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Annual Art Contest

Marines in Flight

Art Contest


Winners Announced!

Next Contest will Open in Fall, 2023


The purpose of this Student Art Contest is to give students a platform to express their artistic and creative skills as they learn about U.S. and aviation history and the contributions, courage, and sacrifices of the men and women who designed, built, flew, and maintained these iconic aircraft as well as the missions they completed.


Subject Matter:

All aspects of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, past and present.

Who is Eligible?

All students in grades 6-12 in San Diego County plus all military dependents in grades 6-12 who reside in the Southwest District.


Awards will be made in two categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Cash Prizes in each of the two categories:

First Place      $300
Second Place $200
Third Place    $100


  • One Entry per student.

  • Artwork can be any paper medium or canvas board (colored pencil, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, or oils). Digitally created artwork is not being accepted for this contest.

  • All artwork originals must be in an 11 x14 format.

  • Paint must be dry, and artwork must be fixed to avoid smudging.

  • All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and not violate U.S. copyright laws.

  • Artist’s name and a title and description of the work must be included in each electronic entry.

  • Entries are to be submitted electronically by parents/guardians or teachers. Winners will be asked to deliver their original artwork to the foundation for scanning. A release form signed by a parent/guardian will be required of winning artists. Release forms will be sent to students once they are named finalists.

How Artwork will be Evaluated:


A committee representing the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation will complete the initial assessment of the artwork. A committee of professional artists will rank the finalists based on knowledge of the theme, creativity, and originality.


Photos featuring all aspects of USMC aviation are widely available online. Photos of the aircraft in the museum’s collection are located in our aircraft gallery



The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Questions and  Information:

Please call us at 858-693-1723 or send an email to

Submission Forms


To make submission as easy as possible we are accepting entries electronically. There are two forms to submit: a questionnaire about the work completed by the artist and a contact form attaching a photo of the artwork. The student questionnaire should be attached to the art contest submission form. Parents/guardians or teachers should submit the entries, not students.

Please keep the original artwork. Finalists will be notified and asked to deliver their artwork to the Foundation’s office. Finalists also will be required to submit a release form signed by their parent/guardian at that time.


  1. A student/artist questionnaire about their artwork.  These questions should be completed by the student.  Answers can be clearly handwritten or typed on the page provided or students are free to answer the questions on a different page. The answers should be given to a parent or teacher for submission.

  2. An online submission form. This form and the information requested should be completed and submitted by a parent/guardian or teacher. The student/artist questionnaire referenced above should be attached along with a photo of the artwork.

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