Deadline 15th June 2017

Who may enter The contest is open to anyone up to 25 years old.

Description This annual essay contest is organised by the Goi Peace Foundation.

This year’s theme is “Learning from Nature”.

Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title.

Essays must be original and unpublished.

Entry fees There are no entry fees.

Prizes The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category: 1st prize (1): certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $870) 2nd prize (2): certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US $435) 3rd prize (5): certificate and gift.

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1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 25, 2017 and will receive the Minister of Education Award (travel expenses will be covered by the organizer).

Enroll here.



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