October 25, 2002

Calling All Entries!

San Diego Children Commissioned for 2003 Aviation Art Contest

Celebrating “100 Years of Powered Flight,” the San Diego International Airport, Port of San Diego, and San Diego Aerospace Museum are calling for entries in their seventh annual children’s aviation art contest.

The 2003 International Aviation Art Contest is accepting visual artwork submissions from children, ages 6-17, in San Diego County. In addition to a colorful palette of local prizes, winning entries will move on the state and national competitions, as well as the international competition to be held in Paris, France.

To encourage interest and participation in aeronautics, engineering and science, the contest is sponsored by a consortium of national and international aviation groups, including the Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautic Association, National Association of the State Aviation Officials, NASA and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).


Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 4, 2002 and mailed or delivered to: San Diego Aerospace Museum, Education Department, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101.


Entries will be judged in three age classes (determined by the age of the entrant on Dec. 31, 2002), ages 6-9, ages 10-13 and ages 14-17.


Prizes will be awarded for each age class and include Aerospace Museum memberships, gift certificates, free registration to Aerospace Museum summer programs, Aerospace Museum passes and art supplies, to name a few.

Submission Requirements

All artwork entered must be 11”x17” in size and must NOT be framed, laminated, mounted or outlined with borders.

The artwork must also be handmade using any of the following mediums: watercolor, acrylic or oil paint, indelible marker, colored pencil, felt tip pen, soft ballpoint pen, indelible ink - crayons or similar indelible mediums.

The following mediums are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal or other non-permanent mediums, computer-generated artwork or collage work, involving the use of photocopies.

Only one entry per person is allowed.


All children between the ages of 6-17, living in San Diego County, are eligible to participate in the contest. This includes children who are related to employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, San Diego Aerospace Museum, Port of San Diego and its tenants or San Diego International Airport.

Authenticity and Property

All entries, and age of each artist, must be certified for authenticity by a parent, guardian or teacher. Official entry form and certification of authenticity must be attached to the back of the artwork, see contest brochure on the Port’s Web site at www.portofsandiego.org. Once received, all entries will become and remains the property of the FAI or state sponsor and may be reproduced or used for a variety of purposes. Entrants may make a copy of the artwork, prior to submission, for their own use.

The Port of San Diego is a special government entity, created in 1962 by an act of the California legislature to manage San Diego Harbor, operated San Diego International Airport and administer the public lands along San Diego Bay.

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