Editorial Cartoon Contest

United States

PMC conducted nationwide contests for the best published cartoons dealing with population-related issues in 2004 and 2005.

As part of PMC’s Issues Advocacy, PMC held contests for cartoons addressing population-related issues. PMC chose cartoons because of the firm belief, as demonstrated by PMC’s Whole Society Strategy, that it’s important to communicate in a number of ways. Editorial cartoons are an important mode of communication. Out of more than 150 entries each year, PMC’s judges narrowed down the submissions to find one powerful cartoon.

2004 Cartoon Contest Winner

Clay Bennet won the 2004 contest for his cartoon “Be Fruitful and Multiply, Now Divide.” He was a staff member for The Christian Science Monitor and had received numerous awards for his previous work. Our 2004 judges were cartoonists Edward Koren and Signe Wilkinson, Planned Parenthood Federation’s Vice President for International Programs Allie Stickney, Yale University Professor Robert Wyman, retired United Media Chairman Robert Metz, and former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm.

All of the 2004 finalists were displayed at the Global Health Conference in Washington DC and they were later displayed at the Firehouse Center for Visual Arts in Burlington, VT.

Ann Telnaes won the 2005 contest for her cartoon “Washington Fashion Week” about sex education, receiving the $7,000 grand prize. “Because of its ability to transcend language barriers and illiteracy, the editorial cartoon is a particularly powerful type of communication,” Tenaes said. “I’m sure I speak for my profession when I express my appreciation for PMC’s support in promoting the art of editorial cartooning.” Ann is a 2001 Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist. The 2005 judges were cartoonists Greg Evans, Rick Kirkman, and Rick Stromoski, population experts John Seager and Nancy Yinger.

The awards event for the 2005 contest was held in the Senate Environment Hearing Room in the Dirksen Building in Washington, DC with Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords speaking at the event.

PMC was pleased to partner with the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to publicize both contests to their members.


As part of PMC’s issues advocacy, PMC tries to raise awareness about the impact of the world’s increasing population.

Making a Difference

When PMC began the contest in 2004, it was the first one of its kind to be held since the 1970s. PMC featured the cartoons submitted in newsletters and public displays to raise awareness in the US about population growth, its causes, and its consequences. Based on the daily circulation figures of the publications just where the 2005 entries appeared, over 7.6 million Americans had the chance of seeing one of the entries.

Project Information

Title: 2004 and 2005 Editorial Cartoon Contest
Format: Issues Advocacy: Population
Location: United States
Language: English
Duration: Annually in 2004 and 2005

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