Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content




The Mahmoud Kahil Award program aims to promote comics, editorial cartoons and illustrations in the Arab world through the recognition of the rich talent and creative achievement of comics artists, cartoonists and illustrators in the region.

The award program was established in 2014, under the Mu​​’taz & Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut, to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the late Mahmoud Kahil, one of the leading cartoonists and caricaturists of the Arab World, and a former AUB graduate.

A call to submit work in the various categories listed below is launched annually, when nominations will be assessed and voted on by a selected jury panel revealed during the launch, and the winners will be announced and honored at the awards ceremony in March of each year.

The Award Categories:

  • Editorial Cartoons ($10,000)
  • Graphic Novels ($10,000)
  • Comic Strips ($6,000)
  • Graphic Illustrations ($5,000)
  • Children’s Book Illustrations ($5,000)

Additionally, two honorary awards will be made:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Hall of fame, recognizing an outstanding dedication and service for a minimum of 25 years in the fields of graphic arts and cartoons

  • The Comics Guardian Award, recognizing those who have extensively supported comics and cartoons in the Arab world through preserving, collecting, promoting, publishing, teaching or exhibiting this Art, and thereby contributing to the cultural heritage of the region.

For more information, visit

Mahmoud Kahil Award

Congratulations to all the Winners of Mahmoud Kahil Award 2016!​

The Honorary Winners are:

Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award: Habib Haddad

Comics Guardian Award: Cairo Comix Festival, founded by Shennawy, Magdy ElShafei, Mohammad ElSeht and Haitham ElSeht


The Prize Winning categories went to:

Editorial Cartoons: Doaa AlAdl

Graphic Novels: Fouad Mezher

Comic Strips: Othman Selmi

Graphic Illustrations: Muhammad Mustafa

Children's book illustration: Maya Fidawi

Mahmoud Kahil Award 2016 Trophy                         

Contact us Jobs Disclaimer Copyright Non-Discrimination/Title IX