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Entries Now Open for the Eighth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children

The Eighth Kao International Painting Contest for Children is now open for entries, as at March 27, 2017, according to Kao Group.
Kao Group conducts the Kao International Painting Contest every year since its launch in 2010 as part of its environmental initiatives. The theme for this year is "Together, we are eco-friendly". Kao invites children to create works that express the small steps they can take every day, their dreams, and hopes for an eco-friendly world.
The contest aims to encourage children around the world to think seriously about protecting of the environment around them and to depict what they can do to conserve resources in everyday life, as they will also be the leaders of the future. Children are encouraged not only to take action as depicted in their paintings but also to encourage their friends and adults to take action in the same way. Last year, 13,739 entries were received from 45 countries and regions, including Japan. Cumulative entries received since 2010 now total 59,261 paintings.
Prize winners will be announced on Kao website in November and Prize-winning works will be on display at the Kao booth in the EcoPro 2017 exhibition to be held in Tokyo in December. Winners of the eco together Planet Earth Grand Prix and the eco together Kao Prize will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony held at the venue.
Since announcing the Kao Environmental Statement in 2009, the Kao Group has been active in environmental conservation aligned with the theme of eco together, partnering with consumers, business partners, and communities. Kao Group will continue to strive to contribute to building a sustainable society through proactive engagement of our stakeholders to build trust and closer relationships.


Awards Ceremony for the Seventh Kao
International Enviroment Painting Contest for Children


Grand Prix winner Akira Kobayashi
delivering his speech

Outline of the Eighth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children

Theme: "Together, we are eco-friendly"
To protect our precious world, please think of what we should do, and make a painting showing what we can do in our daily life: such as to use water and electricity without wasting it; to use limited resources carefully for long period of time through reuse and recycle; to choose and use ecology-oriented products; to protect nature by taking care of the woods and animals; and others.

Children around the world between the ages of 6 and 15 years old

Please send pictures to:
Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office
8-3-29 Tajima, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-8507 JAPAN

Entry deadline:
Paintings must be received by midnight Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Japan Standard Time (JST)

Results announcement and award ceremony
By late November 2017, the winners and their schools will be notified of the results. The results will also be posted on the Kao website. On Saturday December 9, 2017, at Tokyo Big Sight, the prizes will be awarded in a ceremony at the EcoPro 2017 exhibition.

  • * The winners of the eco together Planet Earth Grand Prix and the eco together Kao Prize (including winners from abroad) and one accompanying guardian will be invited to attend the award ceremony.
  • * The winning works will be announced and exhibited at the Kao Booth at the EcoPro 2017 exhibition.
  • * The place of the award ceremony and the works display may be changed.

Mr. Fumikazu Masuda: Judge Chair, Former Professor, Tokyo Zokei University
Ms. Sumiko Okubo: Artist
Mr. Kei Matsushita: Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ms. Yoko Oyamada: Illustrator
Mr. Andreas Schneider: Designer
Ms. Akemi Ishiwata: Executive Officer, Kao Corporation
Mr. Naoto Katahira: Vice President, Creative, Kao Corporation
As of March 2017

  • * For entry details, please refer to the Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children website as follows.

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

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Entry inquiries should be directed to:

Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office


(weekdays from 10:00–17:00, Japan time)

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