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Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aeronautics sponsors the Aviation Art Contest to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state. The annual contest offers all children who live in or attend school in NH the chance to explore different aspects of aviation.

The contest theme for 2020 is "Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow."

Madeline Kane Group III 1st place 2017

Madeline Kane Group III 1st place 2017

Theme: Flying yesterday & 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?


Mail artwork and Certificate of Authenticity to:

NH DOT Aviation Art Contest
Bureau of Aeronautics
PO Box 483
Concord, NH 03302-0483

Carolena Ojala Group II 1st place 2016

Carolena Ojala - Group II 1st place 2016

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. Plan ahead so that you do not miss the deadline.


Age Categories

Group I - Junior Category
Born between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013

Group II - Intermediate Category
Born between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009

Group III - Senior Category
Born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005



All youth ages 6-17 who live in and/or attend school in New Hampshire and are in the age groups above are eligible to participate.
Children who are related to officials and employees of the NH Department of Transportation are also eligible to participate. All artwork must be done by hand (or in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth).

Amelia Hone Group I 1st place 2018

Amelia Hone - Group I 1st place 2018



  • 11 X 17 inches (Ledger/Tabloid)
  • Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders
  • Artwork should clearly represent the theme of the contest


Permitted Media Prohibited Media
  • Acrylic
  • Pencil
  • Oil paint
  • Charcoal
  • Watercolor
  • Other non-permanent medium
  • Indelible marker pens
  • Computer-generated artwork
  • Felt-tip pens
  • collage work involving the use of photocopies
  • Soft ball-point pens
  • Indelible ink
  • Crayola
  • Other similar indelible medium



This Certificate of authenticity must be attached to the back of the artwork.

The following information must also be included on the back of the artwork:

  • first and last name
  • mailing address
  • date of birth
  • name and address of child's school

Contest Levels

State: Entries in each age group are judged and state winners and runners-up are selected. The top three entries in each age group are forwarded to Washington, DC to be judged in the national competition.

National: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place national winners are selected from the state submissions. Winners receive certificates, ribbons and framed reproduction of their artwork.

International: National winners are forwarded to FAI headquarters.


Official Brochure

See official brochure for more information.



If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Plant at (603) 271-1094 or

We look forward to seeing your artwork!!

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

copyright 2015. State of New Hampshire