This cartoon was picked as Cartoon of the Year at last year’s Rotary Cartoon Awards.
This cartoon was picked as Cartoon of the Year at last year’s Rotary Cartoon Awards.

Entries open for Cartoon Awards

CARTOONISTS have the opportunity to poke fun at the social networking phenomena during the 2010 Rotary Cartoon Awards.

Entries are now open for the prestigious competition and the subject of ‘social networking’ in the International Category is sure to get some creative entries.

“As our dependency on social networking grows daily, we ignore the warnings from experts of shorter attention spans and alarming brain changes and enjoy the instant gratification,” Rotary Cartoon Awards publicity officer Fran Stephenson said.

“What will the cartoonists of the world have to say?”

Now in its 22nd year, the competition attracts more than 600 entries annually.

Started by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City in 1989, the competition is still sponsored by Rotary as well as the Australian Cartoonists Association and other corporate sponsors, which helps to bring the prize pool up to an impressive $10,000.

As well as the International Section there are six other categories open to Australian cartoonists including Best Cartoon with a Political Theme, Sports Theme, Cartoon Strip, Caricature and Open Theme.

In line with growing trends, this year the organisers have also included a new category - “Manga” which is intended to attract younger cartoonists.

The closing date for entries is July 26 and entry forms can be downloaded at, or

Winners of the competition will be announced at a gala awards presentation evening at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery on Saturday, August 28.

The organisers are still seeking additional sponsors for this year’s competition.

Expressions of interest can be conveyed to The Bunker Cartoon Gallery on 66 517343 or to Warren Grimshaw on 0400 441 976.

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