Saturday, January 09, 2010

ಪಲಿತಾಂಶ ...!?


Indian Institute of Cartoonists is pleased to announce the results of the National & International Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi Caricature contest organised recently in collaboration with Sri.V.R. Deshpande Memorial Trust. We are overwhelmed by the amazing and encouraging response from cartoonist’s world over. We had received a total of 625 entries for the contest, which is beyond our expectation. We thank all the participants for making the contest all the success.

The Jury members had a very tough time to evaluate the best caricatures for the prizes. They have selected the following six best caricatures from each section


Manmohan Singh Caricature Contest

1st Prize (Rs.1,00,000/-) Mr. Vahid Jafari, Tehran City, IRAN.

2nd Prize (Rs.50,000/-) Mr. Salam Mohammadi, Kurdistan Province, IRAN

3rd Prize (Rs.10,000/-) Mr. Sandeep Adhwaryu, Outlook, New Delhi, INDIA.

3 Consolation Prizes

(Rs.5000/- each) Mr. Alan Souto Maior, BRAZIL.

Mr. Junior Lopes, BRAZIL

Mr. Prasant Nair, Bangalore, INDIA.

Sonia Gandhi Caricature Contest

1st Prize (Rs.1,00,000/-) Mr.B.N. Biswal, Nagpur, INDIA

2nd Prize (Rs.50,000/-) Mr. Satish Sringeri, Bangalore, INDIA.

3rd Prize (Rs.10,000/-) Mr. Valentin Georgien, BULGARIA

3 Consolation Prizes

(Rs.5000/- each) Mr. Ravi Pujari, Bangalore, INDIA

Mr. Rituparno Maity, Howrah, West Bengal, INDIA.

Mr. Shankar Pamarthy, Hyderabad, INDIA.

Opinion of the Jury members

The entries received for the caricature contest were in two types, one was in the original and the other was the digital images sent by e-mail.

The Jury did not make any distinction between the types of entries or in the medium chosen or the sizes in which they were made.

The only criteria was how well the participants had drawn the caricatures of Manmohan singh and Sonia Gandhi.

Although most of the works had political comments included, it was decided that only the physical resemblance and the caricature part should be considered. The selected entries were decided exclusively for caricature and not the political comment.

It was a revelation as to how many different types of methods could be used for caricature. Some of them had oil on canvas, some were water colours, some were simple pencil sketches, and some were digitally drawn and painted. Some designed the caricatures with tools from Photoshop. The predominant number of entries had used digital imaging techniques for their works.

It was not mentioned in the contest about the use of photographs for the caricatures. The international cartoons which were quite overwhelming for this contest, for the major part had used the google approach, and used the images which were digitally altered for the caricature. The jury was of the opinion, that this would not give a level playing field for the other caricaturists, but still, considering the talent and ultimate aim of producing a good work, it was accepted in exceptional cases.

The Jury would suggest that in future contests, such a distinction has to be made and the entries to be considered separately.

Broadly, the works were considered on the basis of originality, technique and the idea. It was indeed a pleasure to see the works from all over the globe like USA, Brazil, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, China, Iran, Serbia etc.

The members of Jury

Justice M.N. Venkatachalaiah, Former Chief Justice of India.

Prof.V.G. Andani, Noted Artist.

Sri. Keshav, Well-known Cartoonist.

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