Thursday, April 8, 2021

The 21st World Press Freedom Canada International Editorial Cartoon Competition


1. The theme for the 21th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:


Censorship, shaming and disinformation on social media  


Social media and its algorithms can spare us from being confronted with contrary opinions, creating echo chambers for our own points of views.

The proliferation of disinformation has turned debates into fights where dialogue is no longer possible, and unpopular opinions are shouted down or cancelled out.

It leaves journalists operating in an environment where facts are often subordinated to lies and propaganda spread online. 

As the siege on Capitol Hill has demonstrated, moderating social media is no longer a luxury.

2. Three prizes will be awarded: a first prize of $1500 plus a Certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, a second prize of $750 and a third prize of $500. All sums are in Canadian dollars. Ten additional cartoons will receive an Award of Excellence, which are not remunerated.

3. Only one cartoon must be submitted by each participant. It may be either in colour or black and white but must not have won an award previously.

4. The size of the cartoon should not exceed A4 (21 x 29.2 cm) or 8.5 x 11 inches, and should be in jpeg or pdf format at 300 dpi.

5. The name, address, telephone number and a short biography of the participant must be included in the submission.

6. World Press Freedom Canada reserves the right to use the winning cartoons for promotion of the Cartoon Competition.

7. The winners of the Cartoon Competition will be announced on World Press Freedom Day on Monday May 3, 2021 and will be advised by e-mail.

8. The winner’s names and their cartoons will be posted on our website.

9. The deadline for reception of the cartoon is midnight (Eastern Daylight Saving Time), Friday, April 9, 2021.

Send submission by e-mail to:

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