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International Aviation Art Contest -- Virginia Contest


2017 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "BEYOND THE CLOUDS"!

Complete details and official brochure and entry form will be available soon.

Scroll to the bottom to view previous Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners.

2016 Official Brochure and Entry Form

DEADLINE : _____________________

All artwork for the state competition must be postmarked by _____________________.

THEME - "____________________________________" 

First and foremost, powered flight began as an adventure – a sport.  In the beginning, flying was a risky business that was not for the faint of heart; injury, or even death, was something that pilots had to consider each and every time they went up.  But over the 20th century, as powered flight became more stable, routine, and safe, it also became less and less the sport of daredevils and more and more a way to transport people and goods rapidly over long distances.  During this time, powered flight also became something else – it became a means of saving people’s lives.

Today, helicopters fly rural accident victims to far away hospitals; organs are packed in ice and flown, in the nick of time, to save dying patients; pilots use planes and helicopters to fight large fires; and relief agencies transport food and water to starving and thirsty people around the globe.  Flight allows us to see like birds and move faster than the wind, and it has given us the ability to help those who could never be helped before.  Can you think of other ways that “flying saves lives?”  Let us count or perhaps more accurately, illustrate the ways.  Good luck!


All Children in the age groups shown below are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations.

Group I  Junior Category (Date of birth between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2007)

Group II Intermediate Category (Date of birth between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2003)

Group III Senior Category (Date of birth between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999)


The required format is A3 (11 ¾” x 16 ½ “). Or, if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders.

All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth). Any of the following media are permitted: watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium. The following media are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies. 

The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which the child attends, and certificate of authenticity. 

Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the State Sponsor and may be used for a variety of purposes. Those forwarded for international judging become (and remain) the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).


Entries in each age group will be judged and state winners and runners-up will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, DC., to participate in the national competition. Winning artwork will also be displayed on the Virginia Department of Aviation’s website.

A first, second, and third place winner will be selected from each age group. All national winners will receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.

The first, second, and third place national winners in each age group will be forwarded to FAI headquarters for international judging. Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver, and bronze medals.l

The 2014 International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, in cooperation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science.

Mail Virginia Entries to:

Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Betty Wilson
5702 Gulfstream Road
Richmond, Virginia 23250-2422

Previous Winners of the International Aviation Art Contest

2016 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2015 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2014 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2012 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2011 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2010 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2009 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2008 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2007 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2006 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners




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