The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, one of the biggest global art competitions for children, has started taking in entries for its 10th installment to be held in 2016. Children aged under 15 from all over the world are invited to share their ideas, through drawing their dream cars that reflect the future of mobility.
According to the contest rules, all participants are divided into three age groups - 7 years old and under; 8-11 years old; 12-15 years old. Participants are required to submit an artwork themed “Your Dream Car” with a background that supports the idea. A title or short caption describing the car can also be included. All standard drawing medium are allowed. Use of any kind of digital tools are restricted.
The entire contest is divided into two phases – the National Contest followed by the World Contest. The national contests will be held regionally from October 1, 2015 to the end of March 2016. Qualified participants from the nationals will then contest at the World Contest to be held from April-May 2016.
The final awarding ceremony is set to take place in August where the jury panel from Japan will select Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best Finalist winners. The contest also includes two special awards – the President Akio Toyoda Award and the Engineering Inspiration Award.
The award ceremony for the 9th installment was held on the 26th of August, 2015 where more than 875,000 children from 81 countries and regions had participated. One Gold, two Silver, three Bronze, and four Best Finalist awards were announced in each of three age categories. All winning artworks since 2004 can be viewed here.
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest was initiated in 2004 as part of TMC’s social contribution initiatives. “We at Toyota believe in nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers and dreamers. Every great idea was born in the glimmer of a dream.”
Cover Image: Toyota Alpha-Bird Car - The Universal Language Car by Sethumdee Dulanya Dewagamage (aged 7) from Sri Lanka, Gold winner, 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
Thumbnail Image: NANO CAR by Azul Paz Servin Rodas (aged 13) from Paraguay, Gold winner, 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest