Katara-the Cultural Village Foundation has announced the winners of the Katara Prize for Cartoon, which was held from June 20 to August 15 this year. The contest included two categories -- working from home and homeschooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. A third category was created for which Qatari cartoonists competed to highlight their talents.
A virtual exhibition will be held featuring the 15 best paintings, and a book on the art of caricature in Qatar will later be launched on its twitter account during the next book fair. The book is a historical account of the progress of this art in Qatar, in addition to its most famous pioneers.
Katara announced the names of the Katara Prize for Cartoon winners on its Twitter account. Seven participants won out of 506 male and female contestants, including 262 in the homeschooling category and 244 in the working from home segment.
In the working from home category, Ibrahim Saleh Mohamed al-Sayed from Egypt won first place, while Ali Ganat from Iran came second and Rizal Adnan from Indonesia finished third.
As for the homeschooling category, Naji Binaji from Morocco won the first place, followed by Tommy Thomedian from Indonesia in second and Jeremiah Correa from the Philippines in third. The first-place winner got $5,000, the second-place winner $4,000 and third-place winner $3,000 in each of the two categories. Fine artist Saeeda Abdul Aziz Jassim al-Badr won in the Qatari talent category. The winner got $5,000.
The launch of the Katara Prize for Cartoon came in the light of the precautionary measures taken to combat the spread of Covid-19, including the policy of social distancing and one of its key manifestations -- the adoption of homeschooling and working from home. The choice of these two topics for the prize is considered a referendum on homeschooling and working from home, helping ascertain the public opinion on these two systems, considering that the art of cartoon reflects public trends.