Deadline & Mailing Entries:

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 22, 2016.

Your entries should be mailed to:

NCDOT Aviation Art Contest
NC Division of Aviation
1560 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1560

Have Questions?

Have questions regarding the contest, contact us.

Phone: 919-814-0550
Email: Contact Us

What is the Art Contest?

The 2016 North Carolina Art Contest is a contest sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state.

This Year’s 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.

Artwork will be judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world.

Art Contest Requirements

Art Contest Eligibility

All children who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina and in the age groups below are encouraged to participate. Children who are related to officials and employees of NCDOT are also eligible to participate.

Art Contest Rules

  • Format: The required format is A3 (11¾ x 16½ inches) or, if this is unobtainable, 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 children with physical challenges, by foot or mouth).
    Any of the following media is 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 is NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; collage work involving the use of photocopies.
  • Markings: The artist's name should not appear on the front of the artwork. The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of the school the child attends, Certificate of Authenticity and title (if desired). There is no need for a title on the artwork, so entrants can decide for themselves whether to include one. However, there should be a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.
  • Certification: A parent, guardian or art teacher must certify the authenticity of the artwork and the age of each artist. The Certification of Authenticity must be completed and mailed with the artwork. You can find the form below.
  • Reproduction Rights: Once received, all entries will become and remain the properties of the NCDOT Division of Aviation and may be used for a variety of purposes. Those forwarded for international judging become and remain the property of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Art Contest Awards

  • State Awards: Entries in each age group will be judged, and state winners and runners-up will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition from the state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition.
  • National Awards: First-, second- and third-place national winners will be selected from each age group. All national winners will receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.
  • International Awards: The first-, second- and third-place winners in each age group will be forwarded to Federation Aeronautique Internationale Headquarters for international judging. Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver or bronze medals.

Age Groups

  • Group I – Junior Category: Date of birth between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009
  • Group II – Intermediate Category: Date of birth between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005
  • Group III – Senior Category: Date of birth between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2001

Additional information is available on the website of the National Association of State Aviation Officials.