The 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Back in 2004 we had a dream to create a contest that would unite the imaginations of children across the world. We wanted bright young minds to develop a keen interest in cars and electrify us with their creations. All we ask them is one thing: imagine what their dream car would be…

What is a dream car?

As Toyota, we believe that dreams can take you anywhere, wherever you are. So how would your fantasy automobile make the world a better place? Why don’t you show us and enter into the 11th Dream Car contest! All you have to do is think hard and imagine what your dream car would be – like these Irish winners from 2016 – then simply draw or paint it and send it to us to enter.

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“The Teapot Truck”

Ruby Browne, Under 8 category

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“The Rainbow Lizard Car”

Elizabete Krivenoka, 8-11 category

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“My Dream Car”

David Cantwell, 12-15 category

How to get involved

Who can participate?


The contest is open to children up to 15 years old. Toyota Ireland organises the Irish contest and accepts entries from the Republic of Ireland.

What artwork and material do I need?


Take an A3 size paper (A4 size is OK too) and use any medium you like – pencils, crayons, paint – to create your dream car. Don’t forget a background, so we can imagine what it would look like in its environment. And remember: only hand-made drawings are acceptable, so don’t use a computer to do it.

When do I need to create my entry by?


The closing date for entries is February 24, 2017.

What can I win?


First, you’ll be entered into our Irish competition with a cool prize awarded for the three best drawings selected by our jury in each age category: under 8, 8-11 and 12-15 year-olds. The prize winners will receive their prize and certificate at a prize-giving ceremony in Dublin Zoo on Saturday, the 11th March 2017. Secondly, the 9 winners will be entered into the worldwide art contest. If your artwork makes the final, you could win a trip to Japan with your parents and the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony in August 2017.

How do I enter?

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1) Download your entry kit Ask your parents to carefully read the terms and conditions.
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2) Complete the entry form Do it with your parents and don't forget to give a title and a short explanation of your dream car.
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3) Get your parents signature Make sure your parents sign the entry form otherwise your dream car artwork won't be valid.
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4) Post your design and entry form to: Dream Car Art Contest, Toyota Ireland, Killeen Road, Dublin 12.

How do I get inspired?


There are so many ways to find inspiration that can help you imagine your car of the future: create a list, appreciate nature, talk to your family, draw some doodles, play a word association game, take a walk, read a book, flick through a magazine, window shop, watch a movie, go to a museum, share ideas with friends – or just sit down, close your eyes and let your imagination run wild.

If you want some more inspiration, just discover some of the winning Irish entries from last year. Good luck!

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