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Participation Rules

Contest Terms & Conditions

1.  Participation in the CAIB festival is FREE!

2.  Female African artists, press cartoonists, etc., are highly encouraged to participate, as there will be special media opportunities and creative offers awaiting successful African female participants
3.  Apart from TOPIC (4) reserved only for Non-African participants, there is no restriction to topics that participants can enter for the festival/contest, no limit to the number of works to be entered and there is no restriction on style or medium of expression of works sent in.

4.  Cartoons, comics, caricatures, photo cartoons, cartoon strips, new media, etc., can be sent in as coloured or black and white, in A4 or A3 paper sizes only, (without frames) in a protective pack, irrespective of whether they have been published before or have won any prizes in any previous events.  It is advisable to send your entries via INSURED or REGISTERED mail, as the organizers will not be liable for mails lost in transit.  The organizers will ensure the protection of works in our custody.  However, we shall not be responsible for badly packaged entries or entries damaged before and after the festival/exhibition.  Video/Cartoon Animation entries MUST not exceed 5 minutes in length that could be broadcast in compressed format and realizable in the most common formats: AVI, MPEG Real Video for Windows, etc.).

5.  Original artworks are preferable for the CAIB festival.  However, high quality computer print-outs are also acceptable.  No photocopies please!  Digitally-generated works must be duly signed by the artists to be accepted in this festival/contest as original.  Entries that do not measure up to standard for the cartoon/comics biennial festival/ contest will be discarded.  The organizers reserve the right to withdraw the established prizes and certificates if the entries fail to meet the required standard and focus of the festival.

6FORM: Participants MUST fill and submit the participation form to be eligible for the festival/contest.  (Please go to the Entry Form page to download your copy.)  Works submitted without fully-completed participation forms will be rejected.  On a word document or separate enclosed sheet of paper please provide a short CV of the author, titles of artworks submitted and the polemic meanings/ messages they convey.

7.  ORIGINALITY: Works sent in for the festival MUST be the original creations of the artists themselves.  Plagiarism is forbidden in the CAIB festival/contest; so it is instructively vital that authors be fully responsible for the originality of their entries to the biennial festival.  The organizers will withdraw any prize/award, if after the events it was reported and proven of any copyright infringement anywhere in the world, and legal actions may be instituted against offenders accordingly.

8.  DEADLINE: Entries will be accepted from until midnight, November 15, 2018.  Entries received after the deadline will only be accepted if they bear a postmark prior to November 15, 2018.

9.  JUDGES: A steep panel of experts drawn from the Art community, the mass media, cartoonists, art critics, school art teachers, art curators, etc., in Nigeria, parts of Africa, and abroad, will select the qualified works for the contest and subsequent touring exhibitions according to their merits, effectiveness in communicating vital messages within the CAIB project’s thematic framework.  The decision of the judges will be final.  Selected works, whether or not they won prizes in the festival/contest, will be put into a colourful coffee table book/CATALOGUE, and all participants whose works are included in the catalogue will receive a free copy each, whenever they are produced.  So, please carefully print your valid postal address and other contact information in the participation form.

10.  EXHIBITION OPENING/AWARD PRESENTATIONS: The official opening of the CAIB2018 festival is on Friday, 23rd November through 30th November, 2018, at Crowne Art Gallery, inside Hexagon, 2A Golf Course Road, G.R.A. in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

11.  PRIZES:  NOTE: The CONTEST segment of CAIB festival is currently on hold due to funding challenges; If you had submitted any cartoon, comics, comedic photo story or short cartoon animation on any of the thematic topics above in previous CAIB festivals and you’re sure they were documented and certificated by us, don’t bother sending in another copy of the same works because your earlier submissions are still valid and eligible to participate in the 24-month strategic traveling advocacy cartoon campaigns/workshops and you will be communicated, if anyone or group show interest to buy your works and or strike a business deal with you in the course of CAIB’s travelling promotional/fundraising cartoon campaigns and workshop series.

12.  SALES, RETURN/ DONATION OF WORKS: If you wish to sell your submitted original works during the CAIB festival, please clearly indicate same in the participation form, along with the intended price in US dollars.  Original art works submitted for the festival/contest will be returned back only if the author so indicated in the participation form, and at the author’s postal expense through courier services.  Or they can be donated to the organizers for future promotional, educational and other non-commercial uses.
NOTE: Prize winning works and all entries sent via emails or posted as computer print-outs will not be returned but automatically become properties of the organizers and shall be permanently preserved in the new CAIB Cartoon and Comics Museum set up in Benin City, Nigeria, after the pilot CAIB event in 2012.

All participants and authors of works submitted to CAIB oblige the organizers the full right to use, to archive, to print, to publish or broadcast their work(s) in all CAIB promotional and educational means, and to let them feature in any exhibitions, etc., - without any financial liability to the authors/artists.  The signing and submission of completed participation form and your works is proof of your acceptance of the terms and conditions stipulated for participation in the CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL festival 2018.

13.  ADDRESS: All entries for the CAIB festival should be mailed to:


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Tel: +2348023680030 

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