JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest

Application Guideline

19th Theme
We All Live On Earth

Application for this year's contest is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

Children aged 7 through 15
Registration Deadline
The application must reach us by May 31, 2018
Requirements: Paper size 257×364mm or smaller.
Drawing tools: Draw in free hand with any type of paint, pastel, etc.
Important note
  1. Please print out the application form, fill in your details (in English only, and preferrably in BLOCK LETTERS) and attach it to the back of your drawing.
  2. Please be sure that the drawing has been drawn personally and has not been published in other newspapers or magazines.
  3. All materials received will not be returned as a general rule.
  4. All materials received will become the property of JQA and may be used in publications or on the Web for publicity and promotional purposes.
  5. Applications sent in groups, such as a school, should be sent in a single packet.
  6. Please note that drawings with text (such as posters) are not eligible for the contest.
Mailing address
Please send your drawings to:

JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest Office
POB 264, Kyobashi Yubinkyoku, Tokyo, 104-8691, Japan
Winners announcement
August, 2018 (to be posted on this website)
48 winners will receive special memorabilia. All entrants will receive a participation prize.


31st May, 2018 The deadline for application
Early June, 2018 Preliminary Judgement
Mid June, 2018 Final Judgement
August, 2018 Announcement of Winners
Late December, 2018 Award Shipment

Contest Booklet

If you wish to receive the 19th contest booklet, please indicate "19th contest booklet requested." on your application form. It will be included in your participation prize shipment.

Does Earth, where we all live, belong only to humans?
No, it belongs to all living things.

What kind of place do you live in? Humans live in various places on Earth.
And everywhere on Earth live all sorts of creatures.
Please draw a picture of Earth, where we all live.

We tend to think that the place where we live is the standard, and that everyone else lives in a similar kind of way. If we look beyond areas that are easy for humans to live in, we realise that there are a diverse variety of creatures living there. Why don’t we try thinking about these other residents of Earth living in different places from humans?

Creatures that live in places where humans cannot

Even in the deep sea beyond the reach of light, on high mountains buried by blizzards, in scorching deserts or the bitterly cold polar regions, there are living things. Even in the most extreme environments, such as lands as cold as minus 50 degrees Celsius or rainless desert areas, creatures evolve in unique ways and live there. We only pay attention to our immediate environments. However, there are creatures on Earth that live in ways far beyond our imagination, and Earth is sustaining them.

Creatures that live in the sea

The birth of life on Earth is said to have taken place in the sea around four billion years ago, and so we can say that the sea is the original home of all living things. However, pollution of sea water, caused by factors such as the outflow of sewage, is a grave problem for sea creatures, and eventually affects even humans who eat fish and shellfish. The things that we do in order to make our lives more convenient come back round to haunt us in the end.

Living amid clean air

When volcanic eruptions, wildfires, exhaust gases from cars, and soot and smoke from factories increase, the air gets dirtier and dirtier. This dirt reacts with ultraviolet light emitted by the sun to create photochemical smog. When this happens, our eyes and throats hurt, and we become sick. Polluted air falls onto Earth as rain, polluting the water in rivers and the sea as well, and affecting the creatures that live in water. We must work hard to keep the air clean.

Earth belongs to everyone

The living creatures, which have lost their habitats, due to us destroying them for our affluent lifestyles, have to move to other places. However, in their new environment these creatures may eat the food of the original inhabitants, or even the inhabitants themselves, causing secondary damages. If global warming advances, it is said that it will take 100 years for environments to return to their original state. Let’s each take good care of our different environments, so that many creatures can live in peace.


Kimura Yasumasa
Kimura Yasumasa
UNICEF Tokyo Office

The theme for the 19th International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest is "We all live on Earth". I am curious to know what kind of images this topic will evoke among children. "What can I draw?" "Which colour do I want to use?" - It is always fun to imagine children drawing with shining eyes. I can't wait to see this year's entries.

Every year, many children from all over the world send their drawings for this contest. We are always astonished by their power of imagination and strong messages. I sincerely hope that many people will enjoy what children want to express through their arts. I also hope this contest will be an opportunity for children to think about the global environment.

Every child has the right to good health, safe water to drink, and nutritious food. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. But in reality, there are children dying before their fifth birthday or living in conflict or disaster-stricken countries. UNICEF continues to make an effort to build a world fit for children with many partners to make the world a place where every child grow up healthy, safe, and happy.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Japan Quality Assurance Organization and the International Certification Network for organizing this great event.

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