Application Guideline

24th Contest Theme:

Passing on Our Precious Earth to The Future

What do humans, animals, plants, and all of our companions living on Earth need to continue living healthily and happily? Clean water and air, rich soil, sunlight, moonlight... Earth is abundant with wonderful environments that protect and nurture life. Please draw scenes of our precious Earth that you would like to pass on to the future.
Passing on Our Precious Earth to The Future
Children aged 7 through 15
Application Deadline
Application must reach us by May 31, 2024
Important Notes
  1. Please enter necessary information in the Application Form and glue it to the back of the drawing.
  2. Please be sure that the drawing has been drawn personally and has not been published in other newspapers or magazines.
  3. The drawing will not be returned.
  4. The proprietary rights and copyright of the drawing will be transferred to JQA and the drawing 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. Digital works, and drawings with text, such as posters, are not eligible for the contest.

When applying, please ensure your parents/guardians have accepted and approved the Imporant Notes above. For group applications, ensure the organizer has obtained approval from the artists and their parents/guardians regarding the Imporant Notes above.

The personal data submitted submitted in the Application Form will be used to contact award winners and for sending participation gifts/Winner's Booklet. If your work is selected for an award, your name, grade (age), and country will be published alongside your work in the Booklet, exhibitions, and so on. Personal data is managed in compliance with Japanese laws and regulations, and the internal policies of the Japan Quality Assurance Organization.
Application Requirements
  1. Paper size: 257mm x 364mm or smaller.
  2. Drawing tools: Free-hand drawing with any type of paint, pastel, etc.
  3. Print out the Application Form and glue it to the back of your drawing, then please send us your drawings to the below address.
  4. Other FAQs
Application Address

Please send us your drawings:

(A) Using normal postal service?

Please send to:
JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest Office
POB 264, Kyobashi Yubinkyoku, Tokyo, 104-8691, Japan


(B) Using a courier that rejects POB destinations?

JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest Office
Rm.303, Sankyo Bldg., 2-7-12 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045
TEL +81-3-3546-3631
Winners Announcement
August, 2024 (announced on this website)
53 winners will receive special memorabilia.
All entrants will receive a participation prize (dispatched in late December).


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

Contest Booklet

If you wish to receive the 24th Contest Booklet, please indicate "24th Contest Booklet requested" on your Application Form. It will be included in your participation prize shipment.

What Can We Do to Pass On Today's Earth to the Future?

Earth is a unique and precious place. We must take care of it so that our future selves and our children can enjoy a happy life. Let's strive to maintain the cleanliness of our planet and preserve its wonderful environments for the generations to come. When Earth is healthy, we, too, thrive.

Water is the Source of Life

Liu Yu-Chen Age 7, Taiwan
Liu Yu-Chen Age 7, Taiwan

Water is vital for supporting life in humans, animals and plants. When rivers, lakes, and seas are unpolluted, clear, and clean, fish and animals can live healthy lives. Water polluted by rubbish or chemicals damages the creatures living there and is undrinkable. It is important to take rubbish home instead of dumping it into rivers and seas and to use water conscientiously.

Soil is the Unsung Hero

Jayasinghe Desandu Chanthusa Age 12, Sri Lanka
Jayasinghe Desandu Chanthusa Age 12, Sri Lanka

Soil is essential for the growth of trees, vegetables, and flowers. It is the home not only to insects and animals but also to many microorganisms, which are invisible to the naked eye. These microorganisms keep the soil clean by breaking down rotten leaves, twigs, and the remains of animals. Rich soil fosters healthy trees, plants, vegetables, and fruits, contributing to abundant nature.

The Importance of Air

Vaicikauskaite Goda Age 11, Lithuania
Vaicikauskaite Goda Age 11, Lithuania

We breathe air, and trees and plants also need clean air. When exhaust fumes from vehicles, smoke from factories, and other pollutants contaminate air with dirt and harmful substances, the distant scenery becomes hazy, and our health is affected. Walking or riding bicycles instead of using cars helps keep the air clean.

Earth, Our One and Only Home

Ripa Ilinca Age 8, Romania
Ripa Ilinca Age 8, Romania

Earth is invaluable to our lives because it is our one and only home. It provides us with the essentials of everyday life, such as food, water, and oxygen, and supports diverse ecosystems and creatures. Protecting Earth and reduceing the burden we place on the natural environment are our responsibility to Earth, our future selves, and our children.


Roberto Benes
Roberto Benes
UNICEF Tokyo Office

On behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the Japan Quality Assurance Organization and the International Certification Network for their ongoing commitment to organizing this remarkable annual JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest.

This contest is a great opportunity for children to express themselves creatively and share their perspectives on the world around them. For UNICEF, it is important to invite children to unleash their imaginations and channel their artistic talents to portray their vision of a better, more equal, and more sustainable Earth. It is a testament to the incredible capacity of children to inspire change through their creativity.

This year's theme is "Passing on Our Precious Earth to The Future". This subject transcends boundaries, unites nations, and holds the key to our collective future - the imperative of passing on our Earth to the generations that will follow us. The consequences of our actions, or inactions, are felt by millions of people and will impact everything around us. Our Earth is a gift that we must cherish, protect, and hand over to our children and the following generations. It is our collective responsibility, and we must all work together to fulfill it. When we nurture a generation that values sustainability, we plant the seeds of a brighter future.

UNICEF, as a global leader in child advocacy and humanitarian action, recognizes that we cannot execute our mandate to protect children's rights without addressing the environmental crises that impact their lives. Together, let us work tirelessly to ensure that the legacy we leave for our children is one of balance, sustainability, and hope. May we continue to be faithful stewards of this precious planet and lead by example, so that our children may inherit a world that is even more magnificent than the one we were given.

Contact Us:
JQA International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest Office
Rm.303, Sankyo Bldg., 2-7-12 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045
TEL +81-3-3546-3631