All the awards:

2022 Kofi Annan Courage in Cartooning Award

Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

Gàbor Pàpai, Hungary

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Geneva, Switzerland, May 3, 2022

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The Laureates

Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine’s leading cartoonist, was working in his studio early in the morning of 24 February when he heard loud explosions near the airport. He and his wife quickly found themselves in Western Ukraine, along with a huge wave of families fleeing the bombings. They decided to cross the Polish border to Presov, a town in Slovakia with a community of artists.

Deprived of his drawing materials, catalogues and books, which he had to leave behind in Kiev, Vladimir Kazanevsky continues to draw relentlessly: Putin in action, on a tank or on the bow of the Titanic. “Autocrats and dictators are afraid of our cartoons, and they are right, because our drawings are powerful weapons,” he says.

Fiercely determined to continue the fight against Russian aggression, the 71-year-old sees his work as an act of resistance. An act of defence of freedom of expression against war propaganda.

Gàbor Pàpai, Hungary

For several years, Hungarian cartoonist Gàbor Pàpai and his newspaper Népszava – the only opposition daily still alive in Budapest – have been the subject of attacks and legal proceedings by the authorities – even though Hungary is part of the European Union!

The Catholic religion, the fight against covid or simply Hungarian history are all pretexts for prosecution in a country ranked 92nd in the world press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). This shameful ranking has been deteriorating ever since Viktor Orbán became Prime Minister, putting all independent media in great difficulty. Some, like Népszava, are directly threatened with extinction. Gàbor Pàpai, far from being intimidated, continues to critically observe and draw all political actors in Hungary.

2018 International Cartoonist Award

Musa Kart, Turkey

2016 International Cartoonist Award

Zunar, Malaysia
Gado, Kenya

2014 International Cartoonist Award

Hani Abbas, Syria and Palestine
Doa Eladl, Egypt

2012 International Cartoonist Award

Firozeeh, Hassan Karimzadeh, Mana Neyestani & Kianoush, Iran