Marines in Flight Student Art Contest

(2020 Art Contest will open in January, 2020)

“Marines in Flight”

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2019 contest.  Updated guidelines will be published in January, 2020.  We will begin accepting entries on January 31, 2020 for the  next contest.

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.


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.


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

Subject Matter:

Marine Aircraft currently in use or historical aircraft from 1913 to the present.  Aircraft should be shown “in flight.”


2019 Winners Announced - See Winning Entries


  • One Entry per student.
  • Artwork can be any paper medium or canvas board (colored pencil, pastels, water colors, acrylics or oils.)
  • All artwork must be submitted in an 11 x14 format.
  • Paint must be dry and artwork must be fixed to avoid smudging.
  • Artist’s contact information and a title and description of the work must be attached to each entry.  All artwork must include a legal disclaimer signed by guardian.
  • Complete list of rules and requirements are contained in the packet containing the entry form and legal disclaimer.

Deadline: June 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Artwork can be hand delivered (during regular business hours) or sent by UPS or Fed Ex  to:
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave, San Diego, CA  92145-0316

If using USPS, mail to: 
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, PO Box 45316, San Diego, CA  92145-0316.

How Artwork will be Evaluated:

A committee of retired Marines representing the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum 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.


We welcome all visitors to the museum to see the collection of 31 historical aircraft on display! Photos of aircraft used by the USMC are widely available. Photos of the aircraft in the museum’s collection are located in our aircraft gallery


The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation are not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Questions and  Information:

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

Additional Information:
All submissions will become the sole property of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (sponsor) and will not be returned. 
Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry it deems fails to the meet the requirements of the official rules.
If the entrant is under the age of 18, they must have the signed consent of their parent or legal guardian to participate.  The consent form must be filled out and received before the artwork is eligible for the contest.
Please see the official rules and release form for additional information.

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Phone: 858-693-1723
4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316



4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145
P.O. Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316