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Little artists driving big goals with dream car contest

Every year, one of the largest global art contests for children, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, invites children from all corners of the globe to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars.

More than 1,000 New Zealand children submitted entries in the 10th global competition from September 2015 to March 2016 with successful artworks being announced this week.

The top three placing artworks from each age category; under 8 years, 8 -11 years, and 12-15 years are submitted in the Japan based World Contest with global winners announced in June.

At the World Contest, a panel of judges will allocate Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best Finalist awards for each age category. Winners are invited to Japan to attend a ‘Dream Car Art Contest’ award ceremony in August.

New Zealand National Contest winners win a certificate from Toyota New Zealand and a gift bag with assorted Toyota merchandise to acknowledge their achievement. Kavin Kumar, Helena Kohlhase and Toni Wilson who placed first in their age category also take home an Apple iPad mini each and an Apple iPad Air to their school.

Artworks were judged based on a criteria made up of three key components; the message, the uniqueness and the art characteristics. Judges of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were seeking a Dream Car concept that was clearly understood, expressed from a unique viewpoint and demonstrated artistic elements such as colour, structure and technique.

The entries were judged by the Toyota New Zealand management team and Te Manawa Museum CEO, Andy Lowe.

Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Marketing, Andrew Davis, says that this year’s competition received an overwhelming number of entries illustrating an increased awareness in young children who dare to solve issues important to them.

“It is quite remarkable to see such creativity in their artwork and just how important protecting and improving their environment is,” says Davis.

“The leap in entry numbers just goes to show when you give children the forum to dream and shape our future they all share a common goal of making the world a better place through means of mobility, and they get to have a lot of fun doing it.”

There were more than 800,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 2015 competition.

2016 Toyota New Zealand Dream Car Art Contest Winners:

Age category: 12-15 years    
Gold: Toni Wilson, Christchurch, Canterbury God of all cars recreating the world
Silver: Levi Wolfgramm, Auckland Toy Motor
Bronze: Fiona Ebbitt, Feilding, Manawatu Toyota Spaceship
     
Age category: 8-11 years    
Gold: Helena Kohlhase, Auckland Toyota World Peace car
Silver: Jesse Larsen, Hamilton, Waikato Driving in the breeze
Bronze: Michel Zhou, Auckland Magine-Dragon
     
Age category: Under 8 years    
Gold: Kavin Kumar, Auckland Eco Grab Car
Silver: Siakini Taulangau, Kaikohe, Northland Education car
Bronze: Sophie Raymond, Matamata, Waikato Graceful Sharkinator

 

Winning artworks and their descriptions can be viewed below, or online here:
http://www.toyota.co.nz/-/promotions/activations/dream-car-winners-2016/