The Kao Group has been holding the Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children since 2010 as a way to consider, through children's artwork, our relationship to the Earth's environment both now and in the future.
Furthermore, in order to allow as many people as possible to view these works, which we hope will inspire them to consider the environment in their everyday lives, we feature the award-winning works in our various outreach programs.
2017 marked the eighth year of the painting contest, and 11,048 entries were submitted from 41 countries and regions around the world. Out of those entries, nine were selected in total for "eco together"-Planet Earth Grand Prix and "eco together"-Kao Prize awards. The winners were invited to the Kao booth at EcoPro 2017 for the awards ceremony. During an interview session, the children told us about their thoughts on their paintings.
8th Kao Environment Painting Contest for Children Awards Ceremony (held at the Kao booth at EcoPro 2017)
Grand Prize winner Suriya Patoomwan delivering a speech on behalf of all the award recipients
Paintings done from the perspectives of children provide viewers with food for thought. In order to communicate these messages to a wide audience, Kao is creating opportunities for people to see the award-winning paintings both inside and outside Japan.
In addition to plants in Japan, the Kao Museum, and the Eco-Lab Museum, the paintings are lent to traveling exhibits and municipal governments for environmental events within Japan. In 2015, the prizewinning works up until the fifth contest were compiled to create the environment textbook "Thoughts about Tomorrow's Earth" that is used at the Kao Group's various environmental events.
The Kao Group believes that through activities such as these, people all around the world will be inspired by the children's artwork to think about the environments in which they live.
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