In the spring of 2017, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from approximately 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians will receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2017 during which four additional awards will be announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist. In previous years, U.S. Winners were selected to receive a trip to Japan to compete in the World Contest; among them was Lauren Park for her “Toyota Camera Car.”
Young people across the country are encouraged to participate. Last year, over 660,000 youth, ages 4-15 from nearly 80 countries submitted artwork to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest worldwide. Of these, 630 entries were submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. This is the 6th year that the U.S. has held its National Contest.