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Searching for the next free flowing design... Rolls-Royce will pick the winner of the Young Designers' Competition by mid-July. Image Credit: Rolls-Royce

Dubai: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has made a shortlist for its Young Designer Competition, which attracted more than 5,000 entries from children aged 16 and under in more than 80 countries.

The competition was aimed to stimulate design talent and provide a “welcome distraction” for children living under COVID-19 self-isolation and social-distancing restrictions. Contestants were asked to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future, incorporating bespoke features and capabilities they could conjure from their imagination.

Launched in April, the original mid-May deadline for submissions was extended by two weeks. When entries finally closed on June 2, more than 5,000 illustrations had been received. The winner will be announced in mid-July.

“It’s not just the number of entries that has impressed us - the quality of the children’s designs is staggering, showing incredible imagination, creativity and flair,” said Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “We wanted to give children the chance to let their imagination flow freely – it’s clearly struck a chord.”