Young Cartoonist of the Year 2013

October 3, 2013 in Events, General, News


Will McPhail cartoon

© Will McPhail cartoon

We are particularly pleased to say that one of our members has won the annual award although none of our membership were too surprised.

Hearty congratulations go to Will McPhail who secured the under 30 years prize from our friends at the British Cartoonists’ Association and The Cartoon Museum.

Harry McSweeney carried off the under 18 years prize for this natty observation on the human condition.

Cartoon: Harry McSweeney Young cartoonist of the Year 2013

© Harry McSweeney Young cartoonist of the Year 2013

Harry told us:

He was especially chuffed that he had beaten such a lot of entries and the £250 was the icing on the cake. The congratulations letter from Martin Rowson really appealed to Harry’s sense of humour. He was made to feel very special at the awards ceremony and he enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame. He appreciated the advice he received from the professional cartoonists, mostly  to keep on drawing! He especially took on board the advice from Will McPhaill who having made it as an artist/cartoonist which would be Harry’s dream job. They shared a comedy moment on the podium with a mix up with winners certificates (Harry feeling he had the better deal receiving the Under 30 certificate which will last him another 16 years!)

This whole experience has definitely boosted his confidence and encouraged him to keep on drawing.As one former Punch cartoonist told him getting in to bother at school for doodling, never did him any harm! 

It’s good to see our fine old trade being renewed in this way and so we also tip our hats to the Spectator magazine which has also dipped a toe in the murky waters of running cartoon competitions. This undertaking is supported by John Lobb, the bootmaker which may be handy in the event of an online kicking.

If you would like some evidence about the challenges of running a public competition, you can read all about Cartoon Idol of recent years past or some lively public comment about the Spectator’s latest prize offering over at the public forum of the Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain.

5 responses to Young Cartoonist of the Year 2013

  1. There is indeed a “lively” debate about Herr Heath over in CCGB land, much of it suggesting that the Speccie cartoon editor is a rather sour, perhaps embittered gent. I don’t know, I’ve never met him, and I tend not to send to the Speccie after a couple of casual, scrawly rejections received many months after sending. Two of the drawings in those batches have since sold through the estimable Mr Beetles – for a lot more than the Speccie pays.

    Given Mr Heath’s [apparent] world-weary cynicism, his heart is probably not really in the magazine’s cartoon competition. That’s being run by a more enthusiastic person, perhaps.

    I also notice that a couple of CCGB comments bracket Heath and Hislop together. I wonder if they get on ? There’s a difference though, inasmuch as Hislop publishes some of the funniest stuff around right alongside very weak stuff, making his take on what constitutes a publishable cartoon rather wider than Heath’s. And like him [or his manufactured image] or not, Heath IS a splendid cartoonist.

    Earlier in this particular Blogthread I read fellow PCO member Martin Rowson’s opinions about dinners in Soho hosted by Heath which, for me at least, underlines yet again, the precious, Londoncentric, head-up-arse approach of aspiring intellectuals and what a bitchy world they live in.

  2. Okay, it’s getting a little tedious now.It’s been a week since the results were meant to be given, the Under 30 Winner has come out but not the Under 18 Winner! I’ve been checking everywhere for the results but can’t find them. Either they haven’t been uploaded yet, or they’re hidden on the Internet somewhere.Either way, I’d like to see them soon as I entered this competition (Under 18’s) and I don’t know who came where. If it does exist somewhere, put a link in the comments perhaps?Thanks

  3. God, did I say that stuff about Heath’s soirees out loud? Well, what the hell. Just for the record, it should be known that Heath and Hislop hate each other with an intensity seldom witnessed in this dimension, so somehow or other the Karma probably balances itself out. Hislop also hates me, specifically for a cartoon I once drew of him in The Mirror (it could’ve been a photograph), so it’s comforting to know he can take it as well as give it.Otherwise, hooray for Will McPhail, and also for the under 18 winner [still awaiting say so from his parents to publicise his 14 year-old name here, for obvious reasons, and thus far unforthcoming solely because M Buck misaddressed the email on the basis of false information provided by me – we’re being fastidious, though if you’re really interested go here

  4. That there David “Ziggy” Greene (Scene & Heard, “Private Eye”).He doesn’t see or hear much outside of London, does he?

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