Canberra’s own David Pope named Cartoonist of the Year!

While the rest of us in Canberra celebrated the Impact Comics Festival, the cream of Australia’s cartoonists gathered in Melbourne for the annual Stanley Awards. And Canberra Times cartoonists David Pope and Pat Campbell both took home gongs!
Here’s the official word from the Australian Cartoonists Association…


2015 STANLEY AWARDS

The Australian Cartoonists Association is proud to announce the winners at the 31st Stanley Awards at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The dinner event capped off a busy two-day conference where cartoonists from around the country to talk shop and lament the demise of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

The Stanley Awards are as follows:

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR (The Gold Stanley)
David Pope  – from the Canberra Times. David took the social media world by storm with his poignant reaction to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.

David Pope on Twitter

Can’t sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/LqIMRCHPgK


ANIMATION CARTOONIST
Matt Bissett-Johnson

CARICATURIST
David Rowe (Australian Financial Review)

COMIC BOOK ARTIST
David Follett

COMIC STRIP CARTOONIST
Gary Clark (Swamp)

EDITORIAL/POLITICAL CARTOONIST
Christopher Downes (Hobart Mercury)

ILLUSTRATOR
Pat Campbell (Canberra Times)

SINGE GAG CARTOONIST
Cathy Wilcox (Sydney Morning Herald)

CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR
Leigh Hobbs

Three cartoonists were also inducted into the Australian Cartoonists Hall Of Fame:

Emile Mercier
Ron Tandberg
Vane Lindsay

The JIM RUSSELL AWARD for significant contribution to Australian cartooning was awarded to Stan Cross’ original “For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious!” cartoon.

Created in 1933 this cartoon is the inspiration behind The Stanleys and its two characters are featured in the Stanley Award trophies.

The cartoon was considered lost for decades with cartoonists and historians searching high and low until late last year where it was “re-discovered” in Sydney. The artwork is now in the hands of the National Library. It is the first time an award has been given to an inanimate (but deserving) object.