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About Contest Entries

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.

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 freely in your entry.

How to Enter

Entry period

From Monday, March 23 through Friday, September 4, 2020 JST.


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

  • * As of the end of August 2020

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, 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 after January 2020 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. (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.

Send entries to

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

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 in Tokyo on Friday, December 4, 2020. 
  • 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/art classes will be notified in late November 2020.
  • Contest results will also be announced on this website.

Awards Ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will be held in Tokyo on Friday, December 4, 2020.



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

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 to contact prizewinners as the management of the contest 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 Privacy Policy of Kao Group Companies in Japan and our Privacy Policy. Please familiarize yourself with these contents before using this website and/or submitting an entry to the contest.

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