Turkish, Iranian artists share first place in cartoon competition

June 05, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:21:00

Turkish cartoonist Doğan Arslan and his Iranian peer Javad Alizadeh shared the top prize in this year’s 29th Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, Turkish news agencies reported on Tuesday.

Arslan and Alizadeh were among 944 cartoonists from 80 countries who submitted a total of 2,945 works to this year’s competition, which were whittled down to 175 cartoons by 147 artists for a final evaluation by the competition’s international jury, which convened in the resort town of Bodrum over the weekend.

Serbian cartoonist Vladimir Stankovski was named second-place winner and Pole Pawel Kuczynski was third in the competition, held annually by the İstanbul-based Aydın Doğan Foundation, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The jury gave Success Awards to Brazilian cartoonists Jose Antonio Costa, Rodrigo Mineu and Raimundo Waldez; Belgium’s Ludo Goderis; Turkey’s Musa Gümüş and Muhittin Köroğlu; Iran’s Aliyeh Mazaheri and Negin Naghiyeh; Ukraine’s Sergey Riabokon; China’s Cai Weidong and Bert M.L. Witte from the Netherlands. The award-winning cartoons will go on display on Wednesday at the art gallery at the Milta Bodrum Marina. The awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 9 in İstanbul.

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