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2016 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

Rules and entry information


Deadline for entries must be postmarked or delivered no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, NO EXCEPTIONS, and must be mailed or delivered to:

  • Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Office of Aeronautics | Attn: Art Contest Entry
    222 East Plato Blvd.| Saint. Paul, | MN 55107-1618

Application of theme

This year's theme is "air sports in harmony with nature." The beauty of the earth is never clearer than when seen from the air. Every day, thousands of people flying in airliners look at the earth with a new perspective from above. Another group of boys, girls, men and women involved in air sports are fortunate to have a special view of the grandeur below them as they soar in gliders or float through the air in balloons. Others feel the rush of air as they parachute down to a beautiful field or cross the sky in an ultralight or helicopter.

From above, the fullness of nature is seen in ways unknowable from the ground. Helicopters give tours of the inaccessible rivers and canyons as balloons float across home towns, each giving new insight into how land, water, animals, and people share their environments. From the air, one is able to take pictures and film land that would otherwise never be seen. Aircraft do this without the need for roads. An airport or open field will do for the intrepid aviator.

While the air sport participants enjoy this freedom, they also must be very good neighbors to all the people and animals and the environment. This is especially important as they take-off and land. Air sports enthusiasts are happy to do this because the beauty of the earth is one of the reasons they love flying so much. So grab your favorite pen or brush and capture the connection between the land and the air. Create a work of art that shows air sports and nature in harmony. Good luck!

Please also legibly print the artist’s name on the back of the artwork in case the Certificate becomes detached from the art work.


All children (entrants) must be residents of Minnesota between the ages 6-17 as determined by their age on December 31, 2014. 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.

Age Categories

Entries are judged in three classes

Group I – Junior Category

  • Born between January 1, 2006 and December, 31 2009
    or Ages 6-9

Group II – Intermediate Category

  • Born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005
    or Ages 10-13

Group III – Senior Category

  • Born between January 1, 1998 and December, 31 2001
    or Ages 14-17


Entries in each age category will be judged and the top four will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and be honored at a recognition ceremony (date and location to be announced). Additional awards include a certificate for a Discovery Flight.


The required format is landscape view on 11 x 17 inch paper. Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.


All student entrant artwork must be designed, and produced by hand (or, in 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" type crayons, or any similar indelible medium.

Not permitted

The following media are not permitted: pencil, charcoal or anything that may smudge or smear, non-permanent medium, computer-generated artwork, or collage work involving the use of photocopies.


The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the art: The Certificate of Authenticity (attached to the entry form) MUST be completely filled out, (title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which child attends), signed, and securely fastened by tape or glue stick to the back of the student's artwork.


Rights once received, entries become (and remain) the property of the state sponsor Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics, and may be used for a variety of purposes. The artwork of the top four winners in each age category will be featured in the MnDOT, Office of Aeronautics - Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Calendar. Those forwarded for international judging become (and remain) the property of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.


Artwork is judged in part for its appropriate portrayal of that year's theme in relation to the aviation world. Other judging criteria include creativity, presentation, and technical ability. Judging committees are made up of art, education, and aviation professionals.