The World Press Cartoon has returned to Caldas da Rainha, one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities. Cartoonists from the four corners of the world are tracing a new chapter of humorous drawings.

This 2021 edition is strongly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also by defending the freedom of press and expression, a major tradition at the event.

The event kicked off with a caricature drawing session in the city centre, before the official awards ceremony which highlights 2020’s best works published in the written press and on

The year was summed up well by Albanian cartoonist, Agim Sulaj, whose drawing of masks in the shape of 2020 won him second prize in the Gag Cartoon category.

Sulaj says that the idea to do this drawing came from when he was looking for masks in his home. He found three or four and they were shaped like a zero. He saw them through “artistic eyes” and that’s what inspired him.

In a year marked by the transition of power between former American President Donald Trump and Joe Biden and by the health crisis, cartoonists didn’t forget the environmental emergency and this was reflected in the “Caricature” category’s first prize. It was awarded to Mexican cartoonist, Darío Castillejos.