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Young artists drive big solutions with Toyota Dream Car Car Contest

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

Hundreds of New Zealand children submitted entries in the 11th global competition from November 2016 to February 2017, with successful artworks announced in April.

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 winners 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 the three age categories and will take home Apple iPad minis. New Zealand National Contest winners won certificates from Toyota New Zealand and Toyota gift packs to acknowledge their achievements.

Kavin Kumar and Toni Wilson have both won previously in their respective age categories. Artworks were judged based on 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 dream car concepts that were 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 generated hundreds of entries, illustrating an increased sustainability focus among young children. “It is quite remarkable to see such creativity in their artwork and just how important protecting and improving their environment is,” says Andrew.

“The calibre of entries shows that when you give children the forum to dream and shape our future, they all have 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.”

More than 800,000 entries were submitted worldwide in the 2016 competition. Winners of an Apple iPad mini and entry into the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest global competition.

GOLD AWARDS

Under 8 years

Kavin’s artwork - Rescue Car

My dream car predicts natural disasters in advance and saves everyone!

 8-11 years

Sophie’s artwork - Bee-Car Seed Library

The flying Bee-Car collects and sprinkles seeds with the help of other bees. They drop them into the funnel. Some go into the seed library to save for the future and the rest get sprinkled around the world to grow everywhere. The planet needs more bees and plants to survive, my dream is to have a car that will help.

12-15 years

Toni’s artwork - Toyota Pods

The Toyota pods are designed to adapt to any type of environment by changing appearance of animal. Wherever you take your pod, it is cleaning and making the world a better place.

Silver Awards

Prize: Entry into the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest global competition and a Toyota gift pack.

Under 8 years

Max’s artwork - Robotech Crocodile Dancing Cars

Robotech Crocodile Dancing Car eats rubbish as fuel and leaves behind rainbows and love heart balloons. Instead of the city being polluted it will be filled with bright colours.

8-11 years

Kelyn’s artwork - The Delta

The car is a battery powerd car that doesn't pollute the air. It can help sick and injured animals and people with first aid. It can also travel to unknown places, store food, and seat many people.

12-15 years

Feao’s artwork - Nature Rebirth

Bronze Awards

Prize: Entry into the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest global competition and a Toyota gift pack.

Under 8 years

Nina’s artwork - Pheonix Transformer (Toyota)

The Pheonix Transformer can change into any car or animal so it can do all the things the animal or car can do eg. go under water, fly, burrow underground or go fast. And lots more!

8-11 years old

Marley’s artwork - Marley Bus

I would like my dream to come true because I want New Zealand to be a unique and creative country. I would like my dream to come true so people can follow me in my creativity.

12-15 years old

Josephine’s artwork - Toyota Bee Friend

It is estimated that up to one third of our food is dependent on pollination by honey bees who are under threat from pesticides and mites. Meanwhile, many people are allergic to pollen, made worse by wind pollenated plants. These grains are not useful to bees as the have little nutritional value. My car would solve this by processing these grains into pollen, which is rich in nutrition and suitable for bees. It would be powered by hot air circulating due to climate change and pollen dispensed through flowers.