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Cartoonathon: Youth Dialogue on Social Media

Environment Themed Cartoon of a small fish being eaten by a larger fish, itself being eaten by an even larger fish, which is itself being enveloped by a plastic carrier bag

What’s on offer?

The event will include a 3-week long take-over between 3 - 26 November of the Instagram account of our partner organisation, Shout Out UK. The take-over will involve posts of cartoons, Instagram lives with professional cartoonists, and cartooning tutorials, in collaboration with Cartooning for Peace. This will culminate in a cartoon competition for 15-25 year-olds: there will be three parallel competitions, one responding to each core theme (environment, inequality, and the pandemic), and each with a prize of a £50 gift card. Cartoons will be judged by a group of professional cartoonists and a winner will be announced on the final day of the campaign. Submissions can be made by emailing with the subject line Cartoonathon Submission or by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #SOUKCartoonathon no later than midnight on 25 November. Winners will be announced w/c 29 November.

What’s it about?

Whether you’re a cartooning novice or an experienced comic artist, if you’re 15-25 years old the cartoonathon is a great opportunity to share your own social and political opinions via the medium of political cartoons. Get involved and influence the debates that directly impact young people today: environmental awareness, social inequalities, and the COVID-19 pandemic! We're providing you with the tools and a platform to really engage with social issues - read, understand, and create - through the medium of political cartoons. 

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Kara Blackmore, Research Associate at University of Leicester; Sarah Weidman, Research Associate at University of Leicester; Dr James Illingworth, Research Associate at University of Leicester. In association with Shout Out UK, Cartooning for Peace, and the Cartoon Museum.

Open to

Open to anyone on Instagram! Though participation in the competition restricted to 15-25 year-olds

Of particular interest to

Of particular interest to young people (15-25 year-olds)

Event Booking details

Follow @shoutoutuk_official on Instagram to see what's happening. To enter the cartoon competition: Post on Instagram using the hashtag #SOUKCartoonathon or email with subject line ‘Cartoonathon Submission’. Deadline 28th November.

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