London’s Cartoon Museum has announced the winners of the 27th Young Cartoonist of the Year competition.
Young Cartoonist of the Year is awarded by the The British Cartoonists’ Association, which is presented at the annual Cartoon Art Trust Awards, hosted by The Cartoon Museum. The museum, which displays British cartoons, caricatures and comic strips, is also owned and operated by the Cartoon Art Trust.
Originally set up as the ‘Mel Calman Young Cartoonist Competition’, in memory of the Times cartoonist and Cartoon Arts Trust founder, from 2001 it has been led by Guardian and Daily Mirror Cartoonist Martin Rowson, who recruited judges from each national newspaper.
For the 2022 awards, Harriet Bourhill was named 18-30 winner, Corb Calow Davies was named the under 18 winner, and George Whitehead was named the Woodcock Prize winner.
Each of the winners receives prize money and a certificate. The certificates will be presented to the winners at an event at The Cartoon Museum in March, alongside a display of the artwork winners and runners-up.
Director of The Cartoon Museum, Joe Sullivan said: “A huge congratulations to Harriet, Corb and George! This competition has a habit of unearthing the ‘next big thing’, and it is wonderful to see young artists picking up a pencil and drawing cartoons that make their way to the museum walls to sit alongside the titans of the art form.
“They are a true inspiration for the many young people that come through our doors to see talented and creative people their own age celebrated.”
Chair of the British Cartoonists Association, Nicola Jennings added: “The BCA are excited to be able to winkle out the new, young talent in a world where not just satire but anything funny is more than ever needed.
“There were many wonderful entries this year but it was the laugh out loud cartoons that won our final votes.”