An undergraduate studying on the BA Honours Illustration degree at the University of Westminster has won the prestigious ‘Political Cartoon of the Year 2011′ prize awarded by the Political Cartoon Society.
Ben Jennings, originally from Hemel Hempstead, was awarded the prize for his Gadaffi Treasure Map cartoon which was originally published in The Guardian in August 2011. Ben was presented the award by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling MP.
Ben decided at age 15 that he wanted to pursue a career as a cartoonist and began selling caricatures at school to students and teachers alike. At 21, Ben’s work has appeared in the music newspaper The Stool Pigeon, The Guardian, The Morning Star and in the new year he will be providing a regular cartoon for the i newspaper after winning their ‘i cartoons’ competition.
Ben Jennings said: “I was astonished to win the ‘Political Cartoon of the Year’ award and being nominated alongside cartoonists I’ve followed for years such as Steve Bell and Martin Rowson was a true honour. The University of Westminster is a dynamic and creative university that has allowed me the freedom to pursue the areas I’m interested in.”
Sally Feldman, Dean of the School of Media, Arts & Design at the University of Westminster, said: “When Ben joined it was clear he had an exceptional talent and his ability to mix humour alongside serious political issues and produce one strong image really is incredible. We are all very proud of him and this latest achievement.”