'Black Lives Matter' wins 2021 LIBEX cartoon prize focussed on 'Cancel Culture'

"Black Lives Matter" by Tom Janssen wins the 2021 cartoon prize
"Black Lives Matter" by Tom Janssen wins the 2021 cartoon prize Copyright Tom Janssen (Netherlands)
By Jez Fielder
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Where will the new anathemas of political correctness take us?, asks LIBEX for their third edition of the international press cartoon competition. And the winner had BLM resonace.


Following 2020's competition 'freedom of expression and satire in danger,' the Euro-Mediterranean Centre LIBREXPRESSION (Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno -1889-1921) boldly chose a natural successor for 2021.

'Cancel Culture and Political Correctness' was 2021's category for Europe's finest political cartoonists.

Tom Janssen from the Netherlands scooped the top prize with his "Black Lives Matter" cartoon.

Here's what the jury had to say about the piece:

"Many have been, and still are, those who support, at least ostensibly, the anti-racist Black Lives Matter movement, but without doing much more than raising their fist to improve things on the issue. With his biting irony, precise and dynamic graphics, Tom Janssen unambiguously highlights the hypocrisy of our modern Western societies, quick to get emotional on social networks but indifferent to the concrete reality they face every day."

Second prize went to Elena Ospina (Colombia) for "Censorship".

Third prize was received by Marco De Angelis (Italy) for "Rinnovamento".

160 press cartoonists from 55 countries were invited to take part and entered 218 satirical cartoons. The material was examined by an international jury and chaired by Thierry Vissol, director of the Librexpression Centre.

The 56 semi-finalist cartoons selected by the jury will be displayed from 20 September to 31 December in an exhibition in the cloister of the Monastery San Benedetto in Conversano (Italy) and published in a paper catalogue.

The ten finalist cartoons, presented below, will also become postcards available to the public.

The LIBEX2021 competition was organised with the collaboration of Cartooning for Peace and voxeurop.eu

The ten finalists, in alphabetical order, were as follows:

Niels Bo Bojesen (Denmark) niels@bobojesen.com
"Cancel Culture".Niels Bo Bojesen (Denmark) niels@bobojesen.com
Toso Borkovic (Serbia)
"Monument"Toso Borkovic (Serbia)
Lido Contemori (Italy)
"Politically Correct"Lido Contemori (Italy)
Marco De Angelis (Italy)
"Renewal".Marco De Angelis (Italy)
Yoemnis Del Toro (Cuba)
"The Woodcutter".Yoemnis Del Toro (Cuba)
Tom Janssen (Netherlands)
"Black Lives Matter".Tom Janssen (Netherlands)
Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek (Poland)
"Immersed in the dustbin of history".Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek (Poland)
Walter Leoni (Italy)
"In un Plin".Walter Leoni (Italy)
Elena Ospina (Colombia)
"Censorship"Elena Ospina (Colombia)
Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands)
“Political debate”Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands)
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