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Young artists drive big solutions with Toyota Dream Car contest

Every year, one of the largest global art contests for children, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, invites children from over 80 countries to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars.

Hundreds of New Zealand children submitted entries in the 3rd national competition from November 2016 to February 2017 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 to the Japan based World Contest with the global finalists announced in June.

One winner from New Zealand will be invited to Japan to attend the ‘Dream Car Art Contest’ award ceremony in August.

At the World Contest, a panel of judges will allocate Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best Finalist awards for each age category across all finalists.

Winners Kavin Kumar, Toni Wilson, and Sophie Irvine placed first in their age category and will take home an Apple iPad mini. New Zealand National Contest winners win a certificate from Toyota New Zealand and a Toyota gift pack to acknowledge their achievement.

Kavin Kumar and Toni Wilson have both won previously in their respective age categories. 

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 hundreds of entries illustrating an increased sustainability focus in young children.  

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

“The calibre of entries shows that 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 2016 - 2017 competition.


2017 Toyota New Zealand Dream Car Art Contest Winners:

Age category: 12-15 years

Gold: Toni Wilson, Christchurch, Toyota Pods

Silver: Feao Taulangau, Kaikohe, Nature Rebirth

Bronze: Josephine Situ, Auckland, Toyota Bee Friend  


Age category: 8-11 years 

Gold: Sophie Irvine, Palmerston North, Bee-Car Seed Library

Silver: Kelyn Holmes, Auckland, The Delta

Bronze: Marley Martin, Huntly, Marley Bus


Age category: Under 8 years 

Gold: Kavin Kumar, Auckland – Rescue Car

Silver: Max Middlemiss, Hamilton – Robotech Crocodile Dancing Car  

Bronze: Nina Booth, Whangarei – Phoenix Transformer (Toyota)