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

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November 29, 2023 (press release) –


Kao Corporation is pleased to announce the winners of the Fourteenth Kao International Environment Painting Contest for Children. This year, in the 14th contest, we received 15,916 entries from all over the world. For the theme "Let's make our environment sustainable* , together!", each of the works was filled with diversity and many of them were honestly expressed the children’s wishes depicting "we want to live like this", "This is the future we desire".

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 also continue to engage in inspiring more people to think about their surrounding environments and lifestyles through the exhibitions of award-winning works, art events, videos that convey the children's thoughts and wishes, and Online Museum on Kao website.



“eco together”- Planet Earth Grand Prix
Name: Kodchapan Malisorn (14 years old)
Title of work: "Buuat Pa" - The Buddhist ritual to conserve forest


Prize Winners Age Residential Area
“eco together”‐ Planet Earth Grand Prix (1) Kodchapan Malisorn 14 Thailand
“eco together”‐ Kao Prize (8) Chien-jou Lin 12 Taiwan
Kanyaphon Kaentao 10 Thailand
Lai Chean Loo 10 Malaysia
Melek Gunerova 9 Bulgaria
Nagisa Ichihara 11 Japan
Olexandra Sergijivna Palii 11 Ukraine
Titaree Kaensontea 9 Thailand
Zoey Huang 7 Taiwan
Eco Friend Prize / Jury's Special Prize (7) Please refer to the appendix list of winners.
Eco Friend Prize (16)
Group Prize (5)

*Names are in alphabetical order. For details, please refer to the appendix list of winners.
*Presentation of winning works and Preliminary and final screenings will be posted on the Kao Corporation website later.

Contest Outline

  • 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.
  • Eligibility
    Children around the world between the ages of 6 and 15 years
  • Organized by
    Kao Corporation

Screening Details

  • Final Screening date
    October 11, 2023
  • Total entries
    15,916 paintings (798 works from Japan and 15,118 works from abroad)
  • Juries
    Mr. Fumikazu Masuda: Chair of Juries, 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

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for the top prize winners will be held by online in December 2023.

With the corporate purpose “To realize a Kirei World in which all life lives in harmony,” Kao Group established its ESG strategy, the Kirei Lifestyle Plan in April 2019, and since 2021, has been employing the Kao Group Mid-term Plan 2027 (K27) with its vision of “protecting future lives” and “sustainability as the only path.”
Kao will continue seeking to build the future of our children’s dreams “A world of harmony and potential for all life”.

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products and services that provide care and enrichment for the life of all people and the planet. 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 business, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,550 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 35,400 people worldwide and has 136 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.


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