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

 

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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