Iran Embassy launches virtual COVID-19 cartoon festival competition

Written By: Hunja Macharia

The Embassy of Iran has organized a virtual Cartoon Festival Competition on Africa and COVID-19 for African and Iranian cartoonists.  

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Iran Ambassador to Kenya Jafar Barmaki says the competition targets those in quarantine by giving them an opportunity to send artistic messages on how to combat COVID 19.

African nationals and Iranians cartoonists will have an opportunity to showcase their works by participating in the African virtual cartoon festival on COVID 19 organized by the Embassy of Iran.

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Barmaki says the competition gives the youth an opportunity to pass messages on safe keeping during the pandemic.

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He said each cartoonist can send a maximum of 3 artworks to focusing on sanitization principles, family in quarantine, social distancing, sacrifice by health workers, humanitarian behavior of people, Government intervention, subsistence in COVID 19 pandemic, panic buying, myths and facts, Africa after COVID 19 among others.

The best artworks will be selected in two parts, one by public votes and another by the jury. The winner of the public vote will receive 300USD while the runners-up will receive 200 USD.

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The winner selected by the jury will receive 500USD, the 1st runners up will receive 400USD while the 2ND runners-up will receive 300USD.

The Ambassador further revealed that all entries will further receive a voucher to access free health services for 3 months at the 7 Red Crescent clinics in Africa. Participants must send their artworks to the secretariat by midnight 5th August 2020, while public voting will be held between 10th July 2020 and 17th August 2020 at the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Facebook page: @Iran.Kenya.

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The Jury selection will be announced on 19th August 2020 at Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy website:

The competition which is in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the East African Cartoonists’ Society will




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