MONTREAL (Jul. 20)
A cartoon depicting Israeli soldiers tormenting Lebanese women and children was awarded the $5,000 Grand Prize at the 20th International Salon of Cartoons here yesterday. The drawing by Antonio Antunes Moreira of Portugal was chosen by five judges from 900 entries from more than 60 countries for its “immediate comment and visually arresting style.”
Robert Lapalm, director of the salon, noted that “it is a very controversial cartoon, to say the least.” Contest judge Terry Mosher, the Montreal Gazette’s editorial cartoonist, acknowledged the cartoon’s controversial content, but added that it was the most appropriate in light of the impact Israel’s invasion of Lebanone had on the world. Another judge, Roy Peterson, editorial cartoonist of the Vancouver Sun, said the judges had no better choice than Antunes Moreira’s entry.