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Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 14:11 GMT
Bang! Cartoon winners announced
Dave Gaskill of the Sun was runer-up in the political cartoonist of the year category
Dave Gaskill of the Sun was honoured
Britain's top cartoonists were honoured at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.

The awards honour the best cartoons, seen in newspapers and magazines, and on advertising hoardings.


UK cartoonists don't get enough recognition and these are the only awards specifically to honour their contribution to the nation's sanity

Paul Gravett, Cartoon Arts Trust

Top political cartoonist was Martin Rowson, whose work appears in the Guardian. The Sun's David Gaskill was runner-up.

Meanwhile, Charles Griffin was named best caricaturist for his illustrations in The Sun and The Mirror. Second prize went to Jonathan Wateridge of the Spectator.

The winners were chosen by a celebrity panel, among them Julia Somerville, Kenneth Baker, Professor David Starkey and comedian Arnold Brown.

Paul Gravett, project director of the Cartoon Arts Trust, said: "UK cartoonists don't get enough recognition and these are the only awards specifically to honour their contribution to the nation's sanity."

Jury member Arnold Brown said the social commentary in cartoons was under-valued.

Julia Somerville
Julia Somerville was a judge

In part, he said, this was because Britons tended to regard cartooning as a pastime rather than a vocation.

He said: "Punch has gone downhill - there's no place for good, biting humour except in the quality dailies and the Spectator and New Statesman.

"There are good social commentary cartoonists around, but only in magazines with a relatively small readership.

"We need something like the New Yorker, where cartoonists are given a [bit of] dignity and respect."

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