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Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii receives Grand Prix of Serbian antiwar cartoon exhibit
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Iranian artist Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii holds the Grand Prix he received at the 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoons at the National Museum of Serbia in Kragujevac on October 20, 2013.
Iranian artist Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii holds the Grand Prix he received at the 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoons at the National Museum of Serbia in Kragujevac on October 20, 2013.
TEHRAN -- Iranian artist Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii received the Grand Prix at the 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoons during the opening ceremony of the exhibition Sunday at the National Museum of Serbia in Kragujevac.
 
“I conveyed the message of peace and objection against war at this exhibition and I am happy to have won this award,” he told the Persian service of IRNA after the receiving the prize.
 
Tabatabaii received the Grand Prix, €1500 in cash, for his cartoon entitled “The Peace Messenger”. It shows a soldier opening a door labeled “war”. What he sees inside is total darkness.    
 
“Shojaei Tabatabaii’s cartoon shows that war is really devastating and leads everything towards darkness,” the director of the exhibition, Miodrag Stojilovic, said during the award presentation ceremony.
 
The exhibition received 533 works from 235 cartoonists from across the world. Forty-eight submissions were from Iranian cartoonists.
 
The winners were previously announced by organizers in September.
 
Omer Cam from Turkey won the gold plaque of the event and the silver plaque went to Pawel Kuczynsky from Poland. 4. In addition, Serbian cartoonist Aleksandar Blatnik received the bronze plaque of the exhibition.
 
The exhibition has been organized in memory of the heinous crime that happened in Kragujevac in 1941, when the Nazis occupying forces executed several hundreds of innocent civilians in just one day.
 
Iranian artist Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii received the Grand Prix at the 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoons during the opening ceremony of the exhibition Sunday at the National Museum of Serbia in Kragujevac.
 
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