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Mahmoud Kahil Award winners from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria

BEIRUT |, with agencies - January 29, 2016, 13h13

200 artists from 11 Arab countries entered the competition for the Mahmoud Kahil Awards with 900 works.

The Mahmoud Kahil Award is organized by the Mu’taz & Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative, an academic body based at the American University of Beirut (AUB). It aims to elevate and facilitate the research of Arabic comics and to promote the production, scholarship and teaching of comics.

During a ceremony held this Thursday evening at downtown Beirut’s BIEL, winners’ names were announced for the various categories under which 200 artists from 11 countries had submitted more than 900 works.

The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Lama Salam, wife of Prime Minister Taman Salam, AUB president Dr. Fadlo Khuri, and many officials and dignitaries, in addition to Nazmi and Dana Kahil, son and daughter of the late artist.

The winners received their awards from Initiative director Lina Ghaibeh. Amjad Rasmi, who works at the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, won a $10,000 prize. Egyptian nationals Ahmad Nadi, Dunia Maher and Janzir won a similar prize under the Graphic Novels category for their work, titled “في شقّة باب اللوق”. The $6,000 prize for the Comic Strips category went to Jordanian artist Mohammad al-Moati, whereas the $5,000 prize for the Graphic Illustrations/infographics category went to Lebanese artist Bahij Jaroudi. Another Lebanese national, Ezzat Hussein, won the $5,000 prize for the Children’s Book Illustrations category.

The Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame honorary award went to Syrian artist Lujayna al-Asil as a reward for her works in children’s book illustrations since 1969. The second honorary award went to the adult comic strip TokTok for its role in encouraging Comic Strips.
Dr. Khuri, Rada Sawwaf and Al-Hayat columnist and founding editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat Jihad El Khazen, all delivered addresses that stressed the importance of this Award with regard to promoting cartoons and comic strips in the Arab world and rewarding talents in this field, in addition to honoring late artist Mahmoud Kahil, who left his mark on editorial cartoons in the Arab world throughout his career spanning from 1956 until his death in 2003.

The same criteria adopted in the most important international competitions were also adopted at the various stages of Mahmoud Kahil Award.The jury was composed of Swiss cartoonist and comic strips artist Patrick Chappatte, Lebanon’s Habib Haddad from Al-Hayat, Jordan’s Imad Hajjaj and Egypt’s Magdy El Shafei. Other jury members include Jihad El Khazen, media director at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and editor-in-chief at Pulse Magazine Abdullah Sayel, and founder of the comic strip program at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts Michèle Standjofski.

50 artists were running under the Editorial Cartoons category compared to 25 under the Graphic Novels category, 42 under the Comic Strips category, 40 under the Graphic Illustrations/infographics category and 43 under the Children’s Book Illustrations category.

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