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!
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.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he has been the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books