Ben Jennings, who graduated from the Illustration BA Honours course (now Illustration and Visual Communication BA Honours) in 2012, has been shortlisted for a European Cartoon Award 2020 for his cartoon entitled ‘Extinction’, originally published by The i Paper.

Extinction cartoon by Ben Jennings, featuring taxidermy animals and a skeleton on a chair.
Cartoon entitled 'Extinction' by Ben Jennings for The i Paper

The European Cartoon Award, in collaboration with Studio Europa Maastricht, showcases the best cartoons created in Europe. The shortlist of nominees was drawn together by the Cartoon Award’s preparatory committee and the panel of judges shortlisted 16 pieces out of hundreds of submitted cartoons. Ben’s cartoon entitled ‘Extinction’ was originally published by The i Paper in 2019 in light of the extinction rebellion protests on climate change.

Ben Jennings is a UK-based cartoonist and illustrator who has produced work for a variety of clients including The i Paper, The Guardian and Penguin Books. His style often tackles tricky topics with bold imagery, social comment and metaphor, as well as light-hearted satirical work. His work has been published in various books, and he has contributed to exhibitions in London, Oxford, Paris, Hanover and Berlin. His work has also been displayed at London’s renowned Cartoon Museum.

Talking about the shortlisting, Ben said: “It’s a real honour to be nominated alongside cartoonists from all over Europe and fantastic that the art of cartooning is being celebrated in such a way.”

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