The name Sintra fills me with a lot of warm feelings. The event World Press Cartoon is the source of most of them. That I happen to win, for the second time, one of their awards is of course a reason for this. But I think the meetings with all these fabulous colleagues from around the world is what influenced me most of all over time. Cartoonists may be, satirical, sarcastic, ironic whatsoever in their professional attitude, but in meetings between colleagues it is usually the friendship and the mutual appreciation which is most appearing. Often the friendship continues via email, Facebook or in other ways.
What makes the competition WPC particularly important is that the images has not been drawn just for the exhibition or the competition, but rather is a selection of the cartoons published in newspapers and magazines over the past year. This helps in the long run to a raise the quality of daily cartoons in the press around the world. But in addition, it represents the level of the freedom of speech in the world, and becomes a democracy test. Personally, I see this as an extremely important result of such a worldwide competition as WPC.
On the Photo Egil (Norway) and Ares (Cuba) Grand Prix winners of the festival joking a fight about their prize.
Riber Hansson, Editorial cartoonist, Sweden