The Rotary Cartoon Awards are now in their 28th year and run by the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in beautiful Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. I really urge my Cartooning Friends to consider taking part in the competition, but not only because of the rich financial prizes on offer but because of the Awards' aims. The goal is to promote cartooning, cartoon artists and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, and isn't that a worthy reason to enter??
A few years ago there were some issue in relation to Copyright ownership of the entries, and I am happy to report all of these have now been sorted. Entrants now continue to retain copyright ownership, and agree to allow the Bunker Cartoon Gallery and the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City to use their work for promotional purposes in furthering the aims of the Gallery. Given that the Gallery is now run by a Board (rather than the City Council), the Gallery is seeking to be as independent and financially autonomous as possible, with events like this being useful in helping achieve these goals...
Of course, the reason you are probably reading this, is to find out the Categories and the Prize monies on offer. (They are open to EVERYONE that is an Australian Resident and over the age of 18 years of age. That's just about ALL OF US!) SO, without further ado, here are the Categories:
BEST COMIC STRIP ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...$1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
BEST CARTOON WITH A POLITICAL THEME...$1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
BEST CARTOON WITH A SPORTS THEME ... ... $1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
BEST CARTOON (OPEN THEME) ... ... ... ... ... .$1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
BEST CARICATURE OF A FAMOUS PERSON ... $1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
BEST CATOON on the theme of SOCIAL MEDIA...$1000 Prize; $500 Merit Prize
From the winners of each Category, one entry will be Judged as the Rotary Cartoon of the Year, with an additional prize of a further $2000 (that is, a total of $3000 in Prize Money).
Interested? I KNOW you are! Next step is to read all the Rules and Entry Conditions and obtain the ever so important Entry Form. Get cracking! Entries close on Sunday June 12th.
The Entry Form (and Rules and Entry Conditions) are all available by Clicking Here!
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Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.