Toyota-Dream-Car-logo-(stacked)Artwork submissions for the 9th Toyota Dream Car Contest are now being accepted by Toyota Financial Services (TFS) during September 22 through December 13, 2014!

From the artwork submissions received, nine U.S. winners will be selected by TFS during the National Contest judging during February and March 2015. The artwork by these nine winners, along with winners from more than 80 other countries, will be forwarded to Japan in late March 2015 for consideration in the World Contest, the winners for the latter to be announced in August 2015. Presented annually, the global competition is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage their interest in cars.

Check out artwork by the U.S. winners of the 8th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest by clicking HERE! Last year, two youth who entered the National Contest run by TFS were among the 90 World Finalists: Lauren Park, who went on to become one of 30 World Winners; and Sarah Kong.

Theme: Your Dream Car
Age Categories: Under 8 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years
Types of Awards: Gold, Silver, and Bronze
Judging Criteria: Expressiveness of message, uniqueness, and artistry
Structure: National and World Contests (over 80 participating countries)

Official Rules-9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
Instructions-9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Entry Form-9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Press Release-U.S. Launch of 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

Dates: This year, artwork submissions for the 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest administered by TFS in the U.S. are accepted during Monday, September 22 through Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Awards: U.S. winners are selected each year during February and March and their artwork is submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest (the latter to be announced in August).
Jurors: Last year, the panel included Mike Groff, President & CEO, Toyota Financial Services; Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Trend Magazine; Cheech Marin, actor, comedian and art collector; Craig Kember, Toyota’s Studio Designer, Calty Design Research; Karen Ideno, VP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services; Paxton Gagnet, Executive General Manager, John Elway’s Crown Toyota Scion and Shelley Gagnet, Community Relations Director, John Elway’s Crown Toyota Scion.

Dates: April through May (Submission & Review); August (Awards Ceremony)
Awards: Selected from entries submitted from over 80 countries, thirty youth, each accompanied by one guardian, receives a free trip to Tokyo, Japan during August. The trip includes programs and an awards ceremony led by TMC President Akio Toyoda and including TMC/TMSM general managers, art/automotive specialists.

Watch animated videos of the artwork by last year’s 90 World Contest Finalists by clicking HERE.

Last year, more than 660,000 entries from nearly 80 countries were submitted to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest worldwide. Of these, 630 entries (each country submitted their National Contest winners by age category) were submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest. World Contest winners by age category can be viewed below by clicking each link:

Under 8 Years

8-11 Years

12-15 Years

The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan with the dual goals of inspiring children to understand the importance of having a dream while, at the same time, encouraging them to become interested in cars by designing “Dream Cars” of their imagination. This is the third year that the U.S. has held its National Contest.

For more information about Toyota’s World Contest, click HERE. Questions? Contact TFS Community Relations by clicking HERE.