Whilst most gala awards nights glitter and sparkle, Saturday night’s Stanley Awards for the Australian Cartoonists Association was festooned in lavish inks as Australia’s premier cartoonists gathered to celebrate not only their craft but an incredible year in Australian politics. With so much quality fodder from politics left and right, cartoonists were almost
buckling under the weight of gags.
“There’s been so much choice, we’ve actually been discarding high quality jokes in favour of better ones,” laughed Peter Broelman, a freelance editorial cartoonist and previous winner of Cartoonist of the Year. “We’ve been like kids in a candy store all year long.”
Picking up the awards were some of Australia’s best loved cartoonists including David Rowe for Best Caricaturist, Glen le Lievre for Best Single Gag Cartoonist, Gary Clark for Best Comic Strip and Mark Knight for Best Editorial/Political Cartoonist. However, Anton Emdin scooped the pool with Best Comic Book Artist, Best Illustrator and the coveted Gold Stanley for Cartoonist of the Year. It is the second Gold Stanley for Emdin, having previously won it in 2011.
The Jim Russell Award for contribution to Australian cartooning was presented to Russ Radcliffe, commissioning editor at Scribe, for a decade of “Best Australian Political Cartoons” and a host of other political cartoon compilations.
Gary Clark was also presented with a special trophy recognising his remarkable achievement of producing 10,000 “Swamp” daily comic strips.
The Stanley Awards were held at the Novotel Pacific Bay in Coffs Harbour and were the finale to a weekend which also included the 25th annual Rotary Cartoon Awards and the ACA
Cartooning Conference. For the results of the 25th Rotary Cartoon Awards click here.
The full list of 2013 Stanley Awards nominees:
Pat Campbell, Anton Emdin, David Follett, Eric Lobbecke, Levent Efe
Comic Strip Artist nominees:
Jason Chatfield, Gary Clark, Allan Salisbury, David Follett, Tony Lopez
Single Gag Cartoonist nominees:
Luke Watson, Matt Golding, Dean Alston, Judy Horacek, Glen Le Lievre
David Rowe, Tom Richmond, Judy Nadin, David Pope, Terry Dunnett
Editorial/Political Cartoonist nominees:
Ron Tandberg, Mark Knight, Bill Leak, David Pope, David Rowe
Comic Book Artist nominees:
Josef Szekeres, Anton Emdin, Dave Emerson, Tim McEwen, David Blumenstein
Cartoonist Of The Year nominees:
Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Glen Le Lievre, David Pope, David Rowe, Anton Emdin
The 30th Stanley Awards will be held in Sydney in 2014. Stay tuned for more details.
Did you miss out on the 2013 Stanley Awards? This is what you missed out on…
In the early 1920s leading cartoonists participated in the Artists’ Ball. This was an annual bohemian revel held at the Sydney Town Hall. When the revelry grew so boisterous for the more timid and elite fine artists that it was temporarily abandoned, the cartoonists took up the reins and for the next 30 years or so, continued to stage their own Black and White Artists Ball.
Out of these shindigs the Club grew. Named the Sydney Black and White Artists’ Club, its membership included every famous cartoonist in Sydney, such as Stan Cross, Jim Bancks, Syd Nicholls, George Finey and so many others.
However, realising that there were numbers of newspaper cartoonists employed in other states and in country areas, the Sydney group decided it was time to expand their membership and activities. The name was changed to the Australian Black and White Artists’ Club and the membership grew to more than 100 members. In 1984, the membership had grown to nearly 400 and it was decided by the national committee that it was time they had awards to be presented to winners in various categories and that an annual function should be held for the presentations.
In early 1985 the Awards Committee approached Mr Trevor Kennedy, then Editor-in-Chief of The Bulletin, to provide exclusive sponsorship for a series of annual awards for cartoonists and other newspaper and magagazine artists.
The Bulletin agreed to the sponsorship and named the event “The Bulletin Black and White Artists’ Awards” and the tradition had begun. Samples of members’ work was circulated to all members in the club in the form of the “voting book” and secret balloting by members for artists in six categories was conducted. The votes were forwarded anonymously to Peat Marwick and Mitchell, a leading firm of accountants who provided the names of the winners for the night.
The club commissioned Eberharde Franke to sculpt a model of the well known cartoon ‘For gor’sake stop laughing, this is serious!’ by Stan Cross, one of the greatest members of the black and white craft and a foundation member of the club. Bronze, silver and gold statuettes were cast from the model to present to the winners at the inaugural Awards Night in November 1985.
With an increased public profile, the club has attracted other corporations who recognise the talent of our artists’ and their role in Australia. In 1989, The Australian newspaper sponsored the Bill Mitchell Award to be presented annually at The Stanleys as an encouragement award to young artists.
In November 2014, the ACA will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Stanleys in Sydney, NSW. Stay tuned for further details.
Previous recipients of Stanley Awards are as follows:
Gary Clark (1985), Ken Emerson (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988), Brian Kogler (1989), James Kemsley (1990), Brian Kogler (1991, 1992, 1993), Gary Clark (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), Tony Lopes (2000 & 2001), Gary Clark (2002), Sean Leahy (2003), James Kemsley (2004), Tony Lopes (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008), Gary Clark (2009), Tony Lopes (2010, 2011), Gary Clark (2012, 2013).
Adventure /Illustrated Strip Artist
Until 1999 Adventure /Illustrated Strip Artist was a separate category from Comic Strip Cartoonist. Recipients of that award were: John Dixon (1985, 1986), Monty Wedd (1987), Roger Fletcher (1988), Monty Wedd (1989), Roger Fletcher (1990), Michael Dutkiewicz (1991), John Dixon (1992), Peter Foster (1993), Chris Wahl (1994), Michael Dutkiewicz (1995), Glenn Lumsden & David de Vries (1996, 1997), Michael Dutkiewicz (1998), Christopher Brunton (1999)
Comic Book Artist
David Gaskill (2010), David Follett (2011, 2012), Anton Emdin (2013).
Eric Jolliffe (1985, 1986), Matthew Martin (1987, 1988), Brian Kogler (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992), Mark Knight (1993), Cathy Wilcox (1994), Kerry Millard (1995), Glen Le Lievre (1996), Cathy Wilcox (1997), Pat Campbell (1998), Kerry Millard (1999), Mark Lynch (2000), Matt Golding (2001), Tony Lopes (2002), Dean Alston (2003), Pat Campbell (2004), Matt Golding (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Andrew Weldon (2011), Dean Alston (2012), Glen Le Lievre (2013).
Anton Emdin (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
In previous years Humorous Illustrator and General Illustrator were awarded (with General Illustrator once split into Symbolic Illustrator and Realist Illustrator).
John Spooner (1986), Geoff Hook (1987), Bill Leak (1988, 1989), Andrew Ireland (1990), Bill Leak (1991), Tony Champ (1992), Sturt Krygsman (1993), Bill Leak (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996), Sturt Krygsman (1997), Bill Leak (1998), Col Cameron (1999), Pat Campbell (2000), David Pope (2001), Pat Campbell (2002), David Pope (2003, 2004, 2005), George Haddon (2006), Tom Jellett (2007), George Haddon (2008).
John Spooner (1985), Earl Budden (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Edd Aragon (1988), Bill Leak (1989), John Tiedemann (2000), Not Awarded (2001), Steve McGarry (2002), Sturt Krygsman (2003), George Haddon (2004), Tom Jellett (2005), Peter Sheehan (2006), George Haddon (2007).
Symbolic Illustrator (1990 - 1999)
Michael Fitzjames (1990, 1991) Edd Aragon (1992, 1993), Eric Löbbecke (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Peter Wilkinson (1996), David Rowe (1997), Sturt Krygsman (1998), Paul Newman (1999).
Realist Illustrator (1990 - 1999)
Tony Champ (1990), Earl Budden (1991), Tony Champ (1992, 1993, 1994), Steven O’Brien (1995, 1996), Brett Lethbridge (1997), Paul Newman (1998, 1999).
Media Graphic Artist
Rolf Heimann (2003), John Shakespeare (2004, 2005), Tony Bela (2006), Simon Schneider (2007), Pat Campbell (2008), David Follett (2009).
Between 1990 - 1998 a Stanley was awarded for Graphic Artist. Recipients of the awards for that category: Donna Short (1990), Remi Bianchi (1991), Stephen Short (1992), Tony Bela (1993), Stephen Short (1994), Donna Short (1995), Tony Bela (1996, 1997, 1998), Geoff Richardson (1999).
John Spooner (1985, 1986), Ulf Kaiser (1987), Edd Aragon (1988), Bill Leak (1989), Edwin Huxley (1990), John Shakespeare (1992), Eric Löbbecke (1993), Bill Leak (1994, 1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996), Brett Lethbridge (1997, 1998), Joanne Applegate (1999), Sturt Krygsman (2000), David Rowe (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Brett Lethbridge (2005), Eric Lobbecke (2006), David Rowe (2007 & 2008), John Spooner (2009), David Rowe (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
Bill Mitchell (1985), Ron Tandberg (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988), Alan Moir (1989, 1990, 1991), Bill Mitchell (1992), Geoff Pryor (1993), Cathy Wilcox (1994), Mark Knight (1995), Bill Leak (1996), Warren Brown (1997, 1998, 1999), Rod Emmerson (2000), Michael Atchison (2001), David Pope (2002), Rod Emmerson (2003), Peter Broelman (2004 & 2005), Mark Knight (2006 & 2007), Jon Kudelka (2008), Peter Broelman (2009), Mark Knight (2010), David Pope (2011, 2012), Mark Knight (2013).
The Jim Russell Award
Formerly the Silver Stanley for Contribution to Australian Black & White Art, this award is made to the individual or organization who in the opinion of the ACA Board has made a significant contribution to Australian cartooning.
Previous recipients have been:
1985 - JIM RUSSELL
1986 - THE BULLETIN
1987 - JOHN THORBY
1988 - VANE LINDESAY
1989 - STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
1990 - JAMES KEMSLEY
1991 - DAN RUSSELL
1992 - LINDSAY FOYLE
1993 - JOHN CHAMPION/ ROTARY CLUB OF COFFS HARBOUR CITY
1994 - LES DIXON
1995 - COLE BUCHANAN
1996 - TONY RAFTY
1997 - L.J. HOOKER
1998 - GEOFF HOOK
1999 - ROGER FLETCHER
2000 - JENNY HUGHES
2001 - BRUCE PETTY
2003 - BILL “WEG” GREEN
2004 - MONTY WEDD
2005 - ALLAN “SOLS” SALISBURY
2006 - PAUL RIGBY
2007 - MICHAEL ATCHISON
2008 - JIM BRIDGES
2009 - NORM HETHERINGTON
2010 - STEVE PANOZZO
2011 - ROLF HEIMANN
2012 - “TALKING PICTURES” - Insiders ABC TV
2013 - RUSS RADCLIFFE
The Gold Stanley - Cartoonist Of The Year
1985 - ALAN MOIR
1986 - JOHN SPOONER
1987 - BILL LEAK
1988 - BILL LEAK
1989 - BILL LEAK
1990 - SUZANNE WHITE
1991 - BILL LEAK
1992 - BILL LEAK
1993 - ERIC LOBBECKE
1994 - BILL LEAK
1995 - BILL LEAK
1996 - BILL LEAK
1997 - BRETT LETHBRIDGE
1998 - BRETT LETHBRIDGE
1999 - JOANNE BROOKER
2000 - STURT KRYGSMAN
2001 - JAMES KEMSLEY
2002 - DAVID ROWE
2003 - ROLF HEIMANN
2004 - GEORGE HADDON
2005 - PETER BROELMAN
2006 - MARK KNIGHT
2007 - DAVID ROWE
2008 - DAVID ROWE
2009 - PETER BROELMAN
2010 - DAVID POPE
2011 - ANTON EMDIN
2012 - DAVID POPE
2013 - ANTON EMDIN
Best Cartoon on the night
Every Stanleys Award night conducts a themed gag cartoon competition amongst those attending.
James Kemsley (1985), George Haddon (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Neil Matterson (1988), Mark David (1989), Neil Matterson (1990), Roger Fletcher (1991), Lou Dargham (1992), Patrick Cook (1993), Will Goodwin (1994), Mark Lynch (1995), Mark David (1996), Gary Clark (1997), Peter Broelman (1998), Neil Matterson (1999), Gerard Piper (2000), Tony Lopes (2001), Mark Lynch (2002), Lee Sheppard (2003), Brett Bower (2004), David Follett (2005), Matt Golding (2006), Mark Knight (2007), Mark Lynch (2008), Neil Matterson (2009), Matt Golding (2010),
|1985||the SheratonWentworth Hotel Sydney||1 November||MC Mike Carlton||Prime Minister Bob Hawke and speaker Paul Rigby.|
|1986||the SheratonWentworth Hotel Sydney||7 November||MC Daryl Somers||Prime Minister Bob Hawke and hoax speaker Campbell McComas.|
|1987||the Art Gallery of NSW||6 November||MC George Negus||Pat Oliphant and NSW premier Barrie Unsworth.|
|1988||The Regent Hotel Melbourne||4 November||MC Ray Martin||Victorian Premier John Cain and speaker John Jensen.|
|1989||the Regent Hotel Sydney (now Four Seasons)||10 November||MC Richard Carleton||Hon. Bill Hayden, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia.|
|1990||the Regent Hotel Sydney (now Four Seasons)||9 November||MC Jane Singleton||Federal Treasurer Paul Keating speaker Victoria Roberts.|
|1991||the Sydney Hilton Hotel||8 November||MC Glynn Nicholas||NSW Premier Nick Greiner, speaker Punch editor David Thomas.|
|1992||the Park Lane Hotel Sydney (now Sheraton On The Park)||13 November||MC Andrew Denton||Federal Leader of the Opposition John Hewson, speaker Charles M. Jones Esq.|
|1993||the ANA Hotel Sydney (now Shangri-La Hotel)||29 October||MC Elle McFeast (Libbi Gorr)||Sergio Aragones and Senator Graham Richardson.|
|1994||the Sydney Town Hall||28 October||MC Paul Lyneham||Frank Sartor Lord Mayor of Sydney, speaker Diana deBring (Cecil Hartt’s daughter).|
|1995||the National Press Club Canberra (conference at The Brassey Hotel)||November||Barry Crocker.||none|
|1996||AJC Randwick||26 October||MC James Kemsley||Roger Law.|
|1997||Stamford Plaza Hotel Adelaide||15 November||MC Richard Stubbs|
|1998||Novotel Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour NSW||14 November||MC Glenn Robbins.|
|1999||Hotel Inter.Continental Sydney||6 November||MC Jonathon Biggins||Bruce Petty.|
|2000||the Queensland Art Gallery||date||MC Andrew Lofthouse||Michel Ramirez, speaker Gerry Connolly.|
|2001||National Museum of Australia (conference at Rydges Lakeside Hotel)||8 December||MC Roger Fletcher||The Right Reverend Dr. Peter Hollingworth Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia.|
|2002||Rydges Lakeside Hotel Canberra||26 October||MC Warren Brown||Shane Porteous.|
|2003||Lizotte’s at Ettalong Beach NSW (Conference at Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club)||11 October||MC Bill Leak||Cr. Robert Bell Mayor of Gosford City.|
|2004||Grand Mercure Heritage Park, Bowral NSW||6 November||MC Bill Leak||Mr Squiggle|
|2005||Peppers Fairmont Resort, Leura NSW||5 November||MC Warren Brown||Mikey Robbins|
|2006||Ballarat, Victoria||4 November||MC Rod Quantock||Guests Paul and Marlene Rigby.|
|2007||Rydges Wollongong, NSW||3 November||MC H.G. Nelson||Tony Rafty.|
|2008||Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour NSW||22 November||MC Jon English||Jim Borgman.|
|2009||SCEC Darling Harbour, NSW (conference at Novotel Darling Harbour)||14 November||MC Jean Kittson||Pat Oliphant and Tom Richmond.|
|2010||Rydges Melbourne, Victoria||5-7 November||MC Rod Quantock||Stan Goldberg and Jason Seiler.|
|2011||Mercure Sydney, NSW||11-13 November||MC Brendan Jones||Ron Cobb|
|2012||The Gateway Newcastle, NSW||16-17 November||MC Claire Hooper||Sam Viviano and Alex Stitt|