By Imogen Carfrae
The Australian Cartoonists Association gathered in Melbourne over the weekend to recognise the brightest of their numbers with the Stanley Awards — and lament the loss of cartoonists’ favorite Tony Abbott.
The Stanley Awards have been given out since 1985, honouring the artists that manage to put the content of 20 news stories and a few opinion pieces into a much smaller, and funnier, space.
Great minds think alike, and the voters named David Pope as the Cartoonist of the Year with the Gold Stanley, who is also a finalist for two Walkley categories, Cartoon and Artwork. Pope took the social media world by storm with his poignant reaction to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, as well as producing some masterpieces of the ever-providing Mr Abbott.
Also recognised was David Rowe of the Australian Financial Review, winning the Caricaturist award for 2015. Rowe has taken out the title in 10 previous years, and for good reason. He recently released an adult colouring book of his masterful work.
The Jim Russell Award for significant contribution to Australian cartooning was awarded to Stan Cross’ original cartoon, “For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious!”
The cartoon, created in 1933, inspired The Stanleys, and its two characters are featured in the Award’s trophies. The cartoon was considered lost for decades but resurfaced late last year in Sydney. It has found a new home in the National Library. This is the first time the award has been given to an inanimate object.
The Stanley Awards, in full, are as follows:
CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR (The Gold Stanley), sponsored by the Herald Sun
David Pope, from the Canberra Times. David took the social media world by storm with his poignant reaction to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
ANIMATION CARTOONIST, sponsored by The Bunker Cartoon Gallery
CARICATURIST, sponsored by The Australian
David Rowe, Australian Financial Review
COMIC BOOK ARTIST, sponsored by Supanova
COMIC STRIP CARTOONIST, sponsored by the Herald Sun
Gary Clark, Swamp
EDITORIAL/POLITICAL CARTOONIST, sponsored by Media Super
Christopher Downes, Hobart Mercury
ILLUSTRATOR, sponsored by Wacom
Pat Campbell, Canberra Times
SINGE GAG CARTOONIST, sponsored by Copyright Agency
Cathy Wilcox, Sydney Morning Herald
CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATOR, sponsored by the Walkley Foundation
Three cartoonists were also inducted into the Australian Cartoonists Hall Of Fame:
Emile Mercier (deceased)