Winners of AydIn DoIan competition on display in Istanbul

Award-winning cartoons from the 32nd edition of Turkeyand’s annual Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition went on public display this week in Istanbul at the Caddebostan Cultural Center (CKM) in KadikandOy.
Agim Sulaj, a multiple international award-winning Albanian painter and cartoonist known for his hyper-realistic style, was the big winner of this yearand’s awards, announced on Tuesday evening at a gala ceremony at the Trump Mall in MecidiyekandOy.
Sulaj, whose work touches upon a range of topical social and political matters of the 21st century, from migrantsand’ lives to pollution, won first prize and a cash award of $8,000 for his black and white cartoon about poverty and social inequality.
Two Iranian artists, Mohsen Nouri Najafi and Jalal Pirmarzabad, won second prize and third prize, respectively.
More than 2,200 cartoons by 787 artists from 66 countries were submitted this year to the competition, held annually since 1983 and billed by organizers among the worldand’s leading cartoon competitions.
The winners were chosen by a 10-member international selection committee that included Greek cartoonist Michael Kountouris, Tanzanian political cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa — aka Gado — and American cartoonist and illustrator Jen Sorensen, as well as Turkeyand’s Latif Demirci, Selandcuk Demirel, Piyale Madra and Tan Oral.
The top three cartoons, along with those that won honorable mentions on Tuesday, will be on display until Dec. 15 at CKM.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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