is at an important historical crossroads, where its political leadership is opening hitherto closed policy issues to international commentary and negotiations. It's important that Iran's cartoonists are heard from.
CRNI provides this platform for Iranian cartoonists to show the world what they think about these and other important issues. For Persian speakers, we have opened up a Persian language section to our website, see the Persian language button at the bottom of our home page. We are also opening up a blog and we welcome comments from cartoonists and non-cartoonists alike.
For those Iranians who would like to participate but have never drawn a cartoon, we welcome you, and encourage you to visit a new and unusual website for those who would like to try their hand at creating cartoons.
This new and innovative website allows even the most artistically challenged humorist to create their own cartoons. Please go to this link, sign in, and start to create your own cartoons. toonistan.com/
So long as cartoons are in good taste and do not promote hate, no subject will be off-limits and no political perspectives will be censored
We encourage you to submit your cartoons as soon as possible to the following email address; firstname.lastname@example.org
the judges are:
Mr. Joel Pett, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-leader. USA.
Mr. Kal Kallaugher, staff cartoonist for The Economist magazine, international lecturer on cartoon art.
Dr. John Lent, Editor of the International Journal of Comic Art, professor of communications (retired) Temple University, USA.
Dr. Robert "Bro" Russell, Executive Director, Cartoonists Rights Network International.
Mr. Vladimir Kazanevsky, international cartoon lecture, exhibited in over 44 countries resident in Kiev, Ukraine.
This project is in cooperation with the US Virtual Embassy in Iran.
The text of the announcement is below.