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 Friday, April 21 through Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 23:59 JST.

  • * JST applies to the description of the date and time.


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

  • * As of the end of August 2023

Entry specifications

  1. Picture size: (min) 271mm×392mm ~ (max) 392mm×542mm
  2. Medium: Any means of direct drawing, painting, or coloring ‒ crayon, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic or oil paint, ink, wood or linocut printing, etc. ‒ is allowed.
  3. Creation: Only one entry per individual is allowed. Only previously unexhibited work created by the applicant him/herself after January 2023 will be accepted.
  4. Important notice: Please note that the following works are not eligible for judging.
  • Works without attaching ‘entry form’
  • Works with pasted elements including paper (collage)
  • Works painted on canvas
  • Digital art works
  • Works containing text such as slogans or catchphrases, likely found on posters
  • Works containing specific characters, logos and names of individuals, companies, products, etc.
  • Works that are very similar to existing artworks, or determined by Kao as likely to infringe on the rights of third parties
  • Joint Works

How to apply

When applying an entry form, personal information should be filled out by guardian or with a consent of guardian.

  • Fill in all required information on the ‘Entry form’ on the back of the ‘Contest entry guide’ and paste it to the center of the back of your work.
    Download and use the Entry form shown below.
  • Send it in a flat envelope, inserting cardboard or something firm to ensure it does not bend during shipping.
  • Applying a work attached on e-mail is disqualified.

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)


Friday, April 21, 2023: Start accepting entries
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 23:59 JST.: Deadline for all entries

  • * Entries must be received by the deadline.

Late November 2023: Announcement of winners

  • * The results of the awards will be announced on this website, and the winners or their schools will be contacted directly by the Contest Secretariat.

December 2023: Awards ceremony
Late December 2023: 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 we are unable to reach you, your award will be canceled.


  • Contest prizewinners and schools/art classes will be notified by late November 2023.
  • Contest results will also be announced on this website.

Awards Ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will be held in December 2023.
  • 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



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

  • The permission of a parent or guardian is required for entry.
  • Ownership of works belongs to Kao. Original pictures will not be returned.
  • Works, their titles, written messages or descriptions, name, age, residential area etc. 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.
  • 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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