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The Times cartoonist wins Europe Grand Prix

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Rodrigo de Matos, the Times cartoonist, has won the Press Cartoon Europe Grand Prix with a cartoon published in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso.
The prize-winning cartoon depicts a homeless man waiting for a bowl of soup, but instead receiving a ball. It relates to the current situation in Portugal, where a financial crisis and the resultant austerity measures have changed the lives of citizens, impoverishing many. Nevertheless, the Portuguese never stop smiling when football is on the agenda.
“Among the growing poverty and the hard austerity measures, the people of Portugal have found a reason to smile: the national football team qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil, 2014,” it reads.
The Press Cartoon Europe  prize is promoted by Press Cartoon Belgium in association with the International Cartoon Festival held in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. An annual accolade the PCE is awarded to the best cartoon published in any European country. The first prize comprises of EUR8,000 (MOP87,000) and a bronze statue designed by Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen.
“The PCE Grand Prix is probably the most important award for cartoonists who publish in European media. It’s the first time I’m selected for the final round and winning the main prize for me is almost unbelievable. This is my first big award and I achieved it with a lot of work and dedication, in the eighth year of my career as a professional,” the Portuguese cartoonist, who has been living in Macau for over four years, told the Times. 
The award ceremony takes place at the opening of the annual International Cartoon Festival. The cartoons will also be published in a multilingual annual catalogue.
Rodrigo de Matos won the PCE first prize, followed by Tjeerd Royaards and Hajo de Reijger, both from the Netherlands. Staff reporter

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