TOKYO, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Corporation held an awards ceremony for the eighth Toyota Dream Car Art Contest at Mega Web, Toyota's vehicle experience facility in Tokyo's Koto Ward on August 27.
A total of 662,898 art works from 75 countries and regions were submitted to the contest. In each of three age categories (seven and under, eight to 11, and 12 to 15), one Gold, two Silver, three Bronze, and four Best Finalist awards were presented. In addition, one entry was selected for the special President Toyoda Award. The award ceremony was attended by the 31 award winners and their parents and guardians, representing 22 countries and regions.
The Gold award winners were Thanh Mai Bui (age 6) of Vietnam for "Super Crab Car", Jirawat Yodsing (age 10) of Thailand for "Wat Pho Massage Car", and Iasmina-Maria Raceanu (age 16; 15 at the time of submission) of Romania for "STORYOTA". Mealaksey Pha (age 5) of Cambodia won the President Toyoda award for "Smart Fish Car".
The award-winning entries and photo of ceremony of August 27 can be viewed and downloaded from the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest press site at www.image.net.
Please note that images from the event will be posted at around 2:00 p.m. on August 27 (Tokyo time).
Conducted as part of Toyota's social contribution activities, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is open to children 15 years of age and below worldwide. The contest, first conducted in 2004, gives children throughout the world the opportunity to develop an interest in cars and helps them feel the joy and importance of having a dream.
Local contests were held from October 2013 through March 2014, with 670 outstanding entries selected to progress to the world contest held in Japan. TMC President Akio Toyoda led a jury consisting of outside experts in art and automotive science in selecting the winners.
Midori Kobayashi, Masako Kitamura, Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing Corporation