Winning artwork proves flying can save lives

Winning artwork proves flying can save lives

May 20, 2014

Sky Waters of Minnesota took first in the national competition for 10 to 13 year olds.	Justin Lee of Virginia took first in the nation for ages 14 to 17.

If you view the winning artwork of an aviation youth art contest, one thing is clear: Flying can save lives.


That’s not by coincidence. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and National Aeronautic Association came up with that theme for its 2014 International Aviation Art Contest, which is designed to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering and science. The National Association of State Aviation Officials managed the contest in the United States, receiving artwork from more than 4,800 students living in 29 states.


The U.S. winners were announced in March, and then forwarded to Switzerland for the international competition. The first-place U.S. winners include Jidapa Janathompoing of Lexington, Mass. in the 6-to-9-year-old category; Sky Waters, of Eagan, Minn. in the 10-to-13-year-old category; and Justin Lee, of Herndon, Va. in the 14-17-year-old category.


The artwork was judged for its originality, creativity and use of the theme by a panel that included Margaret Finch, an artist who specializes in aviation art; Debbie Gallaway, former U.S. representative to the FAI and former NASA education coordinator; and Art Greenfield, the director of contest and records for the NAA.


All three received ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork.


To be eligible for the national judging, students had to participate in state-wide art contests and place first, second or third in one of the three age groupings.

Jidapa Janpathompong of Lexington, Mass. took first in the U.S. competition for 6 to 9 year olds.