Did you know that there is an international cartoon award? Neither did I until I saw an article about the Niels Bugge Cartoon Award, presented by Denmark. This is its second year and it has been a great success, despite not being well-known in the United States. Satirical cartoonists from 75 countries compete for the top three awards, all with the same theme. This year’s theme was “Oceans In Our Hands.” Below are the top three cartoons (chosen by a jury of nine) and seven more that really bring the theme home.
1. First Place cartoon — Andrei Popov, Russia.
2. Second Place — Bruce MacKinnon, Canada
3. Third Place — Pawel Kuczynski, Poland
4. Yuri Manaev, Russia
5. Serdar Kycyklar, Turkey
6. Issac Norman, Philippines
7. Phil Umbdenstock, France
8. Lars Ole Nejstgaard, Denmark
9. Pierre Brignaud, Canada
10. Jens Hage, Denmark
You can see all of the cartoons in the 2014 Niels Bugge Cartoon Award catalog.