Drawing for Freedom

Editorial cartoons cannot exist without freedom. Cartoonists use freedom to mock those in power and to address the wrongs in society. We also believe that editorial cartoons are an essential element in preserving democracy. Or at least, that cartoons contribute to freedom.

In April 2016, we partnered with Dutch NGO Switch in organizing a cartoon competition for students from 12 to 21 years old. The competition challenged the students to make a cartoon about one the four freedoms of President Roosevelt.

Our editor Tjeerd Royaards gave a series of cartoon workshops in March and April at 12 schools in the south of the Netherlands, explaining why it is important to make cartoons about these freedoms. Cartoons make people think, and thinking is the first step towards finding a solution for these problems.

177 cartoons were sent in for the competition. The best 40 cartoons were exhibited at the Freedom Festival Zeeland on May 5th, 2016. The jury gathered here to select 15 cartoons to be included in the exhibition of the Dutch Cartoon Festival and to pick three winners. Read more about this project, and see the winning cartoons on our blog.