The 5th International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest is calling for applications
The 5th International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest is being organized this year under the theme “New Generation, and New Generation Addictions (NGNGA)”. Mr. M. Nurullah Atalan, General Manager of Green Crescent, explaining that the ongoing pandemic had influenced the choice of subject of this year’s contest, said: “We believe that our artists will explain, in creative ways, the habits of the new generation, the transformation of technology misuse into addiction, and how the pandemic is affecting these.”
Green Crescent is for the fifth time organizing the International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest, in which the effects of addiction are depicted in a creative manner. Works submitted to the contest are expected to focus on the causes of addiction, how addiction spreads, the effects of addiction, and responsibilities related to online betting and online gambling addiction, under the headings of “The Effects of the Pandemic” and “Digital Games” and the main theme of “New Generation, and New Generation Addictions”. The contest is open to all national and international amateur/professional cartoonists; entries can be submitted to https://cartooncontest.yesilay.org.tr/en until January 31, 2021.
Underlining that cartoons can be effective tools for raising awareness of addictions and drawing attention to the damage they cause, Mr. Atalan, General Manager of Green Crescent, stated:
“Our International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest has attracted increasing interest over the last 4 years, with 479 cartoonists from 55 countries submitting 908 different artworks to last year’s contest. This year, considering the effects of the pandemic, we have chosen the theme ‘New Generation, and New Generation Addictions’. We believe that our artists will explain, in creative ways, the habits of the new generation, the transformation of technology misuse into addiction, and how the pandemic is affecting these. We expect cartoonists from all over the globe to be excited about coming up with works depicting a problem that affects the entire world, and we are anticipating intensive participation from abroad, as has been the case in previous events. We are looking forward to seeing entries that inspire us in our own works with their images and messages.”
This year, the total prize money has been increased to 44,000 TRY
Works submitted to the contest will be evaluated both by cartoonists, and by experts in the field of addiction. At the end of the 5th International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest, a first prize of 12,500 TRY, a second prize of 10,000 TRY and a third prize of 7,500 TRY will be given to the producers of the best entries. Moreover, three entries will receive excellence awards of 3,500 TRY, and one will be selected for the “Mazhar Osman Award”, also for 3,500 TRY. Green Crescent will give out prizes totaling 44,000 TRY at the 5th International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest.
Green Crescent has been exhibiting winning works in Vienna for the last 3 years
The winners of the International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest will meet an international audience. Green Crescent has for the last three years been attending the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna, organized by UNODC, where it displays the winning entries to the contest.
About Mazhar Osman
Prof. Mazhar Osman (1884–1951) founded the first modern mental health hospital in Turkey. He pioneered the treatment of mental and neurological diseases in Turkey using modern methods, and founded Green Crescent in 1920 under the name of “Hilal-i Ahdar”, which he presided over until 1945.
About Green Crescent
Having begun operations in 1920, Green Crescent is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that prioritizes human dignity and honor in its efforts to protect society and young people from bad habits and in its struggle against addiction, taking into account national and moral values, while also conducting preventive and rehabilitative public health and advocacy studies at national and international levels. Green Crescent was established to fight against alcohol addiction, but with the emergence of new forms of addiction it has made allowances for new working areas in its regulations. Following on from its struggle against alcohol addiction, it has become involved also in the fields of cigarette, drugs, gambling and technology addiction.
There are 120 branches of Green Crescent in Turkey, and 81 Country Green Crescents around the world. In 2015, YEDAM (Green Crescent Counseling Center) was founded and the 444 79 75 helpline was established, providing psychological and social service support to those in need through its team of professional psychologists and social services experts who are specialized in the field of addiction through 62 active YEDAMs in Turkey and Cyprus.
Green Crescent has been recognized as a “Public-Benefit Society” since 1934 thanks to the contributions to society of its addiction protection and awareness-raising programs. It is the only NGO in Turkey with UN Economic Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Consultative Status, and the only Turkish recipient of a European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) “5 Star Competency in Excellence” award.