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 3.6 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.
21st International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment: "Green Communities"
The theme of the 21st competition—"Green Communities"—was inspired by that of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Brazil; namely, by the theme of "sustainable development and the green economy". About 630,000 entries from countries across the world were submitted. In May 2012, the global screening convention was held at the Nikon Corporation in Tokyo and 57 global prize-winners were chosen, including those attaining 1st to 5th prize-winning positions.
The award ceremony was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October 2012. The winners were invited to the ceremony.
Global and Regional Winners
Global 1st and 2nd prize winners and regional winners are shown below:
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- *Winner profiles are those of when the 21th competition was held.
All winning entries are shown on the shared album of NIKON IMAGE SPACE (photo sharing and storage service).
The 22nd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer AG, and Nikon Corporation are now inviting children from all over the world to submit their entries for the 22nd International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment.
|Theme||Water: Source of Life. Where does it come from?|
|Deadline||February 28, 2013|
Please refer to following website for the way of entry.
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 regarding the Japan's National Competition.
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"