Three Iranian artists have received top awards in different categories of the 2012 International Beggar Cartoon Contest held in China.
Nasrin Sheikhi won the Best Caricature Prize of the event, while Salam Mohammadi and Yousef Alimohammadi won special prizes, Mehr News Agency reported.Belgium’s Sunnerberg Constantin Cost topped the international contest and the second prize went to David Vela of Spain. Angel Boligan (Mexico), Figueroa Turcios (Spain) and Xia Lichuan (China) were among the jury members of this year’s contest. The event was organized by the 4th Red Man International Humor Art Biennial of China. The biennial also held an exhibition of cartoons about the recent earthquakes in Iran's East Azarbaijan Province, showcasing works by Iranian and international cartoonists. The exhibition displayed works by Ehsan Ganji, Jamal Rahmati and Alireza Pakdel of Iran as well as Chinese artist Hong Xue and Indonesian cartoonist Jitet Koestana. Two devastating earthquakes rocked Iran's northwestern province of East Azarbaijan, killing more than 300 people and injuring over 2,000 on August 11, 2012. TE/PKH