Humor Art Museum Director, Isel Chacon, said that this year’s competition is calling cartoonists from all over the world to “think and draw for tomorrow,” as the event’s theme will be focusing on opposing war and the struggle for the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the US.
The Biennial’s jury will be made of comedy writers who will chose winners in the categories of general humor, political satire, comic strips, personal caricature and humorous photography. The jury will also grant the competition’s most important award, the Eduardo Abela Prize, to honor Cuban humorist and painter Eduardo Abela (1889-1965).
For the first time, the Biennial will award the Tomy Online Prize, in memory of Cuban cartoonist Tomas Rodríguez Zayas, nicknamed Tomy, who passed away last year. The Prize will be awarded to the work that better shows the economic, financial, and trade blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.