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The International Children's Painting Competition

Nikon believes that it is important to foster environmental conservation awareness among children who are going to be our future, in order to preserve this precious earth for future generations. Nikon has hence been organizing the International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE).

The competition calls for children aged 6 to 14 to "send a message around the world to conserve the earth through posters" on the year's theme. The competition has received about 4.37 million entries from over 100 countries.

Each year in the autumn and for an approximate six-month period, the competition invites children to enter their paintings from across the globe. After undergoing regional screenings in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, North America and West Asia, prize-winners are selected at the following year's global screening convention which takes place in the spring.

Nikon hopes that children will develop their awareness for environmental conservation through the medium of painting. Nikon also seeks to appeal to as many people as possible about the importance of environmental conservation by showcasing the winning entries at exhibitions and printing them onto postcards and calendars for distribution.

The 23rd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment: Food Waste

The theme of the 23rd competition is "Food Waste".
The organizers invited children from all over the world to submit entries for the 23rd competition. The entry period ran from September 2013 until March 15, 2014.
The subthemes were "Save the Planet - Save Food", "Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet".

Global and Regional Winners

The competition received 69,375 entries from around the world. From these entries, six regional winners were chosen at screenings held in six regions in April 2014, and then 56 global winners, ranging from 1st prize to 5th prize, were chosen at the global screening convention in May 2014.
Global 1st and 2nd prize winners and regional winners are shown below:
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1st prize global winner 2nd prize global winner Africa regional winner Asia and the Pacific regional winner Europe regional winner Latin America and the Caribbean regional winner North America regional winner West Asia regional winner
  • *Winner profiles are those of when the 23rd competition was held.

All winning entries are shown on the shared album of NIKON IMAGE SPACE (photo sharing and storage service).

Award Ceremony


Sami Asim Khan , the 1st prize global winner, received the award plaque from Kenya's First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta. Person at the right in the photo is Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

The award ceremony for the 23rd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment was held at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on June 23, 2014. It was the opening day of the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) with 163 participating member states.
The 1st prize global winner, 13-year-old Sami Asim Khan from the United States, and six other top-ranked winners were invited to the ceremony. They received prize money, an award plaque and were congratulated by the ministers for the environment and other cabinet members from a variety of nations.

  • *Winner profiles are those of when the 23rd competition was held.

Relaying Messages from Children


Exhibition at the UNEP Information Corner in the Northern Concourse of Tokyo Big Sight

Nikon exhibits award winning paintings of the International Children's Painting Competition at the UNEP Information Corner in Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo, and Aichi to convey children's messages of appealing for environmental conservation to many people. Nikon holds this panel exhibition in cooperation with the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Association of the Earth, which promotes UNEP in Japan. Its activities include publishing Japanese versions of UNEP's official magazines such as "Our Plant" and "TUNZA".
Nikon also supports the promotion of these official magazines. For this reason, the winning paintings of the International Children's Paining Competition are alternately exhibited with UNEP's environmental information panels at the UNEP Information Corner.

For more information about the UNEP Information Corner, please visit the Association of the Earth's website.

Past Painting Competitions

The inaugural painting competition took place in 1991. Nikon has been co-sponsoring the event since the fifteenth competition was held in 2006, which embraced the theme of "Deserts and Desertification".

All the past paintings are kept as precious materials at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto.

Theme of Past Painting Competitions

2013 22nd Painting Competition: "Water: Where does it come from?"
2012 21st Painting Competition: "Green communities"
2011 20th Painting Competition: "Life in the Forests(Biodiversity)"
2010 19th Painting Competition: "Biodiversity: Connecting with nature"
2009 18th Painting Competition: "Climate Change: Our Challenge"
2008 17th Painting Competition: "Climate Change "
2007 16th Painting Competition: "Climate Change"
2006 15th Painting Competition: "Deserts and Desertification"


2006 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2007 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2008 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2009 1st Global Prize Winning Entry