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Indian Institute of Cartoonists is an organization, first of its kind in India, established with the aim of promoting the art of cartooning in the country. The Institute, based in Bangalore, aims to recognize talents in the field of cartooning and reward them, showcase and preserve their art for future generations, guide young and budding cartoonists and above all, popularize the art among the masses.

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MAYA KAMATH MEMORIAL AWARDS

FOR EXCELLENCE IN CARTOONING – 2011

INSTITUTED BY THE FAMILY OF LATE MAYA KAMATH

Category 1: Best Political Cartoon Award – 2011
1st Prize: Rs.25,000

2nd Prize: Rs.15,000

3rd Prize: Rs. 5,000

The competition is open to all cartoonists. Participants can send a maximum of three published political cartoons which have appeared in the print media between January 1 and December 31, 2011. Cartoons published in regional languages should be accompanied by an English translation of the text. The date and name of the publication in which the cartoon has appeared should be furnished.

Category 2: Best Budding Cartoonist Award – 2011

Prize : Rs. 10,000

Participants aged 25 years and younger as on January 1, 2012 can send their published/unpublished cartoons and caricatures (maximum of six) along with copies of the publication in which these have appeared (if any). Entries in regional languages should include an English translation of the text.

LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT 0F THE ENTRIES – MARCH 31, 2012.

Jury:

· Sri. Girish Karnad, noted playwright and actor,

· Sri. S.G. Vasudev, well known artist

· Sri. B. G. Gujjarappa, senior cartoonist.

Results will be announced in April 2012.

Award ceremony will be organized in May 2012, in Bangalore. All awardees will be invited to Bangalore to receive the Awards and given a citation along with a cash prize. An exhibition of select cartoons will be organized at the same time.

For rules and regulations of the competition: click here

Participants sending their entries by e-mail should note the following technical details: Size: 800 (pixels) x 1100 (pixels) with 200 dpi resolution, Image format: JPEG, TIFF or Bitmap. Colour System: RBG.

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All this requires enormous funds, perseverance and above all the goodwill and co-operation of the masses. It is no mean task to garner resources, in the form of people and money, to work towards this goal. We request Philanthropists, Corporates, Bankers, Industrialists, Businessman and Media Magnates to open their hearts and purses to further this cause. Spread the word around, the noble cause would surely do with large dose of media publicity. Be a part of movement. Any donation, sponsorship or membership in whatever measure is outmost welcome. We assure you that it is no mere charity; it is an involvement and investment that will stand in good stead for our children, their future and their freedom of expression. It is small tribute to the people who with their pen pepper the paper daily in an indomitable spirit of humour. A tribute to the people who put thought into our minds even as they put a smile onto our faces.