Thursday, May 05, 2022

VIII Biennial of Humour Luiz d'Oliveira Guimarães - Espinhal / Penela Portugal 2022

Deadline - 15th May


Theme: The importance of animals in our lives

One Organization: Penela City Council / Junta de Freguesia do Espinhal / Oliveira Guimarães House Museum

A Production: Humorgrafe - Artistic Director: Osvaldo Macedo de Sousa (

           The Bienal where humor does not need colors, just a smile, philosophical intelligence and a simple and direct color – black and white (monochromatic). More important than the awards is having a voice, expressing your humor, your irreverent ideas in communion with the community.

1 - Theme: Animals, Man and the Planet

a) Cartoon - The use of animals as satire / The political animal that governs us / Domestic animals in our life / Animals and the life of the planet - Zoomorfisms, anthropomorphisms, ironies, fables, apologists, graphic maxims, satires and caricatures of the what is happening in this animal universe on planet earth, that they talk about the «political animals» they know, the domestic animals with which they share the joys and sorrows and the concerns that we should have in relation to the future of «animalitas», of mother Gaia, whether say, from planet Earth.

b) As a subgroup, within the scope of the portrait-charge / Caricature we will privilege animal caricatures (exaggerated and comical) or zoomorphic portraits of personalities linked to the defense and investigation of animal life on the planet.

2 - Open to the participation of all graphic artists with humor, professionals or amateurs.

3 - Deadline: May 15th, 2022. They should be sent to, or (If they do not receive confirmation of receipt, resend SFF).

4 - Each artist can send, via e-mail in digital format (300 dpis A4 size) up to 4 monochrome works (one color with all its shades - 2, 3 or 4 color drawings are not accepted - open to all techniques and styles such as caricature, cartoon, humorous drawing, comic strip, comic strip (story on a single board) ... these should be accompanied with information of name, date of birth, address and e-mail.

5 - The works will be judged by a prior selection jury made up of specialists in the field (Saskia Gheysens - European Cartoon Center - Belgium; Leila Alaiy from Tabriz Cartoon - Iran; Isel Chacon director of the S. Antonio de los Baños Humor Museum - Cuba; the cartoonist Nani Mosquera - Colombia; the cartoonist Omar Túrcios -Colombia; the honored cartoonist Zé Oliveira - Portugal and Osvaldo Macedo de Sousa - Artistic Director of BHLOG) whose result will then be submitted to a final jury made up of the same members plus two representatives Penela City Council; a representative of the Junta de Freguesia do Espinhal and a representative of the Oliveira Guimarães family, with the following awards being granted:

1st Prize of the VIII BHLOG 2022 (€ 2,000)

2nd Prize of the VIII BHLOG 2022 (€ 1,500)

3rd Prize of the VIII BHLOG 2022 (€ 1,000)

VIII BHLOG 2022 Caricature Award (€ 1,200)

The Jury, at its discretion, may award “Special Awards” (António Oliveira Guimarães, Leonor Oliveira Guimarães, Municipality of Penela, Junta de Freguesia do Espinhal and Humorgrafe), as an honorary title, with the right to a trophy.

6 - The Jury grants the right to make a selection of the best works to exhibit in the available space and catalog edition (which will be sent to all artists with reproduced work).

7 - The Organization will inform all artists by e.mail if they have been selected for the exhibition and catalog, and which artists have been awarded. The works awarded with remuneration are automatically acquired by the Organization. The originals of the winning entries must be delivered to the Organization (the original in computer-made works is a high quality A4 hand-signed, 1/1 numbered print), because without this delivery, the prize money will not be unlocked.

8 - Reproduction rights are the property of the Organization as soon as it is for the promotion of this organization and are punctually discussed with the authors in the case of other uses.

9 - For further information contact the Artistic Director: Osvaldo Macedo de Sousa ( or VIII Humor Biennial Luís d'Oliveira Guimarães, Culture Sector, Penela City Hall, 3230-253 Penela - Portugal.

10 - The VIII Humor Biennial Luís Oliveira Oliveira Guimarães - Espinhal / Penela 2022, opens on September 3 at the Espinhal Cultural Center, but may also be exhibited in other places to be designated.






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And in collaboration with Cartooning for Peace and



Key words: Inequalities / denied rights / famine / migration / poverty / pandemics / wars / hegemonies / dictatorships / misinformation / ignorance.

For the first time in its long history, humanity is in increasing, perhaps inevitable, danger of extinction as a result of human activity.

Until yesterday, we were focused on the growing ecological threats. Air, water, sea and nature pollution, global warming and climate change have reached unsustainable levels. Human survival is at stake.

Since 24 February 2022, the existence of planet Earth is once again threatened by the outbreak of a nuclear war! A risk we had forgotten since the end of the Cold War.

With this return of tragic times, humanity may collapse. While waiting a doomsday scenario, humans must reconcile with themselves and with their history. They must understand that this is not only an environmental issue but above all a geopolitical, political, economic and social issues. On a global scale.

Inequality, violated rights, demography, migration, poverty, pandemics, wars, geopolitical power struggles and hegemonies, dictatorships, misinformation, ignorance, are all open issues that can produce world upheavals in a short time.

Humanity must act, and act quickly.  Humans are their own fate.

1-DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF Cartoons: 1 June 2022

2-PARTICIPATION: Open competition to all specialized cartoonists

3-CARTOONS: Each participant can propose 1 and maximum 2 works realized during the last years, but not awarded or presented in other competitions.

The works should preferably be without text.

If a text is required, it must be accompanied by a translation into English or Italian.

4-SUBMISSION of Cartoons and entry form:  Exclusively via:

- The entry form must be completed in full in order to allow the exhibition and publication of the cartoons and CVs, as well as ensure contacts with the authors;

- The attached works must be sent in electronic format, in high definition, in JPEG, TIFF or PNG format.

Minimum resolution of 300 dpi, in JPG or TIFF format in maximum quality.

Attention :

Entries that do not meet the requirements (articles 1, 2, 3 and 4) will be eliminated.

5-SELECTION OF cartoons:  A pre-jury will select the 55 semifinalists

-                     An international jury, made up of international cartoonists, journalists and chaired by Thierry Vissol, the director of Libex, will select three winners, and the 10 cartoons with an honorable mention.

6-Libex PRIZE - Giuseppe di Vagno Foundation (1889-1921).

·                    1st prize: € 600,00

·                    2nd prize: € 400,00

·                    3rd prize: € 200,00

·                    The ten first caroons selected by the Jury will also be published as postcards.


The award ceremony will take place on the 26th of September 2020 on the occasion of the closing of the 18th edition of the Festival Lector In Fabula.

-                     If security conditions permit, the award ceremony will take place in the presence of the winning artists.

-                     Travel and accommodation expenses of the winners will be covered by the Giuseppe Di Vagno Foundation.

8-EXHIBITION & CATALOGUE - The 55 semifinalists’ cartoons will be exhibited in the cloister of the Monastery of San Benedetto in Conversano (BA - Italy) and published in a full-colour printed catalogue.

9-RIGHTS OF THE SUBMITTED WORKS: By participating in the competition, the authors transfer to the Centre Libex-Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno (1889-1921) the non-exclusive right to publish the works on any medium for promotional purposes, without claiming any copyright or reproduction rights.

10-CONTACT - For any problems or questions regarding the exhibition and the prizes, please contact :  Secretariat: Alessia Ciuffolini -


11-PRIVACY - We will not use your data for any purpose other than this competition or for commercial purposes. We will not share them with third parties.


Libex-Fondazione Giuseppe di Vagno (1889-1921)

Via San benedetto, 18 - FR- 70014 Conversano (BA)

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