South Dakota Pilots Association

South Dakota 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. 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: https://dot.sd.gov/transportation/aviation/aerospace-education. This web site also has images of the top three South Dakota winners in each age category for past years.

Theme

Art Contest The theme of the 2020 Aviation Art Contest is "Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow."
The dream to fly is thousands of years old. Ancient stories from around the world tell us of those who wanted to take flight. Their stories of successes and failures started to become reality in the late 1800s, when men and women used the growing technological know-how to build the craft that, up until then, had only been possible in our dreams.

Early balloonists excited the world with flights covering 25 miles in under 3 hours. Gliders have increased distances and heights as well. While the first glider pilots jumped their gliders from hills and mountains, today’s gliders are towed high into the air and can travel for hundreds of kilometers or more. The first airplanes were made of cloth and wood, and those early crafts were powered by engines that produced around 12 horsepower. While the physics of flight remains the same, the technology is always advancing.

Each generation has learned from those that have come before, adding to what is possible while holding true to the love of flight that is in the heart of all aviators. The dreams of flight have become the reality of today’s sports aviation. The hang gliders, balloonists, racers, and aerobatic pilots fly above us and show what is possible today. What does the future hold? Where will the young aviation dreamers of today lead us?

Contest Information

This Year’s Deadline:

Entries must be postmarked by January 17, 2020, 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 “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow” 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, 2010 and December 31, 2013.
  • Group II – Intermediate Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009.
  • Group III – Senior Category
    • Date of birth between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005.

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 jennifer.boehm@state.sd.us).

2020 SD Aviation Art Contest Winners

The theme of the 2020 Aviation Art Contest was “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow.” There were 72 submissions for the Contest from nine schools. There were 34 submissions in the 6-9 year old group, 32 submissions in the 10-13 year old group, and 6 submissions in the 14-17 year old group – for a total of 72 submissions. The SDPA provided $250 for the first place winners, and advertised the contest in the Jan-Feb 2020 SDPA newsletter, in the January newsletter of the Yankton Regional Aviation Association, and sent a news release to 47 SD media outlets.

Click here for winners. [PDF]