The Kao Group has held this contest annually since 2010, with the aim of encouraging children around the world to think seriously about conservation of the environment around them and of the earth, as well as about the earth's future, and express their thoughts in paintings, which will also hopefully encourage people around the world to take action in their daily life to preserve the environment.
For this seventh contest, we received as many as 13,739 entries from 45 countries and regions. We will introduce 33 of these entries with the children's message through their paintings, which have been selected under strict criteria.
I feel like I can hear the heartbeat of the trees when I walk into the forest. It provides me with energy. My spirit is rejuvenated. For this work, I expressed the inaudible heartbeat of the trees. I represented the voices of the forest by incorporating a heartbeat and energy into each and every detail. Furthermore, I wanted to convey that humans and life exist thanks to forests. I wanted to portray the silent voices of the forest.
The motif is simple, with only a single tree, but the expressions are extremely refined to the finest detail. Even though there are no humans, it causes viewers to think of many people taking care of the tree, nurturing the ground and trimming it. The painting is refined yet dynamic and is full of powerful energy. While many entries try too hard to explain themselves, this entry thoroughly communicates its message with just the life of the tree, without people or animals, fully deserving of the Planet Earth Grand Prix.
That was someday in the past. Except for God, nobody was there. Teeny whales were playing in the sea. Ships and a giraffe were also playing on the planet. Long neck giraffe looked into the water and said hello to the fishes and teeny whales. "Can you join us and play", the giraffe said. "I have to stay here to stay alive. I will die if I come out", the teeny whale said. "Stay in the water, and I stay in the land. We can still play together", the giraffe said.
Inside the earth's greenery, there are a giraffe, a rabbit, a sheep, a cow, and in the blue part in the water, a penguin and fish. The painting communicates the wonders of nature and life in a simple manner. It is filled with brightness and vigor, probably showing the world where the painter feels most at peace. The sense of color is also excellent; the screen is accented in places with the white of the rabbit, sheep and the cow, the yellow of the giraffe, and the purple of the house and fish. The well-balanced use of color portrays the painter's natural gift of senses.
Rabbits are my favorite animals. Like many animals, they have been hunted for their fur, tusks and meat. Some of them are even bordering on extinction. Likewise, I hope to be able to grow up in an environment filled with real animals and not just "stuffed toys" as in this picture where the children can only appreciate animals as toys in their living rooms and not be able to see them in their live forms. Though cute as toys, we must learn to take care and protect animals. When I chose toys, I make sure they are also not made up of real fur.
The painter thought "Everyone loves bunny dolls but what are the real bunnies doing?" It gently inspired the painter to let them play together outdoors, and the painting expresses a happy world view where bunny dolls and real bunnies, and humans, all happily coexist. The warm facial expression of the bunny and the heart-shaped snout are cute, and the smudged red and blue cleverly enhance the pure and cute ambience of this painting.
Whatever happened to all the trees? The world used to be populated with trees. But now they are being replaced with office buildings. There used to be this tree by my house and I used to hide behind it during hide and seek. Later on it was cut down. Trees are beautiful and if we don't keep them then later generations will not see their beauty. Also, trees give us oxygen.
In conclusion, we should be saving trees and planting more instead of cutting them down. The forests would stay pretty. The trees will stay beautiful. We will be able to breathe well. What do we need more oxygen or office buildings?
The painting depicts a scene where people are going to a forest together. There is no special message, yet it causes you to feel as if you are in the forest, and the liveliness of the trees filling the screen also fully expresses the love of nature to the viewers. There are many things we can notice and think about when we actually visit a forest and put ourselves in the middle of nature. The natural expressions, which form the very character of this painting, wake us up to this simple realization.
Every day we use natural resources in some ways. My drawing shows the need of changing human minds. We must turn our minds in nature's advantage. Because if we don't change ourselves, we will lose our treasure; fresh air, the colors of the nature, the diversity of the world.
My appeal is: Think green! Follow the signs of the nature!
There is something like a tree, seemingly paired with a child who is upside down. The road in the background probably leads to the future. The road sign carries messages about what we humans should be doing. For this child, the messages all show normal actions and the child is probably wondering why adults have not taken these actions so far. The painting shows the attitude of people facing today's issues, while sharply asking "Who made the world like this?"
Wind power and solar power which are used for generating electricity for use in everyday life are clean and pure natural energy sources. I got this idea and drew this picture showing happy people who are having fun using energy from the nature. Natural energy brings people closer to the nature, giving them good life and good health without pollution.
It successfully communicates the message that we should incorporate environment-friendly things in our daily lives. The combination of motifs is also unique, with a bicycle and a windmill, both of which commonly share the rotating motion. Its colors and composition are simple, like the blue leaves scattered across the screen and the brown tree trunk, the red roof of a house, and the yellow windmill blades, yet one cannot help but sense the painter's character in them. The casually painted purple elephant and birds are also sweet. As if moving along with the windmill blades, there is a fine and soft-lined circle, which is probably the wind. There is a high level of expression.
The composition suggests the harmony between humans and nature, how nature reflects in flowers, lips, eyes...
An old Romanian adage says "the eyes are the mirror of the soul". The aesthetic elements used were by no means accidental. The owl looking only ahead means an ancient symbol of the European culture representing wisdom and reason, and that has to follow each human's act.
The multitude of colours used means my inner joy, the purity and innocence of my age.
In a straightforward manner, the painting communicates the desire to protect the environment where people can coexist with owls and horned owls. The ardently painted person has a dramatic facial expression, trying to appeal something. When we take a closer look, we see the eyes are a flower and the sun, trying to appeal his case regarding something. The depth of knowledge and observation is quite astounding, as represented by the clear differentiation between the owl and the horned owl. The painting has rich expressions and causes viewers to want to stop and have a closer look.
Learning about the environment can be done by any tools. This is the performance of the drama about the importance of protecting the environment and how to protect the nature.
Through this drama, the children will be taught that when we care and have the intention to protect the nature, the trees, mountain, birds, sun and all parts of the nature will smile happily.
In recent years, environmental pollution is becoming a concern in Indonesia as the country's economy grows. However, Indonesians are acutely aware of that, and are wanting to have a correct understanding of the issue. The center stage vibrantly voices eco-friendliness and what must be done for a better future in the form of a play. Actions for tackling environmental problems can often be preachy but the painting shows them as a play that should be enjoyed and shared. These inspirations and focus are outstanding.
There was a time where everything was perfectly beautiful, no pollution, no worries. Now, we still can go back to that time whenever we do one simple movement. Recycling can get us back to that mythical moment.
Frogs are a symbol of biodiversity and environmental quality. The painting is probably saying as long as this frog stays well, the environment remains healthy. The cheerful frog looking up, with its eggs and tadpoles, seems to express hope that leads to the future. The children may be happy to have found this cheery frog. Every leaf and petal carries different patterns but they are all in harmony, the composition is superb.
The poetic yet personal expression is excellent. The entry entails a deep message that if each person is happy, it will eventually cause the entire world to be happy. Despite its incredibly solitary appearance, the entry is actually full of hope.
The entry communicates the desire to preserve the country's traditional culture. With an excellent composition, the painter manages to put majestic motifs like the joy of life and change of seasons into one screen.
The watering can suggests the act of saving water. There are many other clues hidden in the ground where the plants take roots. The smiling flower looks as if it is saying small efforts in our daily lives will maintain the earth's environment.
The size of motifs and perspectives are varied for the rich nature, clean air and lively animals, but they are put together well as an artwork. It also expresses a world full of happiness.
It paints a simple picture of people planting young rice plants, but the people look shiny and golden, as if gods are inside them. Each person is distinct and has a rich facial expression, conveying their characters and personalities.
The motif is a light bulb. Inside are vibrant images of beautiful mountains, the sea and people playing. As if to save power itself, the light bulb is pressing the light switch. A richly imaginative entry.
The painting is saying children can play at night as long as there are fireflies around. They probably want to preserve the firefly-friendly environment with their own hands. The dimly shining light shows hopes for the future.
Opposing elements like happiness and unhappiness fill every corner of the screen, oozing a unique depth and density. The young leaves in the hands of the person in the center probably embrace hopes for the future.
Insects in the nocturnal forest and a beautiful moon come to life, around the owl. The whizzing fireflies are beautifully painted. The entry suggests there is a bright world even without electricity; an excellent sense of colors.
While many entries feature vivid colors, this entry is monochromatic, with patches of light colors, suggesting the breath of life and hope for the future. Assortments of refined expressions are also marvelous.
Humans, animals and plants are living happily together. The entry gives viewers a warm feeling. It is wrong to think all is well if only humans are happy-every creature should be happy. The poignant cry is very clear.
The people look as if they are caring for the plant, but surrounded by concrete, they also look as if they are working hard to revive few surviving plants. Despite the simple composition, the entry offers many interpretations.
Through the pure expression, viewers can see the painter is probably trying hard to think about environmental issues in his own way. Each water drop carries a face. Unadulterated, pure inspiration fills the screen.
A very lively painting. Maybe the people are picking up recyclable objects. It is touching to see the way they pick them up or raise them above their heads with such care. It has the air of people taking action while enjoying themselves.
With rapid motorization, Indonesia is suffering from many traffic accidents. The people filling the street show a strong will to restore a safe society and environment, but they also have heart-warming gentle faces.
The motif is a tree leaf. The upper part is factory chimneys and smoke emitting from them and the lower part is animals and plants. Shows great imagination and skillful composition. The sense of colors and the technique with slight gradations are also excellent.
The entry shows a friendly family atmosphere. The warm atmosphere and facial expressions of each person are charming. The unique idea of the 4-people bicycle shows family love.
Everything under the sun is on a large leaf, including a family. The entry acutely conveys the painter's desire to protect fertile nature and peaceful living. There are many motifs and colors but they are put together well as a work of art.
People are working together to support one big tree. If even one person lets go, things may never return to normal again. The painting communicates the desire to preserve nature with everyone, in a simple manner.
An entry full of emotions. A rich world view, beautifully summarized. The main motif, the elephant, is a symbol of happiness in Thailand. Its bold and euphoric expression is wonderful.
Maybe the people in pink are fairies of the forest. They take care of fish and frogs, and water the plants with a watering can. The entry suggests that each person's compassion and action leads to the preservation of environment.
Sprawling, majestic nature is painted in rich colors, showing a determination to preserve this landscape forever. The river probably leads to the ideal future, as implied by the moving boat.
The colorful patches of red and yellow are eye-catching. A single tree emerges among skyscrapers that fill the town, and birds create a nest in the tree. Maybe this is the starting point of a new landscape? The painting suggests such hope.
Lively expressions, with a physical technique in the background like the droppings. With only a few colors, it clearly expresses the ideal world where nature is one with civilization.
View the winning works of the 7th contest here.
You can find more information on screening and final selection, general remarks by the judges, and Awards Ceremony for 7th Painting Contest at the following page.