The Stanleys is the ACA's ultimate annual awards judged by Australia's own cartoonists.
Now in its 23rd year, the Stanleys weekend is the highlight for many cartoonists to catch up, talk shop and learn more about
each other and their craft. The Stanleys weekend is comprised of the cartoon conference and the Stanley Awards. 

The 23rd Annual Stanley Awards Conference will be held at Rydges in Wollongong, NSW in November 2007.
Stay tuned for more details. A brochure and booking form will be posted online shortly.

The 22nd ANNUAL STANLEY AWARDS CONVENTION

Melbourne’s Herald Sun’s Mark Knight has been named The Age Cartoonist Of The Year at the 22nd annual
Stan Cross Awards ceremony hosted by Rod Quantock in Ballarat on November 4. 
Knight also won the Sydney Morning Herald Editorial/Political Cartoonist Stanley

At the same time Australian international cartooning icon Paul Rigby was presented with the prestigious
Jim Russell Award for a lifetime of contribution to cartooning.

The Stanley Award categories are listed below. The recipient is underlined amongst the year's finalists.


Corel Humorous Illustrator

Reg Lynch

Ian Sharpe

Tom Jellett

David Follett

George Haddon


Wacom Digital Illustrator

Rolf Heimann

Tony Bela

Michael Perkins

Michael Dutkiewicz

Simon Schneider

 

The Australian General Illustrator

Michael Perkins

David Rowe

Sturt Krygsman

Peter Sheehan

George Haddon

 

The Herald Sun Caricaturist

Peter Broelman

Matt Adams

John Tiedemann

Eric Lobbecke

Tom Jellett

 

Thomson Education Direct Single Gag Cartoonist

Andrew Weldon

Matt Golding

Will Goodwin

Jon Kudelka

Dean Alston

 

The Daily Telegraph Comic Strip Artist

David Fletcher

Tony Lopes

Gary Clark

Roger Fletcher

Michael Atchison

 

The Sydney Morning Herald Editorial/Political Cartoonist

Jon Kudelka

Vince O’Farrell

Mark Knight

Peter Broelman

David Pope

 

The Age Cartoonist of the Year

Tony Lopes

Peter Broelman

George Haddon

David Rowe

Mark Knight

Jon Kudelka

David Pope  



To get a fair idea on what the Stanleys is all about click here to download the Stanleys 2006 brochure.

HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL STANLEY AWARDS CONFERENCE

In the early 1920s leading cartoonists participated in the Artists' Ball. This was an annual bohemian revel held at the Sydney Town Hall. When the revelry grew so boisterous for the more timid and elite fine artists that it was temporarily abandoned, the cartoonists took up the reins and for the next 30 years or so, continued to stage their own Black and White Artists Ball.

Out of these shindigs the Club grew. Named the Sydney Black and White Artists' Club, its membership included every famous cartoonist in Sydney, such as Stan Cross, Jim Bancks, Syd Nicholls, George Finey and so many others.

However, realising that there were numbers of newspaper cartoonists employed in other states and in country areas, the Sydney group decided it was time to expand their membership and activities. The name was changed to the Australian Black and White Artists' Club and the membership grew to more than 100 members. In 1984, the membership had grown to nearly 400 and it was decided by the national committee that it was time they had awards to be presented to winners in various categories and that an annual function should be held for the presentations.

In early 1985 the Awards Committee approached Mr Trevor Kennedy, then Editor-in-Chief of The Bulletin, to provide exclusive sponsorship for a series of annual awards for cartoonists and other newspaper and magagazine artists.

The Bulletin agreed to the sponsorship and named the event "The Bulletin Black and White Artists' Awards" and the tradition had begun. Samples of members' work was circulated to all members in the club in the form of the "voting book" and secret balloting by members for artists in six categories was conducted. The votes were forwarded anonymously to Peat Marwick and Mitchell, a leading firm of accountants who provided the names of the winners for the night.

The club commissioned Eberharde Franke to sculpt a model of the well known cartoon 'For gor'sake stop laughing, this is serious!' by Stan Cross, one of the greatest members of the black and white craft and a foundation member of the club. Bronze, silver and gold statuettes were cast from the model to present to the winners at the inaugural Awards Night in November 1985.

With an increased public profile, the club has attracted other corporations who recognise the talent of our artists' and their role in Australia. In 1989, The Australian newspaper sponsored the Bill Mitchell Award to be presented annually at The Stanleys as an encouragement award to young artists. 

In 2007, the 23rd Stanley Awards will again be announced in Wollongong. NSW. Nine bronze statuettes for: Comic Strip, Editorial/Political, Single Gag, Caricaturist, General Illustrator, Humorous Illustrator and Digital Artist. The Silver Stanley is now known as the Jim Russell Award and is awarded to a cartoonist for services to the cartooning industry. The Gold Stanley, the major award, is awarded for Cartoonist of the Year.



Previous recipients of Stanley Awards are as follows:



Comic Strip

Gary Clark (1985), Ken Emerson (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988), Brian Kogler (1989), James Kemsley (1990), Brian Kogler (1991, 1992, 1993), Gary Clark (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), Tony Lopes (2000 & 2001), Gary Clark (2002), Sean Leahy (2003), James Kemsley (2004), Tony Lopes (2005 & 2006).

Until 1999 Adventure /Illustrated Strip Artist was a separate category from Comic Strip Cartoonist. Recipients of that award were: John Dixon (1985, 1986), Monty Wedd (1987), Roger Fletcher (1988), Monty Wedd (1989),
Roger Fletcher (1990), Michael Dutkiewicz (1991), John Dixon (1992), Peter Foster (1993), Chris Wahl (1994), Michael Dutkiewicz (1995), Glenn Lumsden & David de Vries (1996, 1997), Michael Dutkiewicz (1998), Christopher Brunton (1999)




Single Gag

Eric Jolliffe (1985, 1986), Matthew Martin (1987, 1988), Brian Kogler (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992), Mark Knight (1993),
Cathy Wilcox (1994), Kerry Millard (1995), Glen Le Lievre (1996), Cathy Wilcox (1997), Pat Campbell (1998), Kerry Millard (1999), Mark Lynch (2000), Matt Golding (2001), Tony Lopes (2002), Dean Alston (2003), Pat Campbell (2004), Matt Golding (2005 & 2006).



Humorous Illustration

John Spooner (1986), Geoff Hook (1987), Bill Leak (1988, 1989), Andrew Ireland (1990), Bill Leak (1991), Tony Champ (1992), Sturt Krygsman (1993), Bill Leak (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996), Sturt Krygsman (1997), Bill Leak (1998), Col Cameron (1999), Pat Campbell (2000), David Pope (2001), Pat Campbell (2002), David Pope (2003, 2004, 2005), George Haddon (2006).



General Illustration

John Spooner (1985), Earl Budden (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Edd Aragon (1988), Bill Leak (1989), John Tiedemann (2000), Not Awarded (2001), Steve McGarry (2002), Sturt Krygsman (2003), George Haddon (2004), Tom Jellett (2005), Peter Sheehan (2006).

Between 1990 - 1999 this category was split into Symbolic Illustrator and Realist Illustrator.
Symbolic Illustrator: Michael Fitzjames (1990, 1991) Edd Aragon (1992, 1993), Eric Löbbecke (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Peter Wilkinson (1996), David Rowe (1997), Sturt Krygsman (1998), Paul Newman (1999)
Realist Illustrator: Tony Champ (1990), Earl Budden (1991), Tony Champ (1992, 1993, 1994), Steven O'Brien (1995, 1996), Brett Lethbridge (1997), Paul Newman (1998, 1999).




Digital Illustrator

Rolf Heimann (2003), John Shakespeare (2004, 2005), Tony Bela (2006).

Between 1990 - 1998 a Stanley was awarded for Graphic Artist. Recipients of the awards for that category: Donna Short (1990), Remi Bianchi (1991), Stephen Short (1992), Tony Bela (1993), Stephen Short (1994), Donna Short (1995), Tony Bela (1996, 1997, 1998), Geoff Richardson (1999).



Caricaturist

John Spooner (1985, 1986), Ulf Kaiser (1987), Edd Aragon (1988), Bill Leak (1989), Edwin Huxley (1990), John Shakespeare (1992), Eric Löbbecke (1993), Bill Leak (1994, 1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996), Brett Lethbridge (1997, 1998), Joanne Applegate (1999), Sturt Krygsman (2000), David Rowe (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Brett Lethbridge (2005), Eric Lobbecke (2006). 



Editorial

Bill Mitchell (1985), Ron Tandberg (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988), Alan Moir (1989, 1990, 1991), Bill Mitchell (1992), Geoff Pryor (1993), Cathy Wilcox (1994), Mark Knight (1995), Bill Leak (1996), Warren Brown (1997, 1998, 1999), Rod Emmerson (2000), Michael Atchison (2001), David Pope (2002), Rod Emmerson (2003), Peter Broelman (2004 & 2005), Mark Knight (2006)..



The Jim Russell Award

Formerly the Silver Stanley for Contribution to Australian Black & White Art, this award is made to the individual or organization who in the opinion of the ACA Committee has made a significant contribution to Australian cartooning.
Previous recipients have been:

1985 JIM RUSSELL
1986 THE BULLETIN
1987 JOHN THORBY
1988 VANE LINDESAY
1989 STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
1990 JAMES KEMSLEY
1991 DAN RUSSELL
1992 LINDSAY FOYLE
1993 JOHN CHAMPION/ ROTARY CLUB OF COFFS HARBOUR CITY
1994 LES DIXON
1995 COLE BUCHANAN
1996 TONY RAFTY
1997 L.J. HOOKER
1998 GEOFF HOOK
1999 ROGER FLETCHER
2000 JENNY HUGHES
2001 BRUCE PETTY
2003 BILL "WEG" GREEN
2004 MONTY WEDD
2005 ALLAN "SOLS" SALISBURY
2006 PAUL RIGBY

Best Cartoon on the night. Every Stanleys Award night conducts a themed gag cartoon competition amongst those attending. The winner, judged by special guests, is given the duty of designing the cover the next year's ACA Year Book.

James Kemsley (1985), George Haddon (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Neil Matterson (1988), Mark David (1989), Neil Matterson (1990), Roger Fletcher (1991), Lou Dargham (1992), Patrick Cook (1993), Will Goodwin (1994), Mark Lynch (1995), Mark David (1996), Gary Clark (1997), Peter Broelman (1998), Neil Matterson (1999), Gerard Piper (2000), Tony Lopes (2001), Mark Lynch (2002), Lee Sheppard (2003), Brett Bower (2004), David Follett (2005), Matt Golding (2006).