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Kao Announces Winners of the Ninth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children

- Awards Ceremony to be held at EcoPro 2018 event

Kao Corporation is pleased to announce the winners of the Ninth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children. This year, 12,563 entries were received from 44 countries and areas from Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. The award-winning paintings will be exhibited at the Kao booth at EcoPro 2018, a major event to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on December 6-8. The top-ranking winners are invited from around the world to take part in the awards ceremony at the event.

The contest has been held annually since 2010 and aims to encourage children around the world to think seriously about conservation of the environment around them and to take action in everyday life. Kao will continue to engage in inspiring more people to think about their surrounding environments and lifestyles through these paintings, which are exhibited in various locations throughout Japan, as well through a book published featuring the selected works.

1. Results


“eco together”-Planet Earth Grand Prix 
Name: Miho Takemi (10 years old, Japan) 
Title of work: The Road to the Future

Prize Name of the Winner Age Country/Area
“eco together” – Planet Earth Grand Prix (1) Miho Takemi 10 Japan
“eco together”– Kao Prize (8) Alexandra Vyacheslavovna Alimova 10 Russia
Farhan Wibisono Widodo 14 Indonesia
Hoi Ching Pang 6 Hong Kong
Manasvi Harlalka 12 India
Melika Ahadi 10 Iran
Nattha Kaeokamkong 10 Thailand
Sherly Vermont Kwerni 12 Indonesia
Yueheng Hu 8 China
Eco Friend Prize (23) Please refer to the appendix list of winners.
Group Prize (5)
  • * Names are in alphabetical order.
  • * For details, please refer to the appendix list of winners.
  • * Prize-winning paintings and the award ceremony scene will be posted on the Kao Corporation website.

2. Contest Outline


"Together, we are eco-friendly"

Aiming at preserving the environment of our precious earth to pass it on to future generations, the contest accepted entries of paintings showing your thoughts.

Conditions for Entry:

Children around the world between the ages of 6 and 15 years

Organized by:

Kao Corporation

3. Selection Details

Final judgment date:

October 24, 2018

Total entries:

12,563 paintings (848 items from Japan and 11,715 items from abroad)

Number of nationalities:

Entrants from 44 countries and areas


Mr. Fumikazu Masuda:

Chair of Judges, Former Professor, Tokyo Zokei University

Ms. Sumiko Okubo:


Mr. Kei Matsushita:

Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Ms. Yoko Oyamada:

Artist, Illustrator

Mr. Andreas Schneider


Ms. Akemi Ishiwata:

Executive Officer & Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Kao Corporation

Mr. Naoto Katahira

President, Creative, Kao Corporation

4. Award ceremony and exhibition

The award ceremony and exhibition of award-winning paintings will take place as follows.

Award Ceremony


13:30 to 14:00, Saturday, December 8, 2018


Kao Booth at EcoPro 2018
Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 3 (Booth No. 3-026)

Award recipients:

Winners of "eco together" – Planet Earth Grand Prix and “eco together” – Kao Prize


Award plaques and supplementary prizes will be bestowed on the winners



Thursday, December 6 to Saturday, December 8, 2018


Kao Booth at EcoPro 2018
Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 3 (Booth No. 3-026)

Works Exhibited:

Award-winning paintings

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Corporate Communications Departmen
Kao Corporation


Inquiries regarding the painting contest should be directed to:

Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children Office


(weekdays from 10:00–17:00, Japan time)

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