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António Antunes

António Antunes, better known as António, published his first cartoons in the Lisbon daily República in March 1974.

Later that year, he joined the weekly paper Expresso where he continues to publish his works.

His received awards include: Grand Prix of 20th International Salon of Cartoons (Montreal, Canada, 1983); 1st Prize for Cartoon Editorial of the 23rd International Salon of Cartoons (Montreal, Canada, 1986); Grand Prix of Honor 15th Festival du Dessin Humoristique (Anglet, France, 1993); Award of Excellence – Best Newspaper Design, SND (Stockholm, Sweden, 1995); Premio Internazionale Satira Politica, ex-aequo (Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2002); Grand Prix Stuart Carvalhais (Lisbon, Portugal, 2005); Prix Internationale Presse (Saint-Just-le-Martel, France, 2010).

He has held solo artist exhibitions in Portugal, France, Spain, Brazil, Germany and Luxembourg. He has been jury member at Cartoons Salons in Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Turkey.

António is also dedicated to graphic design, sculpture, medals and he is the author of the artistic animation of Lisbon Airport Metro station, opened in 2012, featuring caricatures of leading personalities in the city, made of embodied stone.

He is the chairman of the jury of the World Press Cartoon, the Salon of which he is the director since its founding in 2005.

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Big Shot Amália Rodrigues

Were our country to have a last name, it most certainly would be Amália. Never before and never again, will the sorrows (and some joy too, of course) be vocalized so truly. And if fado is the sound of Portugal, Amália is its flag. No panthenon could ever by large enough to house her genius and mystery. That’s why we suggestbuilding another one just for her with all the windows of Lisbon. There, overlooking the Tagus river, she’ll be given a proper homage.

The Big Shot Eusébio

On the wings of a panther Portugal flew higher.

This rare fact started with his feet on the ground and flew over the lawns and opponents towards many achievements.

As if by magic, the ball ran towards the Figurão Eusébio almost as much as he ran towards the ball.

Big Shot Fernando Pessoa

Legs are needed so badly, for life runs on and unfolds, and the best way to live life, Fernando, is to feel everything it gives excessively. We lost you to the constant yearning to make the most of life and got instead an immortal poet. It is not a fair trade, yet genius is not a matter of choice, so live like you were another and write on into infinity. Put what you are in the smallest of what you do. Suffering life is not easy and poetry is not for the weak. Legs are needed to carry the weight of your daunting reality. And you, Fernando, need to have lots of them.

The Big Shot Francisco

Good-natured and with an easy joke, the Figurão Francisco took the name of the poor and righteous.

He is the striker with a new message, but he must also play defence of his positions.

Many people don’t like new things.

The Big Shot Merkel

Dressed in an austere European standard dress, this Figurão firmly holds an imperial eagle, ready to fly over the interests of the Union.

Worried posture, curious eyes, the Figurão Merkel seems to know something we would all like to know.