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Aviation Art Contest

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Congratulations to the 2023 North Dakota State winners! 




1st Payton Elk Ridge Elementary    
2nd Carmella White Shield
3rd Harper Sweet Briar School





1st Sophia Sweet Briar School
2nd Eli Sweet Briar School


Sweet Briar School





1st Alyssa Drayton Public School
2nd Elizabeth  Bismarck High School
3rd Sierra White Shield


The sense of liberty that pilots and skydivers feel when flying through the skies often comes hand-in-hand with a deep appreciation of the blue and green planet below. The beauty and fragility of our earth is simply more evident when viewed from above.
Aviation has always been at the forefront of technology and over the generations, those involved in aeronautics have felt an ever-increasing pressure to protect our planet.
Aviators, now and in the future, have a
responsibility to push forward the limits of
human innovation and imagination to harness
cleaner energy and minimize the impact of air sports on the earth and its atmosphere.
By letting your imagination fly, we want you, as a young artist, to explore the ways that air sports can interact harmoniously with our environment. Ask yourself, how can air sports help inspire others to protect our earth? Can you envisage how innovation and technology can use greener fuels to power
aircraft? Can the natural wonders of the earth inspire the aviation of the future? How could aviation be involved in reducing, reusing and recycling?
Artists often take the lead in imagining a brighter future. It’s time to take your favorite art materials and try to conjure up a vision of how air sports of the future can help to keep our planet safe for the generations to come.
The FAI is particularly concerned with all forms
of sporting and recreational aviation, including:
• Ballooning
• Gliding
• Parachuting
• Aerobatics
• Hang-Gliding and Para-gliding
• Microlight/Ultralight Flying
• Model Aircraft
• Light Aircraft
• Helicopter Flying
• Space World Records


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 , 2022.

Submissions can be sent to:

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