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Theme of the FAI Young Artists Contest

The 2017 Theme: Beyond the Clouds

We live beneath the clouds. We look up and see them stand stationary or speed across the sky. We see them reflect the bright colors of the sunrise or sunset. They turn dark and purple, letting us know a storm is coming. We see almost every aspect of clouds, except what they look like from above.

Above the clouds is a space known only to those who dare to break the bounds of earth. Some soar in hot air balloons, gliders and hang gliders, floating across the sky with the clouds. Others fly in planes, as pilots or passengers, watching the clouds and earth race by below. Specially trained pilots in rugged aircraft fly into storm clouds, taking measurements that help those on the ground predict where the storm will go. Those in helicopters can stand still, like clouds on a still day, or can fly across the sky high and low. Aerobatic pilots love clear skies, so those below can watch their amazing feats of flight. Intrepid aviators on the ground send up weather balloons almost to space, both for science and for the amazing pictures that can be taken only when you get above the clouds.

The world of aviation is always changing as each new generation of pilots and designers bring their vision of flight to the world. Now it’s your time to grab your favorite art supplies and turn your imagination loose. Create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitement only available in that special place beyond the clouds.

Guidelines for FAI Young Artists Contests

Suggested procedure to follow for the organization of the FAI Young Artists Contest in your country:

  1. Find a volunteer willing to undertake this task. He or she should preferably be familiar with aviation and/or education.
  2. Ask for the cooperation of the:
    • Education Ministry to distribute the rules of the contest to primary and secondary schools.
    • Different aero-clubs to circulate the rules of the contest to club members and their families
  3. Send a short article to specialized magazines.
  4. Ask for the patronage of the Minister(s) responsible for Youth & Sports.
  5. Look for the support of aeronautical associations and the national air & space museums to offer the winners prizes in the form of initiation flights, visits to the museums etc.
  6. Choose Members of the Jury from among senior executives in aviation, education, sports, the arts, companies and sponsors.
  7. Fix a deadline date for the schools to send the paintings to your headquarters at least two weeks prior to the deadline for sending them to Lausanne.
  8. Organize a meeting of the Jury Members to select the winners in each age category.
  9. Send mails to:
    • The winners or their schools, including a copy of the winners' list and a copy of the jury meeting report, inviting them for an aeronautical day to an airfield or to an Aviation Museum,
    • All schools and parties involved and having participated in the contest with copies of winners' list and jury meeting report, to thank them.
  10. Have a ceremony take place in your headquarters to award prizes to the winners in the presence of the President of the Aero Club.

The above is for guidance only. It remains up to you to operate in accordance with the traditions and procedures of your country.
Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me through the FAI.

Suzie M. GEBB

Rules for the FAI Young Artists Contest

All entries must be sent to Your Organising FAI Member Country by their deadline.

The Theme for the 2017 Contest is :

"Beyond the Clouds"

Details on the theme to be found here.

The FAI is particularly concerned with all forms of sporting and recreational aviation, including:


FAI Member organisations are responsible for making arrangements in each country for a national competition, or similar process of selection, for young people resident in their countries. Some guidelines on how to organise this are also attached. We recommend that the prizes for winners of national competitions should include visits to sport aviation airports and museums, and if possible flights in light aircraft, gliders or balloons. Each FAI Member organisation may submit to FAI a maximum of 9 paintings (3 in each years of birth category).

Address for Entries. All entries must be sent to Your Organising FAI Member Country by their deadline and not direct to the FAI.

Only entries sent by FAI Members, and which arrive in Lausanne by the closing date of 1 April 2017, will be considered by the International Jury.

All entries from FAI members (and not from individuals directly) must be received at the FAI Office by 1 April 2017 at the following address:

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Avenue de Rhodanie 54
CH-1007 Lausanne

Entries will be judged by an International Jury. The winners in each age group will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, together with diplomas. These medals and diplomas will be sent to the FAI Member organisations in the appropriate countries as soon as possible after judging is completed. The FAI delegates from the countries concerned will be responsible for arranging a suitable occasion for the presentation of the awards.

Entries, once received by FAI will become and remain the property of FAI, which may use them for a variety of purposes. FAI Members are therefore encouraged to make good quality colour copies of their winners' work for public relations purposes before sending the entries to Lausanne.

  • Eligibility. 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 organisations. Participation in the National contests is limited to residents of that country.
  • Age Groups.Entries will be judged in 3 classes:
    • Group I - Junior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010).
    • Group II - Intermediate Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006).
    • Group III - Senior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2002)
  • Format.The required format is A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11 3/4 X 16 ½ inches) or, if this is unobtainable in your country, the nearest possible equivalent.

    Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.

  • Medium.All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of handicapped 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:
No pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium may be used.
No computer-generated artwork is permitted.
No collage work involving the use of photocopies is permitted.

  • Markings.The following details should be clearly shown on the back of art:
    • Title
    • Family name
    • Given name
    • Address
    • Date of birth (Day/Month/Year)
    • Country of residence
    • Name and address of school which child attends
    • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Title. 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 recognisable link to the theme of the contest.
  • Certificate of Authenticity.The Certificate is to be worded as follows:

    "I/We certify that this is the original and unassisted work of ............... (name of entrant)".

    We certify that ............... (name of entrant) is a resident of ............... (name of country).

    Certificates are to be signed by the entrant's teacher, or other suitable person.

For more information, contact the FAI.

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FAI Young Artists Contest

The FAI Young Artists Contest is an international art contest for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17. Each FAI Member Country sponsors the contest in their country, and the national winners are submitted to the International Jury each year.

The theme for the 2017 contest is "Beyond the Clouds". More information here.