Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow - Young People's Aviation Art Contest




“Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow” is the theme for the UK’s Aviation Art Contest. The Light Aircraft Association is facilitating the UK competition in association with the Royal Aero Club, Pilot magazine and the Guild of Aviation Artists, with the winning UK entries being forwarded to the global FAI Young Artists Contest 2020.


The FAI Young Artists Contest is run in collaboration with FAI Members around the world. Last year thousands of youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17 took part from 16 countries. Gold, Silver and Bronze FAI Medals will be awarded to the winners for three age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-17 years old).


UK entries must be received by the Light Aircraft Association, Turweston, Northamptonshire, NN13 5YD by 31st January 2020. They will be judged by representatives from the LAA, Guild of Aviation Artists and Royal Aero Club. Three entries in each category will be selected to be sent to Lausanne for the international competition in April 2020. All entries will be acknowledged and the selected artists informed that their entries have won the UK category.


The winning UK entries will be sent to Lausanne in March 2020 for judging in the Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s Aviation Art Contest. We look forward to receiving entries from across the UK, from individuals and schools as well as Air Scouts and Air Cadets.


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. Participation in the National contests is limited to residents of that country. Entries will be judged in 3 classes:

  • Group I - Junior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2013).
  • Group II - Intermediate Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2009).
  • Group III - Senior Category (Date of birth between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2005)


Format. The required format for all entries is A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11 3/4 X 16 1/2 inches). Artwork must not be framed or outlined with borders.

All artwork must be done by hand (or, in the case of handicapped children, by foot or mouth).



Media. 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.


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.



The following should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork:

Title, Family name, Given name, Address, Date of birth (Day/Month/Year), Country of residence,

Name and address of school / group which child attends.



Certificate of Authenticity

A Certificate should be included, 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 United Kingdom resident.

Certificates are to be signed by the entrant's parent, teacher, or other suitable person.


For any further information please contact Aviation Art co-ordinator Anne Hughes.



Light Aircraft Association

3rd June 2019