Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest accepting entries

The deadline for keiki 15 and under to submit original entries for Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest is Jan. 31.

One winner from each of the three age groups (under 8 years old, 8- to 11-year-olds, and 12- to 15-year-olds) will receive an iPad Mini with Retina Display, and the other two finalists in each category will each receive $100 cash.

Hand-drawn entries must be submitted by Jan. 31 to any Toyota dealer in the state or mailed to Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, P.O. Box 2788, Honolulu 96803-2788. Entry forms can be found at and at all Toyota Hawaii dealerships.

New this year is a teacher recognition component. During the contest period, each teacher who submits student artwork will be entered to win a $250 gift card for school/art supplies. One random winner will be selected from Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, and two from Oahu.

Entrants are encouraged to create their “dream car” with one of the following themes in mind:

* Conservation/environmentally friendly vehicles

* Automobiles that promote world peace

* Concept cars that encourage helping others

All eligible artwork will be automatically entered into the People’s Choice Competition. Family, friends and fans of the Toyota Hawaii Facebook page will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries from Feb. 17 to March 9.

The artwork with the most votes in each category at the end of the competition will be automatically entered for final judging in the local competition. In March, the judging panel will select the works of nine local finalists to submit to the World Competition.

All local finalists’ artwork will be automatically entered in the World Competition. If any of the Hawaii entries receive merits in the World Competition, those students will get all-expenses-paid trips to Japan to participate in the final awards ceremony in August.