The international postal service has been suspended or delayed in some countries and regions currently. In consideration of present postal circumstances, the entry deadline for this year has been postponed to Thursday, September 30 (23:59 Japan Standard Time).
The entries received after Thursday, September 30 will be screened together with the entries for next year, 2022. If you win an award for the 2022 contest, we will inform you through the contact information provided us when you applied in 2021.
Please note that we are not able to respond individually on inquiry regarding the entry date of your work.
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.
Please entry by or under the supervision of a guardian, or a teacher (at a school/ art class).
From Monday, April 26 through Monday, September 6, 2021 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.
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.
Only one entry per individual is allowed. Only previously unexhibited works created on and after January 2021 will be eligible.
Your entry should show that you fully understood and integrated the " Let's make our environment sustainable, together! " theme into your work.
However, the theme should not be expressed with a catchy phrase or slogan, but rather artful painting in your entry. Freedom of thought that is unique to children and the expressions with full of originality and creativity in your painting are highly recommended.
- Joint works will not be eligible.
- 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) will not be eligible.
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.
Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office
Address: 8-3-29 Tajima, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-0837, 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.)
Monday, April 26,2021
Start accepting entries
Monday, September 6,2021 23:59 JST.
Deadline for all entries
(Entries must be received by the deadline.)
Late January 2022
Announcement of winners
(Contest organizers will announce winners on this website as well as directly contact each winner and applicable group.)
Late February 2022
Announcement of winning works
Awards ceremony for the top nine prize winners in Tokyo
"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)
Mr. Fumikazu Masuda, Design consultant, President, openhouse Inc.
Ms. Sumiko Okubo, Artist
Mr. Kei Matsushita, Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ms. Yoko Oyamada, Illustrator
Mr. Andreas Schneider, Designer
Mr. Dave Muenz, Senior Vice President, ESG, Kao Corporation
Mr. Naoto Katahira, Vice President, Creative, Kao Corporation