Wed, Oct 08, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Foreigners win top cartoon prizes


German cartoonist Kurtu Valeriu won first prize at the Second Tai-wan International Cartoon Contest with a drawing depicting a carnival parade on a European street.

Valeriu, a professional cartoonist, will be awarded a US$3,000 cash prize and a medal at an award presentation ceremony to be held in Taipei on Nov. 29, said a spokesman for the Chinese Cartoonist Union, sponsor of the contest.

The top five prizes were all won by foreigners, with Seyran Caferli of Azerbaijan grabbing the second place prize of US$2,000, Yuan Shengxiang (袁生祥) of China taking home the third prize of US$1,000, Sergey Sichenko of Israel grabbing fourth and US$800 and Masoud Ziaei Zardkhashoei of Iran taking fifth spot and US$500 in prize money.

Nearly 800 drawings by more than 600 professional or amateur cartoonists from around the world were entered in the competition whose theme was "travel and leisure activities, " according to the spokesman.

The panel of judges -- comprised of renowned Taiwanese cartoonists, writers and art critics -- selected 20 other cartoon drawings as "excellent works" and 60 others as "selected works."

All of these, including the nine by Taiwanese, will be displayed at an exhibition to be held after the award presentation.

The contest received financial support from several government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Tourism Bureau, the Council for Cultural Affairs and the Taipei City Government.

A total of 85 works selected in the First Taiwan International Carton Contest last year are still being displayed in an nationwide exhibition tour as part of the sponsor's efforts to share the fun of cartoon creations with people around the country.

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