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Theme of the FAI Young Artists Contest

The 2018 Theme: Flying in the future

If you have ever dreamed of flying or built a paper airplane, you have walked in the footsteps of the men and women who created the world of aviation as we know it today. Ideas were written on paper. Wooden and cloth models were built to test the designs before the actual balloons, gliders, and planes were built and tested by brave men and women in the air. Today, aircraft designers from all over the world work together, planning and testing their ideas on computers. As the designs take shape, engineers and manufactures built with the latest composites and other materials to make them lighter and more versatile than ever before to meet the needs of today’s flyers.

The first planes were slow and sluggish. Today, aerobatic planes race across the skies at over 400kph and twist and turn their composite bodies in ways that would have torn apart earlier aircraft. Balloons have gone from floating above cities to floating over the world, requiring space suits in the thin air! Those toy gliders have turned into drones of all shapes and sizes. Real wooden gliders have become lighter and more sophisticated, climbing higher and flying longer than ever before. Each generation brings its passion for flight and blends new technologies and ideas to build on the knowledge of the past.

What new innovations and ideas will shape the aviation of the future? From hang gliders and parachutists, to drone pilots and citizen astronauts, the only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today. It’s time to tap into your own imagination, grab your favorite set of crayons, markers, pencils, or paints and create a poster for this year’s Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s theme, Flight into the Future. Show us your vision of what can happen when people work together and follow their passion for flight.

Thème 2018: « Vol dans le Futur »

Si vous avez jamais rêvé de voler ou de construire un avion en papier,  de marcher sur les traces des hommes et des femmes qui ont créé le monde de l'aviation tel que nous le connaissons aujourd’hui… Les idées ont été écrites sur papier. Des modèles en bois et en tissu ont été construits pour tester les modèles avant que les ballons, les planeurs et les avions ne soient construits et testés dans l’air  par des hommes et des femmes courageux. Aujourd'hui, les concepteurs d'avions du monde entier travaillent ensemble, planifient et testent leurs idées sur les ordinateurs. Au fur et à mesure que les modèles prennent forme, les ingénieurs et les fabricants les construisent avec les derniers matériaux composites et autres matériaux pour les rendre plus légers et plus polyvalents que jamais afin de répondre aux besoins des aviateurs d'aujourd'hui.

Les premiers avions étaient lents et traînaient. Aujourd'hui, les avions de voltige traversent les cieux à plus de 400 km / h,  se tordent et tournent leurs corps fabriqués de matériaux composites;  ce qui aurait  déchiré les avions plus anciens. Les ballons sont passés du vol au-dessus des villes pour voler dans le monde entier, nécessitant des costumes spatiaux dans l’air raréfié. Ces planeurs, de jouets se sont transformés en drones de toutes formes et tailles. Les vrais planeurs en bois sont devenus plus légers et plus sophistiqués, grimpant plus haut et volant plus longtemps que jamais auparavant. Chaque génération apporte sa passion pour le vol et associe nouvelles technologies et  idées, en se basant sur les connaissances du passé.

Quelles nouvelles innovations et idées vont façonner l'aviation du futur? Des parapenteurs et parachutistes aux pilotes de drones et astronautes , la seule limite à l'avenir du vol est l'imagination des constructeurs, des rêveurs et des pilotes d'aujourd'hui.

Il est temps de faire appel à ta propre imagination, de saisir toutes sortes de crayons, marqueurs ou  peintures préférés et de créer une affiche sur le thème choisi cette année par la Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, «Vol dans le Futur».

Montre-nous ta vision de ce qui peut arriver lorsque les gens travaillent ensemble et suivent leur passion pour le vol.

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 2018 Contest is

"Flying in the future"

Details on the theme available 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, will be considered by the International Jury.

All entries from FAI members (and not from individuals directly) must be received at the FAI Office at the following address before 1st April 2018:

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 2008 and 31 December 2011).
    • Group II - Intermediate Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2004 and 31 December 2007).
    • Group III - Senior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003)
  • 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.

Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015”

FAI Young Artists Contest: Results

2017 Beyond the clouds
Participating Countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, India, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA
2016 Air sports in harmony with nature
Participating countries: Lithuania, Japan, China, USA, Turkey, Poland, Russia, India, Switzerland, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Italy
2015 Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015
Participating countries : China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA
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 2018 contest is : Flying in the future.

Thème 2018 : Vol dans le futur.