Children draw dream cars for art contest

Chuu Thantha Kyaw, 7, receives a second-place prize in the seven and under category of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Chuu Thantha Kyaw, 7, receives a second-place prize in the seven and under category of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 29 April—Nine children from Myanmar are in the running for a trip to Japan after being selected as local prizewinners Wednesday in an international art contest organized by Toyota Motor Corporation.
This is the second time Myanmar has been included in the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, with the number of participants increasing three-fold from last year, said U Aye Zaw, Chairman of TTAS Co Ltd, the Japanese automotive giant’s first authorized dealer in Myanmar.
Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has since 2004 organized the international art contest which encourages children to paint or draw their dream car.
“Myanmar children can create a high-quality painting but the idea is totally different from those of foreign countries who have more creative skills than Myanmar,” Artist Nyein Chan Su, a judge of the contest, said at a prize presentation ceremony in Yangon on that day.
“This is linked to my knowledge, only a handful of Myanmar children can think freely,” added the artist, who said he suspected most participants created their works under the influence of parents and teachers.
He advised those thinking of entering next year’s contest to follow the rules precisely and create their own artworks using any standard medium.
The nine Myanmar prizewinners, six girls and three boys, were selected from a field of more than 1000 entrants. Their artwork will be exhibited in Japan with national winners from across the globe. Worldwide winners will be chosen from the field of national winners and flown to Japan with their parents or guardians.
In the 7 and under category, first prize went to Thet Hsu, second to Chuu Thantha Kyaw, and third to Thanzin Nadi, all aged 7. In the 8-11 division, first prize went to Min Thiha, 11, second to Thet Htar, 10, and third to Paing Pyae Kyaw, 8. In the 12-15 field, first prize went to Eaint Phyu Sin, 14, second to Ngwe Kyae Mone, 14, and third to Kyaw Phone Wai, 12.—GNLM

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