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International Aviation Art Contest -- Virginia Contest


2018 International Aviation Art Contest theme is "Flight Into the Future."

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

2018 Official Brochure and Entry Form

Please mail entries to: Virginia Department of Aviation, Art Contest, 5702 Gulfstream Road, Richmond, Virginia 23250.

All artwork for the state competition must be postmarked by Friday, January 19, 2018.

If you have ever dreamed of flying or built a paper airplane, you have walked in the footsteps of the men and women who created the world of aviation as we know it today. Ideas were written on paper. Wooden and cloth models were built to test the designs before the actual balloons, gliders, and planes were built and tested by brave men and women in the air. Today, aircraft designers from all over the world work together, planning and testing their ideas on computers. As the designs take shape, engineers and manufactures built with the latest composites and other materials to make them lighter and more versatile than ever before to meet the needs of today’s flyers.

“The first planes were slow and sluggish. Today, aerobatic planes race across the skies at over 400kph and twist and turn their composite bodies in ways that would have torn apart earlier aircraft. Balloons have gone from floating above cities to floating over the world, requiring space suits in the thin air! Those toy gliders have turned into drones of all shapes and sizes. Real wooden gliders have become lighter and more sophisticated, climbing higher and flying longer than ever before. Each generation brings its passion for flight and blends new technologies and ideas to build on the knowledge of the past.
“What new innovations and ideas will shape the aviation of the future? From hang gliders and parachutists, to drone pilots and citizen astronauts, the only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today. It’s time to tap into your own imagination, grab your favorite set of crayons, markers, pencils, or paints and create a poster for this year’s Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s theme, Flight into the Future. Show us your vision of what can happen when people work together and follow their passion for flight.


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, 2008 and December 31, 2011)

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

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


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

2018 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

2017 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

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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