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More than 600 entries were received from area students in grades five through 12 for The Buffalo News’ 22nd annual Editorial Cartoon Contest.

The winners were selected by the News’ Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Adam Zyglis, who will present the awards at a reception Tuesday evening at The News.

“This year’s contest was a huuuge success, as the presumptive GOP nominee would say,” Zyglis noted. “Beating out over 600 entries, the winners were effective in expressing strong opinions with original and thought-provoking concepts.

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Gallery of winners and their cartoons

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“As expected, we received dozens of entries on the ongoing presidential campaign, with Trump-themed cartoons taking the lion’s share,” he said.

“Other relevant topics from the past year were also represented, such as the growing opt-out movement and the opioid epidemic. And the perennial issues of climate change, teen bullying and the effects of social media, continued to hold their own among the entries,” he added.

The first-place cartoons in each of the four divisions can be viewed here. To see all the winning entries, visit BuffaloNews.com.