I received word today that this cartoon won a Ranan Lurie Citation for Excellence Award from the United Nation’s Correspondence Association. Quite a mouthful, but a great honour to be lumped among some of the world’s best editorial cartoonists. I never win anything… so this is very nice.
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Spectator cartoonist wins prestigious international award
The Hamilton Spectator (Jan 3, 2007)
Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay has been honoured for political satire by the United Nations Correspondents Association.
MacKay, whose works have pricked Spectator readers’ consciences and often tickled their funny bones for 10 years, has been chosen one of the association’s 2006 winners of the prestigious Ranan Lurie Political Cartooning Award.
MacKay, the only Canadian in the international winners’ circle, was awarded a citation of excellence for his entry. First place went to Alfredo Sabat of La Nacion in Argentina. Cartoonists from the U.S., France, Australia, Brazil, Greece and China were honoured.
“It’s great to be in the company of these guys,” MacKay said.
“We’re really lucky to have Graeme here with us,” said Spectator Opinions Editor Kevin Cavanagh.
“When it comes to opinion, writers might have a whole column to make their points but it is entirely different for a visual satirist,” said Cavanagh.
“He has to push a lot of emotional buttons in one panel.”