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Aviation Art Contest

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Let us imagine a peaceful world in which people live together in harmony, uniting through common interests – such as air sports – to create friendships, show kindness and respect. All sports have the power to bring people together, promoting positive relationships that cross borders and contribute to a better, more peaceful world. Sports helps people to learn universal values such as solidarity and fair play which extend far beyond the boundaries of a football pitch, an ice rink or an airfield. The many people around the world who participate in air sports enjoy meeting new friends in new places. Air sports such as Aerobatics, Aeromodelling, Airships, Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft, Balloons, Drones, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Helicopters, Manpowered Flying, Microlights, Parachuting, Paragliding, Paramotors and Power Flying, all have the power to  ontribute to a peaceful society, by bringing people together. Practicing these sports doesn’t only mean knowing how to fly an aircraft or jump from an airplane; or even acquiring new skills, breaking records, and winning competitions... These activities also give us the opportunity to develop our  social skills and help us to learn a sense of solidarity, friendship, and tolerance on and off the airfield. By showing kindness and respect to the people we meet, we can learn to see beyond differences and actively work to overcome difficulties and conflicts.
It’s time to grab your brushes and pencils! Let's imagine air sports in a peaceful world. Can you use your imagination to show how pilots, skydivers, and astronauts show kindness and respect and become friends? Your picture could show people enjoying air sports at a friendly competition,  helping others at the airfield, or even working together in space! How does peace look in the freedom of the air or among astronauts? Air sports bring people together, no matter what they think about politics, religion, or race. Let’s unite through art and and air sports, and show others how to inspire love, respect, and unity in the sky and beyond!


Youths ages 6 - 17 are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of NASAO, FAI, or any of its member organizations.


The U.S. contest is part of an international program run by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). All contest rules (with the exception of the U.S. contest deadline dates) are set by FAI.


  • 11 3/4 X 16 ½ inches or, if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent.
  • Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders
  • Artwork should clearly represent the theme of the contest


Permitted: acrylic, oil paint, watercolor, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or any similar indelible medium. 

NOT permitted: non-permanent mediums such as pencil or charcoal; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.


Certificate of authenticity (see brochure) must be attached to the back of the artwork.

The following information must be included on the back of the art:

  • first and last name
  • mailing address
  • date of birth
  • name and address of child's school

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.

Once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the State Sponsors and NASAO, and may be used for a variety of purposes. States may request art be returned to them by providing a return mail slip and packaging along with the artwork being submitted to NASAO.

Those forwarded for international judging become the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), however, FAI will try to return the original artwork.


Entries in each age group are judged and state winners and runners-up are selected. Winners receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group are forwarded to Washington D.C. to be judged in the national competition.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place national winners from each age group are selected from the state submissions. All national winning artwork is forwarded to FAI for the international competition.

Winners of the international competition receive certificates and gold, silver, or bronze medals.


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For more information call (701) 328-9653. All artwork must include a valid authenticity form and must comply with formatting parameters which can be found on the IAAC brochure. All entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2024.

Submissions can be sent to:

North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
Attn: Mike McHugh
PO Box 5020
2301 University Drive Bldg. 22
Bismarck, ND 58504

Congratulations to the 2024 North Dakota State winners! 




1st Faradh Twin Buttes    
2nd Lyla Twin Buttes
3rd Welinnah Zeeland





1st Ava Twin Buttes
2nd Lillyanna Twin Buttes


Sweet Briar School





1st Brianna Twin Buttes
2nd Josephine Barnes County North
3rd Gage Twin Buttes