Jerusalem, Israel - Jan. 8, 2018 - On Sunday evening, January 7, 2018, at the Dwek Gallery, Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem, Israel, awards were presented to Israeli teens who participated in an special arts competition, entitled Cartoon - Criticism - Care.
The competition, sponsored by the Jerusalem Press Club (JPC) and the Israeli Cartoon Museum in Holon, with world-renowned cartoonists judging, resulted in an exhibition displaying the best 25 cartoons. The gallery opening event, where winners were presented cash prizes, was also the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The Paris Hyper Macher victims were also remembered and mentioned by head Judge Michel Kichka in his opening remarks.
The theme of this year’s competition was Fake News. In social media, as well as in some of the traditional media, stories which have no basis in facts are being shared. "A new, alarming pair of words – “alternative facts” – threaten to undermine good old journalism," states the JPC website with information for the teen artists. All Israeli high school students aged 13-17 were eligible to enter. Approximately 100 students from 100 schools submitted drawings.
First prize of NIS 3,000 was given to Yonatan Shuqrun for his cartoon "Fake Reality" which criticizes use of social media, especially Twitter, by politicians.
Criticisms of current issues were dealt with great insight. One artist stated,"The world media distorts our daily life experience...this sheer distortion of reality...promotes a negative image of Israel." Both world and local politics, and women's issues were topics of the drawings.
Proud parents and siblings were in the audience, along with a few teachers and principals, observing and recording the awards.
Speakers included JPC Director General Uri Dromi, Israeli Cartoon Museum's Amnon Zilber.
Also included in photo essay, talented teen winners who came from many parts of Israel to attend, and a selection of works and captions.