Beirut- Egyptian caricaturist Doaa Al-Adl won the Mahmoud Kahil Award for political caricature, becoming the first woman to clinch this award since it was established in 2014.
In a press conference held at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the winners of Mahmoud Kahil Caricature Award -organized under the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative for the second year in row – were announced.
Lina Ghaibe, the initiative’s director, made the announcement of the winners in the prize winning categories, which included 356 works from 12 Arab countries, with Syria, Palestine and Morocco participating for the first time.
Two honorary prizes were also awarded during the event to Lebanese painter Habib Haddad from Al-Hayat Newspaper and the founders of Cairo Comics Festivals.
As for the five main prizes, the first place went to Adl from Almasry Alyoum newspaper for three of her political cartoons on refugees, terrorism, and the liberty of expression; the second place went to Lebanese Fouad Mezher for one of his graphic novels “Fifth Grade…Back to Motherland”; While Tunisian Othman Selmi clinched the third prize.
Ghaibe said the event is set to be organized every year. She added that works participating at this year’s Mahmoud Kahil Award covered varied subjects, which often reflected the political crises in the Arab region.
The initiative’s director told Asharq Al-Awsat that female participation left a big mark this year, mainly in categories of children comic books and political caricature.
Ghaibe considered the participation of citizens from unstable Arab countries like Syria, Iraq and Yemen enriched the event, which motivated participants from these states for more creativity despite the painful circumstances they live in.