Rotary Cartoon Awards

Welcome to the 34th Rotary Cartoon Awards.  This competition is open to all cartoonists, both professional and enthusiasts, with up to 3 entries in each of the six categories.  The Special Theme category this year is It's a Mad, Mad WorldOther categories are:

Best Cartoon: Political Theme | Open Theme | Sporting Theme

Best Caricature of a Well-know Person

Best Comic Strip

Once again the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour has kindly donated prize money and trophies for all prize winners! We extend our thanks for the ongoing support from the club for the past 33 years. Their generosity has helped ensure this great event continues to recognise the incredible talent of our cartoonists as well as bringing the cartooning community together.

One outstanding entry will be awarded the Cartoon of the Year with a grand prize of $500. Each category winner and merit awardee will receive prizes of $350 and $200 respectively. 

Once again we have our online entry system making it easy to submit your entries. Contact the Gallery staff if you have any issues.

Please read the Conditions of Entry below before proceeding with your entry.



2021 Cartoon of the Year: Nuts by David Rowe

About the competition

The Rotary Cartoon Awards (RCA) is an Australia-wide competition run by the National Cartoon Gallery. The RCA's is highly regarded by those in the industry and is supported by the Australian Cartoonists' Association. The aim of the Awards is to promote and support the cartooning industry and its artists. The RCA commenced in 1989 as an initiative of the Coffs City Rotary Club and, together with valuable community support, the event is now one of the most important cartoon awards in the country.

Known as the ‘Spiritual home of cartooning in Australia’, The National Cartoon Gallery is a not-for-profit registered charity housed in an original underground WWII bunker in Coffs Harbour. Entries from the annual competition help grow the gallery's collection which is now over 24,000 cartoons. 

Our recent transformation paves the way for the Gallery to become the go-to destination on the Coffs Coast and a major Australian cultural attraction. It is also the only Cartoon Gallery in Australia. We will continue to give Australian cartoonists a platform as well as to showcase Australian cartooning history for generations to come.

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Conditions of Entry

There is a limit of 3 entries for each person per category, however, there is no limit to the number of categories you may enter. The entry fee is $20 per category for up to 3 entries in that category. Payment will be accepted through EFT, Paypal, Cheque or in person at the gallery. Works must fit within either A3 or A4 parameters (gallery framing requirement). Entries must not have previously been entered in the Rotary Cartoon Awards but may have been published elsewhere. All selected works will be matted and framed by the gallery for exhibition.

COPYRIGHT: Entrants retain the copyright of their entered works however the gallery is permitted to reproduce the works in catalogue form for future exhibitions. The image may be used in full or part thereof for promotional material and publications for the gallery. The gallery may also sell copyright marked prints, for the purpose of raising funds to support the future Rotary Cartoon Awards. Sale cartoons are printed in A3 or A4 as appropriate, on a 200gsm card at 600 x 600 dpi photo quality setting using a Canon Image Runner Advance C5240 Printer (or better/equal equivalent). Further sales of prints online or on products other than prints are to be permitted only by prior agreement with the individual artist.

DIGITAL ENTRIES: All digital entry information is now entered through the new portal. Please supply files as a high quality JPG (A maximum of 40Mb per image). Please provide the title, a short description and whether the image should be A4 or A3 when uploading. Works will be printed on 200gsm card at 600 dpi photo quality printing.

HARDCOPY ENTRIES: Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and payment. If submitting multiple entries only one entry form is required. Entries will be accepted digitally, by post (PO Box 1483 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450) or hand-delivered to the gallery. Hard copy entries are retained by the gallery, however copyright remains vested in the original artist.

JUDGING: The organisers will appoint suitable judges. Judges will not be eligible to enter the competition. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be announced at the presentation evening at The National  Cartoon Gallery. Presentation evening details will be confirmed closer to the date pending COVID-19 restrictions. All entrants will be advised via email prior to the event.

Entry does not guarantee that your work will be on display during the exhibition. Entry to the Awards will be taken as an agreement to accept these conditions. (Issue Date: 20 July 2021)