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Theme of the FAI Young Artists Contest

Interpretation of the 2014 theme - "Flying to save lives"

On any given day, hikers head out on mountain trails, fishing captains take their boats out to sea, and park rangers climb towers to survey the lands they are entrusted to protect. People have always headed out into the wilderness, away from home and searching for adventure and food. Going into the unknown always has a risk, but today’s explorers have great allies in today’s aircraft.

When bad weather turns a mountaintop dangerous, helicopters are a climber’s best friend. Search and rescue helicopters can find them and take them off the mountain to safety.  When hikers get lost in the trails, planes are crucial in the search, often using high-tech gear like infrared technology to find them by their body heat, even when they can’t be seen by the naked eye.

When ocean storms begin to build, it’s brave pilots and in specially designed weather planes that fly around and through the storms to gather information about how big the storm is and where it is going – giving people in the path of the storm warning to get to safety. When ships are caught in the storms, it’s those amazing helicopters again that can find the ship, hover over it, and take up the crew if the ship is danger of sinking.

Sometimes, it’s not what an aircraft picks up, but what it leaves behind. When fires rage and firefighters need help battling them in remote areas, it’s firefighting helicopters and planes to the rescue. Helicopters carry massive buckets of water to the fire while specially designed planes carry the water inside, dropping it or other fire-retardant chemicals on the fire to put it out in areas fire trucks can’t approach.

In all these ways and more, aircraft and the brave men and women who fly them look out for us over land and sea. Now it’s time to grab your favorite art supplies, have fun, and create an artwork that celebrates how Flying Saves Lives.

Good luck!.

Note explicative sur le thème 2014

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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 made to Your Organising FAI Member Country by their deadline. Click on the above link for the address of your member country.

The Theme for the 2014 Contest is :

"Flying to save lives"

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 are to be sent to the organising authority in each FAI Member country, and not direct to the FAI. Only entries sent by FAI Members, and which arrive in Lausanne by the closing date of 1April 2014, will be considered by the International Jury.

All entries must be received at the FAI Office by 1 April 2014 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 2004 and 31 December 2007).
    • Group II - Intermediate Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003).
    • Group III - Senior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1999)
  • 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.

History of FAI Young Artists Contest Winners

History of FAI Young Artists Contest Winners

2014 Flying Saves Lives
Participating countries : Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Rep, Finland, France, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA / 147 paintings received at the FAI
2013 My favourite airsports
Participating countries : Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, India, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA / 110 paintings received at the FAI / More than 6000 paintings received by the NACs in total
2012 Silent flight
Participating countries : Australia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
2011 50 Years of Human Space Flight
Participating countries : Egypt, Japan, Serbia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland, Singapore, Russia, India, Ukraine, Korea, China, Poland, France, USA
2010 Flying with the Sun
Participating countries: China, Czech Republic, France, India, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Sweden Turkey, Ukraine, USA
2009 Create a Poster for the World Air Games
Participating countries: China, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong China, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
2008 Design an Aviation Stamp
Participating countries: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, Japan, Moldova, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
2007 Airfield
Participating countries:China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA
2006 Air Sports and Nature in Harmony
Participating countries: China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA
2005 Create an Air Show Poster - More than 100 years of human flight
Participating countries: China, India, Estonia, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA
2004 Flying Saves Lives
Participating countries: China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
2003 100 Years of Powered Flight
Participating countries: Australia, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, FYR of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
2002 Silent Flight
Participating countries : Australia, China, Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Yugoslavia
2001 My Dream To Fly
Participating countries : Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Japan, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, and Yugoslavia. Paintings from China arrived after the judging was completed and so could not be included in this year's contest.
2000 Flight Into The Future
Participating countries : Australia, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Iraq, Japan, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, and Yugoslavia.
1999 Flying Is Fun
Participating countries: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA
1998 Create a Poster for the 'Air Sport Olympics'
Participating countries: Algeria, Australia, Austria, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, FYR of Macedonia, Morocco, New Zeland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA,
1997 Design an Aviation or Space Postage Stamp for a country called "aeromania"
Participating countries: Australia, Austria, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, FYR of Macedonia, Namibia, New Zeland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, Virgin Islands, Yugoslavia
1996 Airfield
Participating countries: Australia, Belgium, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech republic, Latvia, New Zealnd, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, USA, Virgin Islands, Yugoslavia
1995 My Own Flying Machine
Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA, Virgin Islands
1994 Flying Saves Lives
Participating countries: China, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA.
1993 Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow
Participating countries: Austria, Bangladesh, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA, Virgin Islands
1992 My Favourite Air Sport
Participating countries: Canada, China, Finland, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Russia, UK; USA, Virgin Islands
1991 Icare today or the Explorers of Modern Times
Participating countries: Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Virgin Islands
1990 Silent Flight
Participating countries: Australia, China, Ireland, Turkey, USA, USSR and 7 other countries
1989 My dream to Fly
Participating countries: Bulgaria, China, Denmark Egypt, Italy, France, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, USA
1988 Aviation Search and Rescue
Participating countries: China, Finland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA, USSR
1987 Aviation and Space in the year 2000
Participating countries: Turkey, UK, USA, USSR
1986 Flying
Participating countries: Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland, and 6 others countries

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 2014 contest is : Flying to save lives.