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Kao Announces Winners of the Tenth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children

-Awards Ceremony to be held at EcoPro 2019 event-

Kao Corporation is pleased to announce the winners of the Tenth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children. This year, 16,552 entries were received from Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. The award-winning paintings will be exhibited at the Kao booth at EcoPro 2019, a major event to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on December 5-7. The top-ranking winners are invited from around the world to take part in the awards ceremony at the event.

The contest has been held annually since 2010 and aims to encourage children around the world to think seriously about conservation of the environment around them and to take action in everyday life. Kao will continue to engage in inspiring more people to think about their surrounding environments and lifestyles through these paintings, which are exhibited in various locations throughout Japan, as well through a book published featuring the selected works.



"eco together"-Planet Earth Grand Prix
Name: Kritsakon Chaiwarin (10 years old, Thailand)
Title of work: The Park with Building

Prize Name of the Winner Age Residential Area
“eco together” – Planet Earth Grand Prix (1) Kritsakon Chaiwarin 10 Thailand
“eco together”– Kao Prize (8) Ana Sofia Vazquez Castillo 11 Mexico
Baran Karami 6 Iran
Denis Avdic 14 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ghazaleh Mohammadi 10 Iran
Lily Zhang 15 Canada
Li-Sin Lin 10 Taiwan
Shu-Yen Yeh 13 Taiwan
Yutaro Kotani 10 Japan
Eco Friend Prize /
Jury’s Special Prize (7)
Please refer to the appendix list of winners.
Eco Friend Prize (16)
Group Prize (5)

*Names are in alphabetical order.
*For details, please refer to the appendix list of winners.

*Prize-winning paintings and the awards ceremony scenes will be posted on the Kao Corporation website.

Contest Outline

Theme: "Together, we are eco-friendly"
Aiming at preserving the environment of our precious earth to pass it on to future generations, the contest accepted entries of paintings showing your thoughts.

Conditions for Entry:
Children around the world between the ages of 6 and 15 years

Organized by:
Kao Corporation

Selection Details

Final judgment date:
October 17, 2019

Total entries:
16,552 paintings
(446 items from Japan and 16,106 items from abroad)

Mr. Fumikazu Masuda: Chair of Judges, Former Professor, Tokyo Zokei University
Ms. Sumiko Okubo: Artist
Mr. Kei Matsushita: Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ms. Yoko Oyamada: Artist, Illustrator
Mr. Andreas Schneider: Designer
Mr. Dave Muenz: Executive Officer, Senior Vice President, ESG, Kao Corporation
Mr. Naoto Katahira: President, Creative, Kao Corporation

Award ceremony and exhibition

The awards ceremony and exhibition of award-winning paintings will take place as follows:

Award ceremony
13:30 to 14:00, Saturday, December 7, 2019

Kao Booth at EcoPro 2019
Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall 2 (Booth No. 2-004)

Award recipients:
Winners of "eco together" - Planet Earth Grand Prix and "eco together" - Kao Prize

Award plaques and supplementary prizes will be bestowed on the winners

Thursday, December 5 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

Kao Booth at EcoPro 2019
Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall 2 (Booth No. 2-004)

Works Exhibited:
Award-winning paintings

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Corporate Communications
Kao Corporation


Inquiries regarding the painting contest should be directed to:

Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office


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

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