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Art Contest Rules


The required format is A3 (297 x 420 mm or 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.


There is no need for a title on the poster and entrants can decide for themselves whether or not to include one; however there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

Reproduction Rights

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 the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), however, FAI will try to return the original artwork.

State Awards

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.

National Awards

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.

International Awards

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 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.

Mailing Address

Submissions to the Virginia Aviation Art Contest should be sent to:

Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Art Contest
5702 Gulfstream Road
Richmond, Virginia 23250-2422