The contest is open to all persons irrespective of age and nationality.
There are 2 categories:
• Youth Category: 15 years and younger.
• Adult Category: 16 years and older.
Both professional and non-professional cartoonists are allowed to participate in this contest.
The main theme is ‘The afterlife’.
This year, Amnesty International is offering a special prize to the best cartoon with the theme ‘Right to free speech’.
More information about the themes can be found at the bottom of this page.
• The entries have to be submitted in digital format and shouldn't contain any explanation of the drawing.
• The entries have to be uploaded in JPEG format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (2480 x 3508 pixels)..
• Dimensions include any passe-partout 21 x 30 cm (A4).
• Number of entries per contestant: maximum 5 submissions for each theme.
• You have to fill in your contact details and upload your cartoons at www.olensekartoenale.be (Click “Register”).
• You can sign up for participation from 1st July 2022 onwards.
• Winners will be requested to send the original drawings of the winnings cartoons within 2 days after the request is made by the organization.
• This should be sent to Community Olen, Dorp 1, 2250 Olen, Belgium .
Prize-winning drawings will become the property of the organizer or theme sponsor.
The selected drawings may be used by the organizers to promote the contest and the village of Olen.
The jury consists of artists, cartoonists and laymen.
Decisions made by the jury cannot be challenged.
Selected entries will be considered for inclusion in a catalogue.
The authors of these entries will receive a free copy of the catalogue during the prize award ceremony or afterwards by mail.
The deadline is 12 september 2022 at 12.00 AM midnight.
The entry form can be found at www.olensekartoenale.be (Click "Register") where you can also upload your entries.
|Adult Category||Youth Category|
|1st Prize : 1500 euro||1st Prize : 200 euro|
|2nd Prize : 700 euro||2nd Prize : 175 euro|
|3rd Prize : 400 euro||3rd Prize : 150 euro|
|4th Prize : 300 euro||4th Prize : 100 euro|
Prize of the city of Bialogard (only for Polish participants) : 200 euro
Special prize Amnesty International : 350 euro
The prize award ceremony will take place on Friday 11 November 2022 at approximately 20.00h in the council room of the town hall of Olen, Dorp 1, 2250 Olen.
All contestants are welcome to the occasion.
Only the winners will be personally invited.
A selection of the cartoons will also be exhibited at the same address and can be visited on:
• Sunday 13 November 2022
• All working days from Monday 14 November 2022 till the end of December 2022:
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These last years in which a corona virus and a new war sows death and destruction, it may be appropriate to pause for a moment and consider the belief or disbelief in an afterlife. Archaeologists were able to show that Neanderthals before us already harboured the idea of an afterlife and they ritually prepared their dead for the journey. The ancient Egyptians made every effort during their lifetime to achieve eternal bliss in Amenti and developed mummification and at least seven concepts of spiritual qualities associated with being human. During the Middle Ages death was common due to plagues and wars. Indulgences, pilgrimages and much praying could help increase your chances, possibly after simmering for a while in purgatory, to feast on rice pudding with golden spoons between angels and saints... In Hellas, the gods resembled muscular brats, quickly displeased supermen and superwomen. All of it the opposite of what the Asian Buddha promoted as the path to detachment, reincarnation and Nirvana. Heaven, Paradise, Nirvana, Eternal Hunting Grounds, Amenti, Valhalla are all man-made places for the mystery that awaits us and gives hope to the faithful. At best, that belief is a reason to comply ethical rules that enable us to live together without major calamities. This is more than necessary, by the way, given the overpopulation and the shrinking carrying capacity of our beautiful planet.
Amnesty International's theme is 'right to freedom of expression'. As defenders of human rights, freedom of speech is crucial to Amnesty International. Since its inception, this organization has championed the release of all prisoners of conscience: people who are incarcerated only for what they find. Free access to information, for example via newspapers, television or the internet, is essential for a properly functioning rule of law. Just think of the actions Amnesty takes when this right to free speech is restricted.
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