We hold a photo contest for children and students across the country for photos of the scenery of "×" that they want to preserve in their local community, and photos of the scenery of "○" that they want to improve immediately, with comments attached. We held the 14th contest in 2018 supported by the Ministry of the Environment.
The individual category consists of the elementary school, junior high school, and high school/technical college divisions. In 2018, there were a record high of 7,416 entries (675 photos in the elementary school division, 4,912 in the junior high school division, and 1,829 in the high school and technical college division), and the number of entries has been increasing year by year. Photos are used as teaching materials for environmental education at school and homework during summer vacation. In the school division, we had 244 school applicants from all over Japan.
Elementary School Gold Award "I want to protect the most beautiful beach in Japan”
Hateruma Island where I live has Nishihama Beach that was selected as the most beautiful beach in Japan. Various marine species such as sea turtles, clownfish and coral live around the beach. On the other hand, we see litter on the beach such as plastics and glass bottles, and sometimes drums. We conduct beach cleaning activities. I’m very disappointed to see the beach with litter after we worked to clean the beach. So, I want to say to all people in the world, "Please don’t litter."