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Festival’s catalogue Debuted-International Cartoon Contest, “We Defeat Corona”-2020


Festival’s catalogue Debuts-International Cartoon Contest, “We Defeat Corona”-2020


“Undoubtedly, the contagious of corona virus proved the way to defeat this malignant virus is neither common political power nor economic power, nor the racist thinking of some politicized Western cultures, but the only way to get rid of this virus is to promote the culture of a society, especially the culture and ethics of health cares, and definitely art is one of the most direct and effective ways to develop human culture in an explicit and universal language.” Dr. Saeed Namaki, Iran’s Minister of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education, “Preface to the catalogue of SUMS International Cartoon Contest”


In the presence of the Chancellor of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), on 27 Sept. 2020, a debut ceremony was thrown by SUMS to introduce the catalogue of SUMS International Cartoon Contest, “We Defeat Corona”.

Organizing a competition which can have an international impact was highly demanding and required full cooperation and harmony among every individual of the contest’s executive committee, Dr. Mehrzad Lotfi, SUMS chancellor and head of the contest, said at the ceremony.  



The catalogue includes 500 selected outworks out of over 4200 submitted pieces, Dr. Kooroush Azizi, the executive director of the contest explains. As he remarked, this contest was an endeavor to incorporate art and pure human feelings into science. The international language of Art is the clearest and most conspicuous one which not only communicates human concerns but also effectively teaches the society general public instructions, Dr. Azizi added.

Mohammad Javad Zare Mohazabiyeh, one of the festival’s secretaries, delivered the closing speech describing the festival’s catalogue. He declared that the catalogue is printed in a quarto book format with a size of 220mm* 220mm.  In conclusion, he appreciated the impressive participation of the cartoonists and caricaturists from across the globe.

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