Toyota announces Irish Dream Car Art Contest Finalists

9 Irish finalists go forward to compete in the global competition

Toyota Ireland is delighted to announce the Irish finalists in the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Nine children from across Ireland were chosen from out of close to 1,000 entries for their exceptional artistic skills and inventive ideas, at an official awards ceremony in Haughton House, Dublin Zoo on March 25th.

The Dream Car Art Contest reinforces Toyota’s commitment of being ‘Built for a Better World’ as entrants are encouraged to make the most of their innovative ideas and set their imagination free with creativity. The contest offers a platform for bright young minds across Ireland to imagine and share their dream car of the future.

The chosen nine Irish winners will now go forward to represent Ireland in Toyota’s worldwide art contest. If their artwork makes the final of the global competition they could win a grand prize of a once-in-a lifetime trip to Japan with their parents in August 2018.

Nine fantastic artists were chosen, with three finalists in each category (Under 8 Years, 8-11 Years and 12-15 Years). 1st place winners within each category were presented with an Acer Iconia Tablet, 2nd place received a Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera and 3rd place recipients were awarded a ProFlight Seeker Camera Drone.

The talented finalists in each category are as follows;

Under 8 Years
  • 1st Prize: Alice Evelyn O’Shaughnessy-Larkin (Age 6, from Louth) – “The Angel Love Car” 
  • 2nd Prize: John Eugene Casey (Age 6, from Louth) – “Toyota Star Maker” 
  • 3rd Prize: Leo Zihan (Age 6, from Dublin) – “Dragon Candy Car”
8-11 Years
  • 1st Prize: Katie Mia O’Shaughnessy (Age 11, from Louth) – “The Music Car”
  • 2nd Prize: Kornelia Lawlonka (Age 10, from Limerick) – “Holiday Dreamer”  
  • 3rd Prize: Niki Nguyen (Age 10, from Dublin) – “Solar & Wind Powered Car”
12-15 Years
  • 1st Prize: Jing Wen Yang (Age 12, from Dublin) –  “The Ocean Cleaner”
  • 2nd Prize: Pauline Wang (Age 13, from Dublin) – “Time Travel Car”
  • 3rd Prize: Yuxiao Helen Yu (Age 15, from Dublin) – “The Polar Express Trip Car”

Toyota Ireland’s judges were electrified by all the children’s innovative designs. Toyota believes that dreams can take people anywhere, and the creations this year were very much in line with the “Built for a Better World” promise.

Zoe Bradley, Marketing Communications Assistant Manager, Toyota Ireland said;

“The standard of entry this year was incredibly high and we’re in awe of the talented children that sent us their work. At Toyota we’re always looking ahead to the future and it’s inspiring to see how some of our youngest innovators imagine future cars and ways to make the world a better place.

Toyota Ireland’s Dream Car Art contest is now in its 12th year and it’s a fantastic competition in which children of Ireland can get involved and explore their creative and innovative flair. I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck with the next stage of the competition and we hope to see an Irish entry in the final in Japan.”

The Finalists

Under 8 Years

Dream Car Art - The Angel Love Car
1st Prize: Alice Evelyn O’Shaughnessy-Larkin (Age 6, from Louth) "The Angel Love Car"
 Dream Car Art - Toyota Star Maker
2nd Prize: John Eugene Casey (Age 6, from Louth)  "Toyota Star Maker"
 Dream Car Art - Dragon Candy Car
3rd Prize: Leo Zihan (Age 6, from Dublin)  "Dragon Candy Car"

8-11 Years

 Dream Car Art - The Music Car
1st Prize: Katie Mia O’Shaughnessy (Age 11, from Louth) "The Music Car"
Dream Car Art - Holiday Dreamer
2nd Prize: Kornelia Lawlonka (Age 10, from Limerick) "Holiday Dreamer"
 Dream Car Art - Solar & Wind Powered Car
3rd Prize: Niki Nguyen (Age 10, from Dublin)  "Solar & Wind Powered Car"

12-15 Years

 Dream Car Art - The Ocean Cleaner
1st Prize: Jing Wen Yang (Age 12, from Dublin)  "The Ocean Cleaner"
 Dream Car Art - Time Travel Car
2nd Prize: Pauline Wang (Age 13, from Dublin)  "Time Travel Car"
 Dream Car Art - The Polar Express Trip Car
3rd Prize: Yuxiao Helen Yu (Age 15, from Dublin) "The Polar Express Trip Car"

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