Dale Cummings of St. Thomas is a winner of the 2013 Cartoon competition of the Canadian Comittee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF)

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Journalists prove that free speech can survive hard times

Today is World Press Freedom Day.

Winners of the 2013 Cartoon competition of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) have been announced with the top prize going to Leslie Ricciardi of Uruguay, second spot to Dale Cummings of Canada, and third to Peter Chmela of Slovakia.

The theme for the 13th International Editorial Cartoon Competition was: Hard times and free speech:

“When journalists and cartoonist face economic uncertainty or threats to their employment, there is great pressure to give up on tackling tough stories, give in to self-censorship or give attention to sensationalist journalism in the service of commercial sustainability. But can free speech survive hard times?”

As a condition of this competition, the cartoon creators have granted the CCWPF and media outlets the right to publish them on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and in support of its free speech principles.

First Prize:

Leslie Ricciardi (Uruguay)

Leslie Ricciardi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1961. Winner of countless cartooning prizes, his work has been published in the daily “El Païs” (Montevideo) and “La Nacion” (Buenos Aires). He divides his time between Spain and Uruguay because his family and work are in both countries.

The first prize cartoon wins $1500 (Cdn) plus a certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and one from the CCWPF.

Second Prize:

Dale Cummings (Canada)

Dale Cummings was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada in 1947. He studied animation and illustration at Sheridan College in Oakville and freelanced animation and illustration in Toronto from the early ‘70s until 1982. Editorial cartoonist for the Winnipeg Free Press from 1982 until 2012, he is now freelance.

The second place cartoon wins a prize of $750 plus a certificate from the CCWPF.

Third Prize:

Peter Chmela (Slovakia/Slovaquie)

Peter Chmela is a graphic designer based in Bratislava, Slovakia, who works for clients in the cultural and social field.

He was born in the small town of Dunajska Streda in 1984. During his graphic design studies in Zlin, Czech Republic, he participated in an internship at the R2 studio in Porto, Portugal. After his studies, he worked for his graphic design hero, Stefan Sagmeister, in his studio in New York.

The third place cartoon wins a prize of $500 plus a certificate from the CCWPF


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