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SD Aviation Art Contest

The SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and South Dakota Pilots Association are sponsors of the annual South Dakota Aviation Art Contest for children aged 6 to 17. The contest has been held in South Dakota in past years, but has not been widely publicized in the past. Soooooo, tell your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor kids, and school teachers!!

Each year a different theme is selected for the Art Contest and in 2019 the theme is “My Dream to Fly.”  More information about the contest and links to the other web sites can be found at the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit web site: This web site also has images of the top three South Dakota winners in each age category for past years.

2019 International Aviation Art Contest brochure (PDF)

Artwork of winners will be published in the SDPA newsletter and SDPA web site.


The theme of the 2019 Aviation Art Contest is “My Dream to Fly.”  2019 Photo Contest
    Have you ever sat in class, looked out the window, and wondered what it would be like to fly?  Inside many of us, a dream to fly is just waiting for the chance to come to life.
    Nature has many ways to encourage us to dream. For those who want to join the hawks of the air, dreams of flight will lead to new aircraft of many types.  In addition, these aircraft of many shapes & sizes will allow us to race through the air with ease and grace. 
    For many, the race to the border of space will lead to dreams of high-powered planes going faster and higher than ever before.
    Each achievement in flight has started with a dream. Along the way, the next generation of aviation enthusiasts have built their dreams on the works of those who came before.  Now, it’s your turn.  Where ever your imagination takes you when you look to the clouds, it’s time to pick up your favorite art supplies and share your thoughts of “My Dream to Fly!”


Contest Information

This Year’s Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by January 18, 2019, and must be sent to the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit (700 East Broadway Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-2586).

This Year’s Theme: This year’s theme is “My Dream to Fly” Artwork will be judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world.

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 organizations including the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit.

Age Groups: Entries will be judged in three classes:

  • Group I – Junior Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012.
  • Group II – Intermediate Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008.
  • Group III – Senior Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2004.

State Awards: Entries in each age group will be judged and state winners and runners-up will be selected (typically Jennifer Boehm, SD Department of Transportation, is the contest judge). Winners will receive a first, second, or third place certificate and recognition from the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit. The SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and the SDPA also give winners either art supplies, or aviation-related items such as model rockets or model airplanes (Legos kits that can be made into airplanes for the younger kids). The top three winners in each age category will be published in the SDPA newsletter & SDPA web site and presented on the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit web site. The top three entries in each age group from South Dakota will be forwarded to Washington, DC, to participate in the national competition.

National Awards:  A first, second, and third place national winner will be selected from each age group.  All national winners will receive a certificate, ribbon, and a framed reproduction of their artwork.  

International Awards:  The first, second, and third place national winners in each age group will be forwarded to FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) headquarters for international judging.  Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver, or bronze medals. 

Contest Rules

Artwork Dimensions: Artwork size should be 11-3/4x16.5 inches(A3), or if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. 8.5x11 inches entries are NOT eligible. Artwork must NOT be framed, or outlined with borders.

Medium: All artwork must be hand (or, in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth) made. Any of the following media are permitted:  watercolor, acrylic, oil paints, indelible markers, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola, or similar indelible mediums. The following media are NOT permitted: Pencil, charcoal or other nonpermanent medium, computer generated artwork, no collage work involving the use of photocopies.

Markings: The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the art:  title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which child attends, and certificate of authenticity.  (this certificate is part of the Contest Brochure – obtainable for Jennifer Boehm). 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 recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

Reproduction Rights: Once received, entries will become and remain the property of the Fédération Aeronautique Internationale or SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit and may be used for a variety of purposes.

Sponsors: The SD Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the South Dakota Pilots Association. For more information and a copy of the official brochure containing the Certificate of Authenticity, contact Jennifer Boehm at the SD Office of Air, Rail & Transit, Pierre, SD (phone 605-773-4430 or email

2019 SD Aviation Art Contest Winners

The theme of the 2019 Aviation Art Contest was “My Dream to Fly.” There were 196 submissions for the Contest from nine teachers at nine public / private schools / home schools. There were 77 submissions in the 6-9 year old group, 118 submission in the 10-13 year old group, and 1 submission in the 14-17 year old group. The South Dakota Pilots Association provided $250 for the first place winners, and advertised the contest in the Nov-Dec 2018 and Jan-Feb 2019 newsletters, sent a news release to 47 SD media outlets.

Thank you Jennifer Boehm and Rayleen Rathbun, SD DOT Office of Air, Rail & Transit, for coordinating and judging the South Dakota Aviation Art Contest.

Click here for winners. (PDF)

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