ONE of our cartoonists is a finalist in the Kennedy awards for excellence in journalism.
Christopher Downes, whose illustrations you will see most weeks in Crinkling News, is one of three cartoonists in the running for the outstanding illustration award.
The Kennedy awards started in 2012 in honour of Les Kennedy, a well-known journalist who covered police and crime for decades in Sydney.
Mr Kennedy died six years ago at the age of 53 after a battle with cancer, and journalists, police officers, judges and lawyers mourned him.
The Crinkling News editor, designer and subeditor, and some of our writers and photographers, worked with Mr Kennedy over the years.
Mr Downes, who lives in Tasmania, was over the moon to hear he had been nominated. “That is so cool!” he said.
Two other cartoonists are finalists alongside Mr Downes: Cathy Wilcox from The Sydney Morning Herald, and David Rowe from Fairfax Media.
“Cathy and David are both heroes of mine and to be nominated with them is really exciting for me,” said Mr Downes. “I feel like I’m a winner already!”
The winners will be announced on August 11.