Two U.S. Students Place in International Aviation Art Contest

Artwork above – Jihyeon (Elly) Han (age 13, KS) placed first in the intermediate category.

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) congratulates Jihyeon (Elly) Han (age 13, KS) for placing first in the intermediate category and Yuhan Lam (age 9, NJ) for placing second in the junior category of the 2023 International Young Artist Contest. They are two of the nine artists who placed nationally in the U.S. portion of the contest, which is coordinated annually by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

Yuhan Lam (age 9, NJ) placed second in the junior category.

The winners of the 2023 International Young Artist Contest were announced by its sponsor the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Young artists from Lithuania, USA and Japan received the first prizes in the three age categories of the 2023 contest. The participating countries in this year’s edition were China, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Thailand and USA. The goal of the contest is to inspire youth to reflect on the importance of aviation and express their ideas through art.

Contest submissions are grouped into three separate age categories for judging, allowing students ranging from 6-17 years old to compete. The 2023 theme, “Air Sports and the Environment” encouraged participants to explore the ways that air sports can interact harmoniously with our environment.

To qualify for the U.S. national contest, all artwork was first submitted into state-level competitions, with the winning entries forwarded to NASAO for national award consideration. This year, NASAO received over 150 pieces of art from 20 participating states. Congratulations to the 2023 U.S. National and International winners!

View the 2023 international winning entries