published Friday, December 16th, 2011

Times Free Press cartoonist Clay Bennett wins 2011 United Nations Political Cartoon award

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    Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has been awarded first place in the United Nations Political Cartoons competition for 2011 by the United Nations Correspondents Association and the U.N. Society of Writers and Artists.

Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has been awarded first place in the United Nations Political Cartoons competition for 2011 by the United Nations Correspondents Association and the U.N. Society of Writers and Artists.

Bennett won for a cartoon about the Mideast peace talks that featured an Escher-like table and chairs that were upside-down from each other.

Second prize went to Rick McKee of The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. Third prize went to David Pope of the Canberra (Australia) Times.

The Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon award is granted for the “best political cartoons reflecting the spirit and the principles of the United Nations,” according to its website.

View Bennett’s winning cartoon and other entries.

See a full gallery of Bennett's cartoons here. Also, follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

2011 United Nations Political Cartoon of the year

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whatsnottaken said...

I don't agree with much that you do from an idealogical standpoint, but congratulations nonetheless. You do create dialogue, which is what all good political cartoonists do.

December 16, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
librul said...

Congratulations Clay!

December 16, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

Well deserved! Great Xmas present, I would say!

December 16, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
terrybham said...

Clay, I love your work. CONGRATULATIONS!! Keep up the great work.

December 16, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
twharr said...

Congrats Clay! Job well done!

December 16, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
DOCJGH said...

You are the greatest! I love your drawings and insights.

December 16, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
ibshame said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! At the very least you make reading the editorial page a worthwhile experience.

December 16, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Wow, Congratulations, Clay!!!!

December 16, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
prairiedog said...

Don't forget to tell all the kids that only 1 person in a million can make their living the way you do. Nice job, great cartoon, and congratulations for this recognition.

December 16, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.
memphisexile said...

Congrats Clay!

December 16, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.
rolando said...

When he drops his DNC-ordered compositions, moves out of his anti-Conservative rut, drops the anti-TEA Part BS, and does what a political cartoonist is supposed to do, this is the result.

Congratulations, Clay. You have entered the big time, even though it is a UN award and not a US award. Still, 10 grand is 10 grand.

December 16, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
LibDem said...

Congratulations, Mr. Bennett!

(tu_quoque, if you look at the signature and CTFP legend, you will see that you are standing on your head.)

December 16, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
flyhigheagles said...

Yeah, Congratulations to the cartoonist who makes fun of local High School students who have misfortune come upon them, that they have had nothing to do with. Thanks for the added misery that you and your paper have inflicted!

Enjoy your reward......

December 16, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.
dadofboys said...

I dont agree at all with Clays positions, but that is not the reason that I dont care for his cartoons at all. What I find offensive and juvenile in his cartooning is that many of them are Ad Hominum attacks against the people that represent the positions that he disagrees with or propagate irrelevant falsehoods that speak to the basest and most uninformed instincts of the reader. For example, in the "War room" cartoon, the presence of the Koch brothers is meaningless as they no more represent a cabal controlling this country than the "elders of zion". I find Clays cartoons childish and poorly thought out.

December 16, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
d2edwards said...

Congratulations, Clay! Chattanooga is blessed and the Times-Free Press is very fortunate to have a world-class editorial cartoonist in residence. The award is well deserved and overdue.

December 16, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.
Oz said...

Congrats Clay... I don't agree with your politics but I do respect your talent as an artist.

December 16, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
champ1 said...

I don't agree with any of your cartoons but at least you rep the area well...congrats clay!

December 17, 2011 at 3:59 a.m.
OllieH said...

I've been out of town for several days, so this is the first I've seen of this story. It's fantastic news, but hardly surprising. I've been an ardent fan of Clay Bennett's work since he was drawing for The Christian Science Monitor.

I'm also glad to read that some of our cartoonist's regular detractors are not so petty as to let their opposition to his politics dilute their appreciation for Clay's accomplishment. I d, however, find is pathetic that some would try to diminish this honor by attacking the institution that recognized Clay's work, or that others would use this opportunity to complain about the partisan nature of a man whose very job description is to be partisan in nature, or that still more would sully this celebration (like a drunk uncle making a toast at a wedding) with an embarrassing display of rambling irrelevancy.

Clay Bennett is a world class cartoonist. This is not the first, but the fourth time his work has been recognized in this competition (one which is open to cartoonists from across the globe and attracts thousands of entries). Bennett has been judged as the best editorial cartoonist in the southeast by the Society of Professional Journalists four times in his career and the last two years running, and he is not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but has been a nominated finalist for that award six times (more than any other editorial cartoonist in history).

Despite these facts, folks congregate at the Times Free Press web site every single day, not simply to refute the message of the cartoon, but to vilify the cartoonist who created it. In so doing, they impugn his standards as a journalist and his skill as cartoonist. I have come to realize that nothing Clay can do will EVER redeem himself in the eyes of these critics. But then again, these are the folks who think they know more about science than the scientists and more about economics than the economists, so I guess it goes to figure that they think they know more about cartooning than the cartoonists.

Conservatives will seldom agree with the message of a Clay Bennett cartoon, but that doesn't mean it's not a good cartoon. The fact that you disagree with it at all only proves that the cartoon expressed a point of view (which is the primary goal of the art form). But just because you don't like the views that Clay expresses, doesn't mean they aren't well expressed, or that they doesn't deserve to be expressed at all.

Chattanooga is very fortunate to have a cartoonist of Clay's stature at the Times Free Press. So, refute his views, if you're so compelled. Use his work as a chance to promote a dissenting opinion, if you see fit. But please, don't ever castigate Clay Bennett's talent as a cartoonist. The fact that you keep coming back, day after day, to view his latest work is certainly a testament to to that skill.

December 17, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Brainwashed liberal fool with crayons and paper. Congrats!

December 17, 2011 at 11:54 p.m.
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