Can anyone find out who gave Paul Thomas the award for "Political Cartoonist of the Year" ? I can't seem to pin this one down . That title ,it would seem , is awarded by the Cartoon Art Trust . The last recipient was in 2006 ( not yet awarded this year , nominations aren't even in ) and that was Peter Brookes of the Times . As far as I can pin down , from 1995 to 2005 the winners were Steve Bell , Peter Brookes , Bell again , unknown , Bell again , Martin Rowson , Bell again , Dave Gaskill (?uncertain?), Rowson again , Dave Brown ,and Steve Bell again. Only one site , a gallery, has any info on Thomas which claims he not Bell Got the award in 2005 ( chrisbeetles.com ....
In 2005, Thomas won the Cartoon Art Trust’s Political Cartoonist of the Year award and the Political Society’s Tenniel Tankard
- the Tankard is a runners up prize in the Political Cartoon Society's Awards more below). The BBC , Guardian , Leeds University , and Matt the cartoonist and his blog firmly have 2005 being Steve Bells . None of the other awards went to Thomas last time either....I checked by phoning the Trust .Info on previous years was not forthcoming as the curator isn't there.
As to the Political Cartoon Society , they award for "Cartoonist of the Year" , that's the full title , "Cartoon of the Year" and the Tankard as a sort of runner-up type thing .Cartoonist 2006 (again this years ceremony to come) went to Peter Brookes. 2005=Steve Bell and 2004 = Dave Brown.
Things don't get much better when you include the What the Papers Say Award for Cartoonist and the British Press Awards also for Cartoonist .What the Papers 2004 to 2006 goes Matt , Brookes, Matt .BPA 2005 to 2007 goes Bill Caldwell , Gerald Scarfe , Peter Brooke .
These , it seems ,are the main awards generally and only one does the title Political Cartoonist of the Year . There is a Cartoonist's Club of Great Britain , but precious little about them and not held at the level of the first two .
So , is Thomas political cartoonist of the year , or has he been political cartoonist of the year? Was the award given by The Express Cartoonist Awards (should have still bloody lost) ? I need good information , answers and clarification . I need to get a life.