DCMF Cartoon Contest

To mark the World Press Freedom Day, which takes place on 3 May 2013, the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) has organised a cartoon photo contest, DCMF World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest. The centre opens submissions to cartoon artists from all over the world to join the contest, depicting the theme of ‘Media Freedom’.

For World Press Freedom Day in 2013, the DCMF World Press Freedom Cartoon Contest will honour the bravery and creativity of courageous cartoonists and journalists who use their work to battle against restrictions imposed on the media and society in general.

All submissions must be sent to [email protected] by 1 April 2013 at  11:59 PM AST. Winners will be notified via email by 20 April 2013.

What are the prizes?

  • Cash prizes of US $1500, US $1000 and US $800 will be awarded to the three top-placed cartoons on 3 May 2013.
  • Selected cartoons will be exhibited during the World Press Freedom Day celebrations.

About the DCMF

Based in Qatar, the DCMF is a non-profit organisation working for the improvement of freedom of the press and the quality of journalism in Qatar, the Middle East and other parts of the world. The centre was formally created in December 2007 by the Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani but began operating in October 2008.

About World Press Freedom Day

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who’ve lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. 3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993.

For more information, visit DCMF’s website!

Only a few parts of the world enjoy the freedom of the press or media. It’s safe to say that Qatar is not one of those countries. However, Qatar has climbed seven slots from being placed at number 121 in the Reporters Without Borders annual Press Freedom Index in 2010 to 114 in the 2011/2012 Press Freedom Index – probably because Qatar is home to Al Jazeera Network and the Doha Centre for Media Freedom.