The Rotary Cartoon Awards are an initiative of the Coffs City Rotary Club. The competition commenced in 1989 and is run by the National Cartoon Gallery (on behalf of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc), a not-for-profit registered charity, established by The Coffs City Rotary Club in 1995. Sponsorship of the Awards by The Coffs City Rotary Club plus sales of cartoon copies at the Gallery, together with other valuable community support enables the Awards to continue to be held each year – to date contributing more than 21,000 works to the 23,500
cartoons held in our collection.

The aim of the Awards is to promote and support cartooning, cartoon artists and The Gallery, Australia’s only original cartoon gallery, the Awards will further establish the City of Coffs Harbour as the ‘Cartoon Capital of Australia’. The 31st Rotary Cartoon Awards is supported by the Australian Cartoonists’ Association.