Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest Awards Given

Created 28 November 2018

The 35th Year of the Cartoon Oscars Celebrated

This year’s winners of the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest, the 35th edition of which was celebrated with a ceremony held at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University on November 27 are Dokhshid Ghodratipour (Iran) and Jugoslav Vlahovic (Serbia).

The recipient of the special award of “Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures” award, given this year as well was Bernard Bouton from France.

The awards for the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest, which has become an international platform, with attendance by several cartoon artists of various nationalities with their valuable works of art, also referred to as the ‘Cartoon Oscar’s of the world were handed to the winners with an awards ceremony held at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University on November 27.

In the 35th year of the contest, 623 artists from 64 countries participated with 2143 works of art. 177 cartoons by 138 artists from 42 countries went through a pre-selection phase, and they were then evaluated by the International Jury in June.

Among the participants of the award ceremony that took place with Özge Uzun’s presentation on November 27 were Sema Doğan, Deputy Honorary Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation; Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Deputy Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation; Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ, Sedat Ergin, Volkan Vural, Ertuğrul Özkök, Erol Çamur, Members of the Board of Directors of the Aydın Doğan Foundation; Candan Fetvacı, the Head of the Steering Committee of the Aydın Doğan Foundation; Prof. Kayhan Ülker, the Vice Rector of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University; Prof. Deniz İncedayı, Vice Rector; and several deans and academicians.

The Jury chose two grand award winners in this year’s contest. Dokhshid Ghodratipour (Iran) and Jugoslav Vlahovic (Serbia) shared the grand award, and received their awards from Sema Doğan, Deputy Honorary Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation; Shahrokh Heidari (Iran) received the second place award from Arzuhan Yalçındağ, Member of the Board of Directors of the Aydın Doğan Foundation, and Krzysztof Grzondziel (Poland) received the third place award from Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Deputy Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation.

The Special Award for the cartoon by Bernard Bouton from France, among the cartoons drawn with the theme “Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures” for this year, was given by Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Deputy Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation.

The Jury also deemed the following names worthy of Success Awards: Turan Aksoy (Turkey), Constantin Pavel (Romania), Moacir Knorr Gutterres (Brazil), Konstantin Kazanchev (Ukraine), Silvano Mello (Brazil), Roman Peshkov (Russia), Sajad Rafeei (Iran), Nicos Terzis (Sweden), two awards for Didie Sri Widiyanto (Indonesia), and Kürşat Zaman (Turkey).

Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Deputy Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation: “Art is one of the most effective and efficient manners for communicating emotions, not data.”

Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, Deputy Chairperson of the Aydın Doğan Foundation said that the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest is regarded by the authorities as ‘the number one cartoon contest in the world’, and said “Cartoon, in its essence, is a form of art as ancient as the history of mankind. We, as Aydın Doğan Foundation, place great importance to the role of cartoons in understanding one another in society, the role surrounding tolerance, what is spoken and unspoken, and those that are challenging to talk about, and we have been working with all our might for the past 35 years to ensure that this does exist in society. In addition to the work we carry out, we also support the activities of the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation focusing on children and art. We are developing projects with Aydın Doğan Fine Arts High School, and we highly value the creation of a young generation interested in cartoons as a form of art. We do value it highly, because the youth is the future of both our world and the art of cartoon. An altogether separate beauty of this evening was the workshop held by the students together with the award-winning cartoonists to help them develop their creativity, and look at the world with a different perspective.”

She continued her words, saying “The art of cartoon is perhaps one of the most intelligent, smoothest, the wittiest, and sometimes the sharpest forms of art. It is certain that cartoons do have a magical power that carries one to a different world instantly. I would like to once again thank all the artists who sent their works to our contest, who enriched us with their drawings and lines, and the jury members who have spent valuable efforts in making this contest a reality”.

The Aydın Doğan Foundation also holds a contest in collaboration with the Association of Creative Children with the aim of creating a young generation that is interested in the art of cartoon and to contribute to the education of future talents. These young illustrators met with the award-winning cartoonists in a workshop activity prior to the award ceremony at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. They both drew together, and found the opportunity to bond warmly during the course of the workshop activity.

Award winning cartoons exhibited at the Mimar Sinan University

Following the 35th Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Contest Award Ceremony, the award winning cartoons will be exhibited at the Mimar Sinan and Osman Hamdi Bey Halls at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University until December 7, Friday, at the exhibition curated by Assistant Professor Başak Ürkmez, the Vice Head of the Department of Design, at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, and Assistant Professor Umut Südüak, a member of the academia at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University; and the Board of Directors of the Graphic Designers Professional Association.

The award winning cartoons will be exhibited for the fans of art at the Caddebostan Cultural Center between December 12 and 15 this year, like the past years.