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About Contest Entries

Theme: "Together, we are eco-friendly"

Please think about what we can do to protect our precious global environment and pass it on to future generations, and express your thoughts in your entry.

How to Enter

Entry period

From March 30 (Friday) through September 10 (Monday), 2018 JST.


Any child (aged 6 through 15 years old) from anywhere in the world.

Entry specifications

Picture size:

Your entry should be 392 mm × 542 mm or smaller.


Any means of direct drawing, painting, or coloring - crayon, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic or oil paint, ink, wood or linocut printing, etc. - is allowed. However, works (collage) with pasted elements and works painted on a canvas will not be eligible.

Number of entries:

Only one entry per individual is allowed. Only previously unexhibited works created after January 2018 will be eligible.

Important advice:

Your entry should show that you fully understood and integrated the "Together, we are eco-friendly" theme into your work.
However, the theme should not be a catchy phrase or slogan, but rather artfully expressed in your entry. Freedom of thought that is unique to children and the expressions with full of originality and creativity in your picture are highly recommended.
- Joint works will not be eligible.
- If the picture contains writing, it must not show the name of a specific person, group, trade name, or company. Similarly, pictures showing copies of other artworks, and entries featuring specific characters, names of individuals, companies or products and logos will not be eligible.

How to enter

Download the entry form shown below, fill out the required areas, and paste to the center on the back of your artwork.
Mail your entry to us by postal service. Do not fold or roll up your artwork. Send it in a flat envelope, inserting cardboard or something firm to ensure it does not bend during shipping.

Please read the following instructions before filling out the entry form.

Send entries to

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


(Phone available only on working days from 10:00-17:00 JST, unavailable on weekends and national holidays)

(We will respond to e-mail inquiries within a few days.)


March 30 (Friday), 2018
Start accepting entries

September 10 (Monday), 2018 JST.
Deadline for all entries

Late November 2018
Announcement of winners
(Contest organizers will announce winners on this website as well as directly contact each winner and applicable group.)

December 8 (Saturday), 2018
Awards ceremony for the top nine prizewinners, display of winning works
(Venue: Kao booth at EcoPro 2018)

Late December, 2018
Announcement of winning works

Prizes and Awards Ceremony


"eco together" - Planet Earth Grand Prix: 1 winner (plaque and prize)
"eco together" - Kao Prize: 8 winners (plaque and prize)
Eco Friend Prize: 23 winners (certificate and prize)
Group Prize: 5 groups (certificate and prize)

  • Winners of the "eco together" - Planet Earth Grand Prix and the "eco together" - Kao Prize will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at Tokyo Big Sight on Saturday December 8, 2018, where the EcoPro 2018 exhibition is to be held. Expenses will be paid from anywhere in the world, for the winners and one guardian each.
  • Group Prizes are awarded to elementary and junior-high schools and art classes.
    Prizes will be sent to the five groups that submit the most entries.
  • In each prize category, the number of awards may increase depending on the number of individual and group entries.


  • Contest prizewinners and schools will be notified in late November 2018.
  • Contest results will also be announced on this website.

Awards Ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday December 8, 2018, at Tokyo Big Sight, the venue of EcoPro 2018.
  • The winning works will be on display at Tokyo Big Sight in the Kao booth at EcoPro 2018.
  • The place of the awards ceremony and the works display may be changed.



Mr. Fumikazu Masuda, 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

  • * Members at February 2018.

Conditions of Entry

  • Works, their titles, written messages or descriptions, name, age, local area of residence and nationality may be used or published on website, advertisements, images, publications and exhibitions of Kao or organizations designated by Kao. Works, their titles, written messages or descriptions may also be partially modified on these occasions. In addition, if the entry wins a prize, the photographs taken at the awards ceremony may be used in the same manner as stated above.
  • You agree not to assert any moral rights regarding your entry.
  • Ownership of works belongs to Kao. Original pictures will not be returned.
  • The permission of a parent or guardian is required for entry.
  • Personal information provided with the entry will be used to contact prize winners.

Handling of Personal Information

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