There is nothing wrong with prejudging. We all have prejudges.
Now and then we judge or comment the behaviour of others.
The haircut of the neighbours wife. The neighbour himself who is too fat. Their stupid and noisy children. We cherish our prejudges, as we do with our stereotypes. All French people wear a black beret, a baguette under the arm and a bottle of wine. British people drink tea the whole day and are carrying always an umbrella. The Spanish kills bulls and dances the flamenco.
Germans drink beer and wearing funny leather shorts. About Belgian people we say nothing today.
Stereotypes are based on behaviour, things we see, looks, exteriors. Or on things we believe to see. They simplify reality. Some clothes tells us about religions. We make conclusions. We find them absurd or strange. A nun looks like a penguin. An Arab backpacker is a terrorist. A white American with a cowboy-hat is trigger-happy and they all have dental prostheses. Hells Angels are scary. A negro has white teeth and loves bananas. Mexicans have big hats and are lazy. Nothing wrong with stereotypes. WE create our own image, our own reality. And so do cartoonists. They make jokes about it.
But also with a reason. To show us that there is a thin line from stereotype and prejudge to discrimination and racism.
What’s the difference between gypsy’s with their caravans or holiday-makers with their camper. A punker with funny hair, a pop star with a cap or a woman with a turban?
As we accept all those prejudges. And we take them as they are. We can laugh. And laugh again. It would make the world less hostile.
4 Special Mentions
Graham Fowell (Great Britain)
Andrea Pecchia (not present) (Italy)
Pete Dredge ( collected by Jill Kearny) (Great Britain)
Constantin Pavel ( collected by Irina Licurici) (Romania)
Tulp Prize (Jan Zandstra) (Netherlands)
Kever Prize (Stefaan Provijn) (Belgium)
FECO Prize (George Licurici) Romania
3rd Prize: Sergey Sichenko (Israel)
2nd Prize: Mark Baars (Netherlands)
1st Prize: Constantin Sunnerberg COST (Belgium)
Special honourable Award: MARKIEZENHOF AWARD
After seventeen Dutch Cartoon festivals successfully organized in respectively Amstelveen (5x), Hilversum (1x), Amsterdam (1x), Eindhoven (6x) and Bergen op Zoom (3x), the Dutch Cartoon Association has chosen for the city of Bergen op Zoom as its permanent residence with a biennial in the cartoon museum.
Every two year the Dutch cartoon festival will be held in the Historical Centre Het Markiezenhof.In the last competition in 2011, more than 2500 cartoons from 48 countries were received.
For the 18th Festival in 2013 there were ± 2000 cartoons received. The best 100 cartoons were chosen by an international jury and the prize-winners were invited to be present at the opening ceremony on April 14.
All 100 cartoons will be shown until October 27st 2013 at the Het Markiezenhof Address: Steenbergsestraat 8, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands