'Chronicle' cartoonist's work wins first place UN award

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 1:25 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 12:56 AM
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A political cartoon criticizing the United Nations’ handling of Syria, drawn by Augusta Chronicle cartoonist Rick McKee, won first place in the international organization’s annual awards.

McKee is the third American to win the The United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award and its $10,000 prize. This is the ninth year for the award, named for Lurie, a syndicated political cartoonist who worked for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Times of London and Life magazine.

The U.N. awarded three places and cited nine honorable mention for cartoons that reflect “the spirit and the principles of the United Nations.”

McKee said he was pleased the judges gave first place to a cartoon that criticized the organization.

“I think the judges are to be commended for that,” McKee said. “It shows that they are serious about awarding good work.”

Among the panel of judges were former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, actor Jeff Bridges and 42 U.N. ambassadors.

McKee finished in second place in 2011 and was given a citation for excellence last year.

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Jake
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Jake 12/16/13 - 02:05 pm
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Congrats, Rick

Definitely one of your better ones.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 12/16/13 - 03:43 pm
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We've known

for a long time that we have a gem in Rick McKee. It's nice to see him recognized for his work.

Congratulations Rick!

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 12/16/13 - 03:56 pm
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Ditto!

Always enjoy your work!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/16/13 - 06:30 pm
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Great Work

Great Talent

Please don't think about the BIG CITY job offers likely to come floating in.

You have a loving and respectful fan base here.

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TrulyWorried 12/16/13 - 07:36 pm
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UN Award!!

Yes Rick, indeed - please don't go anywhere - we need you here more than anyone can say! Congratulations on a more than well deserved 1st place award - should be given to you every year! Now I only hope that the money awarded is YOURS to keep! God bless you and your wonderful talent! And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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bubbasauce 12/16/13 - 09:49 pm
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Well deserved Rick! Awesome!

Well deserved Rick! Awesome!

Rick McKee
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Rick McKee 12/16/13 - 10:37 pm
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Thanks, y'all!

I really appreciate all the kind words!

deestafford
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deestafford 12/17/13 - 12:04 am
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We are so fortunate to have someone of Rick's talent....

We are so fortunate to have someone of Rick's talent to be here in Augusta. He is just one of the reasons the Augusta Chronicle is the great newspaper it is.

If there is such a thing as free agency in the political cartoonist world the AC had better get its check book our and start writing down some serious numbers with multiple zeroes on the line that has the dollar amount space. Whatever he's being paid now ain't enough. The cream has risen to the top.

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Riverman1 12/17/13 - 05:40 am
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A fantastic award

A fantastic award. There's a reason Rick is part of the Chronicle editorial staff. Brilliant work.

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jimmymac 12/17/13 - 06:53 am
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AWARD
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Congratulations Rick on your award. You've consistently shown your talent and it's wonderful that you've gotten such recognition. Now please don't abandon us folks in the CSRA.

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Truth Matters 12/17/13 - 09:42 am
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Congratulations Rick. Do you

Congratulations Rick.

Do you get to keep the whole $10k?
I hope so.
:-)

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