Ospina Elena

Bogota, Colombia


Cartoonist, illustrator

Colombian illustrator and caricaturist who began her work at the newspaper El Espectador . In the 1990s, she worked for several book publishers and was part of groups of illustrators and cartoonists such as El cartel del humor. Later, she worked in the creation and illustration of editorial and advertising projects for America and Europe, and part of her work is published illustrating newspaper articles, books and magazines.

In 1997 he collaborated with Unicef ​​and the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia for the rights of children in several campaigns in favor of children. In 2007 she settled in Madrid, and participated in various exhibitions and campaigns on equal rights, gender equality, freedom of expression and ecology. In 2008 she was appointed honorary ambassador of the city of Granada, Spain. In 2009, she was invited to join Cartooning for Peace in France, an organization created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan and cartoonist Plantu. She is also part of the Cartoon Movement, FECO Spain and CartonClub collectives, among others. In 2011 she settled in Texas, United States, and joined the SCBWI Society of Illustrators.

She has been invited to the City of Ideas Mexico meeting, from 2011 to 2016 where she has participated with her drawings. She has also been a jury in prestigious international competitions such as the World Press Cartoon in Portugal, Aydin Dogan in Turkey, Piracicaba Humor Hall in Brazil and many others. She has won more than 60 prizes in graphic humor and illustration contests in Italy, France, Germany, China, Mexico, the United States, Israel, Belgium, etc. In 2013 she won the silver Cannes award at the Illustration Hall “Imagen Word” in Bogotá, a recognition of her work. In 2019 she receives the Notary of humor award, granted by the University of Alicante, Spain.


-Special Mention- LIBEX-2018, by the Euro Mediterranean Center LIBREXPRESSION, Italy, 2018
-Silver award, Green Gem International Competition “Libo International Children Animation and Comics Festival 2018”, China, 2018
-Special Mention- 4th International Caricature Exhibition MIKS “Black Sails” 2018 Sisak, Croatia
-Special prize, VII International “Olive” Cartoons Contest, Cyprus, 2018
-Prize, 2nd International Green Crescent Cartoon Contest, Turkey, 2018
-Grand prize 1st ALEF International Cartoon contest ,Denver, Colorado, USA, 2017
-First prize 23 festival internacional cartoon Haifa, Israel, 2017
-Special mention 3rd MIKS, INTERNATIONAL CARTOON CONTEST, Sisak, Croatia, 2017
-Honorable Mention 11Th HumoDEVA INTERNATIONAL CARTOON CONTEST, Deva, Romania, 2017
-21th Euro-kartoenale Kruishoutem ‘The Soul’ cover Award, Belgium, 2017
-Honorable Mention Cartoonfestival “Bruegel anno 2017” Peer, Belgium, 2017
-Special mention Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) “POR UNA REGIÓN MÁS INTEGRA Y TRANSPARENTE” Washington DC, United States, 2016
-Special mention, 2º International Cartoon Exhibition, Sisak, Croatia, 2016
-Honorific Mention 43º Salón Internacional de Humor de Piracicaba, Brasil, 2016
-First Prize “World Humor Awards”, Italy, 2016-10-16
-8 Internacional cartoon contest “Play to Win”, México, 2016
-Humour a Gallarate, Premio della Giuria, Italy, 2016
-Special Mention in XXIII Rassegna internazionale di satira di Trento, Italy, 2015
-Diploma Dr.Honoris Mention Cartoon & aphorism interfest “Pijanec” – Delcevo, R.Macedonia, 2015
-Prize Cartagena Data Fest -Cartoon Movement competition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2015
-2º Premio Ilustración. XX Salón Mercosur. Premio Diogenes Taborda, Argentina, 2015
-First prize Golden- Novomestský – XVIII Annual biennial competition cartoon, Osten, 2015
-1st Honorable Mention- Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, México 2015
-First Prize, 5th International cartoon competition – BERLIN, Germany. 2014
-Golden Prize, 9th International Cartoon Contest Syria, 2014
-First Prize, 20th International cartoon contest – Haifa 2014
-Honorific Mentión CDI Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla, México, 2014
-First prize in “Top Ten City of Istanbul International Cartoon Exhibition”. Istanbul, 2013
-Price and recognition “cannes de plata” IV Salón de Ilustración Imagen Palabra, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013
-Special Mention Golden Helmet, Serbia, 2013
-Second prize 19 Salon International Cartoon Contest- Haifa Israel, 2013
-5º prize Winner, International Cartoon on Tolerance, Norway, 2013
-Mention Honorífica en el Salón, “Humour a Gallarate” ITALIA, 12/ 2013
-Mention of excellence EXHIBITION OF WINTER HOLIDAYS ” Christmas & Co. Rumania, 2013
-Price KURTUKUNST Gallery Prize, 3rd International Cartoon Competition Berlin, Germany, 2012
-Special Prize in 40th World Gallery of Cartoons – Skopje 2012
-Special prize in Third International City and Citizen Cartoon Contest /Tabriz, 2012 Iran, 2012
-Special Prize in 15 International of cartoon –Haifa, Israel, 2012
-Selection for Joy and Cartoon Museum-İzmir, Turkey- 2012
-DUBACARTOON selected to be part of Ceramic Mural permanent exhibition in the Public Library of Carmen Lyra Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2012
-Prize Internazionale Umoristi a Marostica, Italia, 2011
-Nomination prize “trayectoria en ilustración” SALÓN DE ILUSTRACIÓN IMAGENPALABRA, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011
-First Prize, theme general, 17 Bienal Internacional de Humorismo Gráfico, Cuba 2011
-Honorable mention in the World Press Cartoon, Portugal, 2011
-Honorable mention in Third International Productivity Cartoon Festival – Iran, 20011
-Honorable mention in 14 International of cartoon –Haifa, Israel, 2011
-Prize cartoonist invited, in the 22º Festival Internacional BD de Amadora, Portugal, 2011
-International Prize 2010 Umoristi to Marostica, Marostica, Italy, 2010
-Price and recognition in the XVI International Exhibition of comic and cartoon, Cali, Colombia, 2010
-Award of Excellence at the Second Biennial of Graphic Humor and Cartoon Bogotá, Colombia 2010
-First prize at the Second Biennial of Graphic Humor and Cartoon Bogotá, Colombia 2010
-Honorable mention in Gallarate, Italy, 2010
-Second prize in the “city of ideas” Mexico, 2010
-Bronze Medal at the 2nd International Olive Cartoons Contest – Cyprus, 2009
-International Award in the category for best work, Women Cartoonists Contest 3rd, Cuba, 2009
-First Prize, theme free, 16 International Cartoon Festival “Ricardo Rendon” Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia, 2009
-Second prize in the III GRAPHIC HUMOR CONTEST “SANTOMERA, Murcia, Spain, 2008”
-Mention the 2nd Biennale Internazionale di humor in “wine, humor and fantasy”, Italy 2008
-Second place in the First International Competition of Graphic Humor and caricature “CIUDAD DE BOGOTA”, 2008
-Illustration Award in the exhibition “101 FEAR”, 14 International exhibitions of cartoons and caricatures, Cali, Colombia, 2008
-Honorary Ambassador for the city of Granada, Spain, 2008
-Library Prize CIVIA ‘L. Majno ‘Humour a Gallarate, Italy, 2008
-Honorable Mention in the 15 th INTERNATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL Ricardo Rendon, Colombia, 2008
-Honorable Mention, “Black Cat” cartoon contest web International, Azerbaijan, 2007
-PRIZE Excellency Award, at 5 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION “Caragiale” Romania, 2006
-Artist guest of honor, Colombia, the magazine Entreculturas. AFS INTERNATIONAL, 2005
-Nasreddin Hoca ,Prize, Category Tourism, Turkey, Istanbul, 1993
-Ricardo Rendón Award. First place in the Latin American Festival of Graphic Humor. Bogotá, Colombia 1988

Reference: BEC (the Big Encyclopedia of Caricature), 2010

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