Discover the winners of the jury and the public of the cartoon or illustration contest: The future of work.

We invite the general public to the meet the finalists, that due to the large number of good quality nominations, the Bank decided to increase the number to 15.


Technology is going to change how human beings work, in companies from all sectors and even in government. In this new edition of the cartoon and illustration contest, we invite you to show us how you imagine that technology will shape work in the future.


Will robots end up doing our jobs? Or will new job opportunities be created for humans? Technology will undoubtedly change how human beings work in companies from all sectors and even in government. In this new cartoon and illustration contest, we invite you to show us how you imagine technology will shape work in the future.

As machines and artificial intelligence have been incorporated into some companies in developed countries, workers from different sectors in countries with lower income levels have lost their jobs. Allowing robots to perform the most routine tasks can open up a new world of possibilities, where we can be more creative and enjoy other advantages such as greater flexibility and free time. In sectors where the human touch is essential, people will continue to be the main actors, but increasingly they will work hand in hand with technology to provide better services.

The use of new technologies will not only affect work in private companies; it will also change the way governments function. Public officials will have new tools that will allow them to be more efficient and provide better services. For example, georeferencing can help police improve their efforts to fight crime, and online transactions can improve the experience of citizens.

Previous editions of this contest used cartoons as a way to draw attention to the corruption and red tape in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this third edition, the contest focuses on the future of work—for the private sector and the government—and extends its spectrum beyond cartoons to include all types of illustrations. In particular, we wish to find examples of:

  • Robots as allies of humans in the workplace.
  • The impact of the automation of production processes in developed countries on the job stability of workers in Latin America and the Caribbean (for example, in the automotive sector or in customer service centers).
  • Changes in working styles and new labor relations that are emerging through technology, in both the public and private sectors. One example is the gig economy or platform economy.
  • Changes in government work, taking advantage of technologies to provide better services to citizens and equip managers to make better decisions.
  • Technological advances that help improve the quality of social services in sectors such as education and health.
  • Women taking advantage of the opportunities created by new technologies in the workplace. Will these technological advances increase the gender wage gap? Will they help balance family and work responsibilities?


The jury selected by the IDB will choose a total of up to 10 finalists, from which it will select two winners: one chosen by the jury and another chosen by the public.

All-expenses-paid trip to an IDB event in Washington D.C. or one of its member countries.

Large professional illustration device.

A certificate accrediting status as a winner chosen by the jury.


Large professional illustration device.

A certificate accrediting status as a winner chosen by the public.


A certificate accrediting status as a finalist.

Exhibition of works at the IDB headquarters in Washington D.C. and Country Offices.



The Cartoon and Illustration Contest: The Future of Work is open to cartoonists and illustrators who are citizens of all Latin America and Caribbean nations that are IDB members.

Participants must submit works of their authorship that are original or have been published in their own name.

Each Participant may submit up to 3 works.

Works must be submitted exclusively in digital format, in color or black-and-white, in TIFF or JPG files of between 5 MB and 10 MB, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Short texts may be included in the cartoon or illustration, which may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

To maintain the contest’s relevance over time, the works should highlight ideas more than specific events related to the current political situations of countries.

An Organizing Committee will be formed by 3 IDB representatives.

Before submitting works to the Jury, the Organizing Committee will disqualify any works that:

  • Do not comply with the contest rules and regulations;
  • Promote any kind of political and/or religious proselytism;
  • Display vulgar behaviors or expressions, or whose content is considered indecent or obscene;
  • Use content that violates or infringes the rights of a third party;
  • Use content that may be considered defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
  • Use content that promotes intolerance, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

IDB employees may participate in the contest, but they will not be able to receive the professional digital illustration device or the travel prize for the IDB event.

For more information, please read the contest rules here.


Application process begins: February 25, 2019

Application deadline: March 31, 2019

Selection of finalists: April 2019

Voting period for the public’s selection: May 2019

Announcement of winners in the jury and public categories: May 2019


Inter-American Development Bank: Since its creation in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has supported the regional development of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through innovative and effective solutions to the challenges for economic, social, institutional and environmental development in the region. IDB’s work throughout these years, supporting its clients in the design of projects and offering financial and technical assistance and knowledge services in support of various interventions, has played a key role in laying the foundations for sustainable development and the reduction of poverty and inequality in the region.