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About Contest Entries

Theme: "Let's make our environment sustainable* , together!"

What can we do to protect our precious local and global environment and how can we pass it on to future generations? Please express your thoughts and ideas freely in your painting.

  • * A sustainable environment stays healthy for many, many years into the future. It is a world where all animals and plants live together in harmony without fear.

Entry Guide

Please apply by or under the supervision of a guardian, or a teacher (at a school/ art class).

Entry period

From Wednesday, April 27 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022 23:59 JST.
(JST applies to the description of the date and time below.)


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

  • * As of the end of August 2022

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.

  • * Works with pasted elements (collage), works painted on a canvas and digital art works will not be eligible.

Number of entries:

Only one entry per individual is allowed. Only previously unexhibited works created on and after January 2022 will be eligible.

Important points to note:

Show that you fully understood and integrated the theme "Let's make our environment sustainable, together!" into your work.
Express the theme with a painting, not with a catchy phrase or slogan.
Be creative and ingenious with the free thought of children.

* Works will not be eligible are:
- Joint works,
- Works that are very similar to existing artworks, works determined by Kao as likely to infringe on the rights of third parties, works with a specific character or text (such as personal name, company name, product name or logo.)

How to apply

When applying an entry form, personal information should be filled out by guardian or with a consent of guardian.
Download and use the Entry form shown below.
Type in the required information to this form and print it out or fill out the information after printing this form, then paste it to the center on the back of each entry work.
To prevent from any damage during shipping, mail your entry in a flat envelope, inserting cardboard or something firm.

For detailed information on submission, please see the Contest entry guide below.

Send works to

Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office
8-3-29 Tajima, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-0837, JAPAN

Direct contact for inquiry


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


Wednesday, April 27,2022
Start accepting entries

Tuesday, September 6,2022 23:59 JST.
Deadline for all entries
(Entries must be received by the deadline.)

Late November 2022
Announcement of winners
(The results of the awards will be announced on this website and the winners and the relevant schools will be contacted directly by the Contest Secretariat.)

December 2022
Awards ceremony

Late December 2022
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)

  • Prize goods may be changed without notice.
  • 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.
  • If you cannot be contacted with, the award will be cancelled.


  • Contest prizewinners and schools/art classes will be notified by late November 2022.
  • Contest results will also be announced on this website.

Awards Ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will be held in December 2022.
  • Winners of the "eco together" - Planet Earth Grand Prix and the "eco together" - Kao Prize will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.
  • * It may be held online depending on various circumstances at the scheduled time.



Mr. Fumikazu Masuda, Design consultant, President, open house Inc.


Ms. Sumiko Okubo, Artist
Mr. Kei Matsushita, Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ms. Yoko Oyamada, Artist, Illustrator
Mr. Andreas Schneider, Designer
Mr. Yasunori Hosokawa, Director, Kao Eco-Lab Museum, Kao Corporation
Mr. Naoto Katahira, Vice President, Creative, Kao Corporation

Conditions of Entry

  • Works, their titles, written messages or descriptions, name, age, residential area 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 for the operation and management of the contest including the contact to prizewinners at the time of the award. In addition, we may provide this information the contractor with the scope necessary to outsource the contest.

Handling of Personal Information

Kao Group companies abide by the following Kao Group Privacy Policy. Please familiarize yourself with these contents before using this website and/or submitting an entry to the contest.

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