The Special Measure on the Deadline
The entry of the Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children has opened as planned. However, suspension or delay on international mail services have been reported in some countries and areas.
Take that into account, we are announcing the special measure on the 2020 deadline as entry works received at the office of Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children after September 4, 2020 deadline will be kept as being eligible for the 2021 contest. They will be screened together with the 2021 entries.
If you win an award for the 2021 contest, we will inform you through the contact information provided us when you applied in 2020.
Please note that we are not able to respond individually on inquiry regarding the entry date of your work.
Please think about what we can do to protect our precious global environment and pass it on to future generations and express your thoughts freely in your entry.
From Monday, March 23 through Friday, September 4, 2020 JST.
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. However, works (collage) with pasted elements, works painted on a canvas and digital art works will not be eligible.
Only one entry per individual is allowed. Only previously unexhibited works created after January 2020 will be eligible.
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.
Download the entry form shown below, fill out the required areas, and paste to the center on the back of your artwork. (Fillable PDF form)
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.
Entry with a work attached on e-mail is disqualified.
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, March 23, 2020
Start accepting entries
Friday, September 4, 2020 JST.
Deadline for all entries
Late November 2020
Announcement of winners
(Contest organizers will announce winners on this website as well as directly contact each winner and applicable group.)
Friday, December 4, 2020
Awards ceremony for the top nine prize winners in Tokyo.
Late December 2020
Announcement of winning works
"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, 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
Mr. Dave Muenz, Senior Vice President, ESG, Kao Corporation
Mr. Naoto Katahira, President, Creative, Kao Corporation