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Draw attention to impunity: IFEX launches editorial cartoon contest

im·pu·ni·ty \ im-'pyü-nə-t\ n. without punishment, without consequences

Journalists, photographers, musicians, writers, human rights defenders and others continue to be sued, threatened, attacked and even murdered with impunity in countries like Mexico, Russia, Iraq and Somalia for simply practicing their right to free expression. In our free expression community, impunity consistently ranks among the top concerns and remains a global issue that has defied all borders and political structures.

Help us draw the world's attention by creating an editorial cartoon about impunity.

Some will be featured on the International Day to End Impunity website, and the top three winners will receive cash prizes.

The fine print

What can I win?
First prize: $700 CDN
Second prize: $200 CDN
Third prize: $100 CDN

As well, your name and cartoon will be featured on the International Day to End Impunity website.

Who can participate?
There are no restrictions on who can participate in this competition – it is open to participants of all ages, professional and amateur cartoonists. Submissions must be work original to the artist.

How do I participate?
All cartoons must be submitted by email to contest (@) along with your name, address, email and phone number. (This information is for administrative purposes only - please note that entries will be judged blind.)

What are the guidelines?
Submissions should depict the theme of impunity in some way, and may include different sizes of cartoons – single panel, a strip, or a two-tier strip. Submissions must be static images with no Flash or other animation.
Files must be submitted in .jpeg format. Minimum resolution of 300 dpi and dimensions of 600 pixels wide and 400 pixels high (must be suitable for printing). Please hang on to the originals! We may ask for them later.

Pictures speak louder than words. Since this is a global competition, submissions must not include any text. The message conveyed in the cartoon should be obvious regardless of language.

IFEX assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. IFEX is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for entries is midnight EST on 4 November 2012. Winners will be revealed on the International Day to End Impunity website on the actual day (23 November).

How will my cartoon be judged?
A selection of the top submissions meeting contest criteria will be posted on the International Day to End Impunity Facebook page. Members of the public will be invited to vote on the cartoons from 7-19 November. The public's top 10 cartoons (as determined by the number of "likes" the cartoon receives on our Facebook page) will make up the shortlist, from which judges from the IFEX Clearing House and Cartoonist Rights Network International will select the three winners.

Anything else I should know?
By participating in this competition you allow IFEX and /or any of its members the right to reproduce and publish your submissions online and in print. This use includes, but is not limited to website, IFEX social media, and other publications and resources. Any material used by IFEX or its members shall carry the artist's credit line.

More questions?
Send us an e-mail us at contest (@)

About IFEX
The International Freedom of Expression based in Toronto, Canada, is the most extensive community of leaders defending and promoting freedom of expression around the world. We share content, analysis and tools on free expression cases and trends, campaign on critical issues, and support collaboration to increase our members' effectiveness.

More about the International Day to End Impunity
IFEX chose 23 November - symbolic because it's the anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, the single deadliest day for journalists in recent history - as the International Day to End Impunity. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness and showcase the work of organisations working for justice for those being persecuted for practising their right to freedom of expression. This is the campaign's second year.

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