Rob Murray shortlisted for Cartoonist of the Year

© Rob Murray

PCO member Rob Murray has been shortlisted for Cartoonist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards, for his work as regular topical cartoonist for the Press and Journal — Scotland’s best-selling and oldest broadsheet newspaper.

Rob draws two cartoons a week for the P&J, appearing every Wednesday and Saturday. Major geopolitical events in the last year — from the Brexit vote to the election of President Trump — have also led the paper to commission Rob to produce additional large-scale editorial cartoons and gag spreads.

This is Rob’s third nomination for Cartoonist of the Year. “I’ve attended the awards dinner on the past two occasions and while I wasn’t the winner on the night, it’s a great bash and a really good opportunity to celebrate newspaper journalism, as well as cartoons,” he says.

© Rob Murray

“Despite having a somewhat Celtic name, I’m from the south coast of England and based in London,” Rob adds. “That means I only ever really deal with the P&J remotely, so the awards are also a nice chance to catch up with colleagues from the paper.

“It would be great to win the award this year, and I’ll have my fingers crossed on the night — but I’m up against some strong competition.”

Rob’s fellow nominees for Cartoonist of the Year are Chris Cairns (Wings Over Scotland / Bella Caledonia and another PCO member), Steven Camley (The Herald), Greg Moodie (The National) and Brian Petrie (The Scottish Sun).

The Scottish Press Awards are now in their 38th year. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner in Glasgow on 11th May.

Aside from the P&J, Rob also draws regularly for The Sunday Times, Private Eye, and many other magazines and newspapers.

See more of his cartoons in his PCO portfolio.

© Rob Murray

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