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The International Children's Painting Competition

Nikon thinks that fostering environmental conservation awareness among children who are going to be out future is an important subject in order to preserve the precious earth for future generation. Nikon has been co-sponsoring the International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment since the fifteenth competition was held in 2006, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE) and Bayer AG.

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 4.3 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

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), and Nikon Corporation are now inviting children from all over the world to submit their entries for the 23rd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment.

Theme

Food Waste

Subthemes:
Save the Planet-Save Food.
Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet.

Deadline March 15, 2014

Please refer to the following website for entry information.

If you are living in Japan, you may submit your entry to FGPE of Tokyo to get into Japan's National Competition. Please refer to the following website for details.

22nd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment: "Water: Where does it come from?"

To mark the United Nations' International Year of Water Cooperation in 2013, the theme of the 22nd competition is "Water: Where does it come from?"
697,876 entries from 110 countries across the world were submitted.
Sixty global 1st to 5th prize-winners and 6 regional winners were chosen.

Global and Regional Winners

Global 1st and 2nd prize winners and regional winners are shown below:
Click image on the map to enlarge.

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 22nd competition was held.

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

Award Ceremony


The winning children had their picture taken with UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen, a supermodel of the United States. Person at the left in the photo is Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

The award ceremony for the 22nd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment was held at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, U.S.A., on September 18, 2013.
1st prize global winner, 12-year-old Chiratchaya Kaeokamkong from Thailand, 2nd prize global winner, 14-year-old Wesley Gong from the United States, and winners from six regions were invited to the ceremony. The winners received a prize plaque, prize money and a Nikon compact digital camera as an extra prize.

  • *Winner profiles are those of when the 22nd 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

2006 15th Painting Competition: "Deserts and Desertification"
2007 16th Painting Competition: "Climate Change"
2008 17th Painting Competition: "Climate Change "
2009 18th Painting Competition: "Climate Change: Our Challenge"
2010 19th Painting Competition: "Biodiversity: Connecting with nature"
2011 20th Painting Competition: "Life in the Forests(Biodiversity)"
2012 21st Painting Competition: "Green communities"


2006 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2007 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2008 1st Global Prize Winning Entry


2009 1st Global Prize Winning Entry