The Kao Group has been holding the Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children since 2010 as a way to consider, through children's artwork, our relationship to the Earth's environment both now and in the future.
Furthermore, in order to allow as many people as possible to view these works, which we hope will inspire them to consider the environment in their everyday lives, we feature the award-winning works in our various outreach programs.
2016 marked the seventh year of the painting contest, and 13,739 entries were submitted from 45 countries and regions around the world. Out of those entries, nine were selected in total for "eco together"-Planet Earth Grand Prix and "eco together"-Kao Prize awards. The winners were invited to the Kao booth at the EcoPro 2016 for the awards ceremony. During an interview session, the children told us about the countries and regions where they're from and the local environments, as well as their thoughts on their paintings.
7th Kao Environment Painting Contest for Children Awards Ceremony (held at the Kao booth at the EcoPro 2016)
Grand Prize winner Akira Kobayashi delivering a speech on behalf of all the award recipients
6th Kao Environment Painting Contest for Children Awards Ceremony
Paintings done from the perspectives of children provide viewers with food for thought. In order to communicate these messages to a wide audience, Kao is creating opportunities for people to see the award-winning paintings both inside and outside Japan.
In addition to plants in Japan, the Kao Museum, and the Eco-Lab Museum, the paintings are lent to traveling exhibits and municipal governments for environmental events within Japan. In 2015, the prizewinning works up until the fifth contest were compiled to create the environment textbook "Thoughts about Tomorrow's Earth" that is used at the Kao Group's various environmental events.
The Kao Group believes that through activities such as these, people all around the world will be inspired by the children's artwork to think about the environments in which they live.
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