MADISON, Wis. -

Kids between the ages of 7 and 17 have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills by participating in a statewide poster contest.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics holds the contest each year with specific themes, according to a release. This year’s theme is Flying Saves Lives; examples include medical helicopters, relief transport planes and aircraft used to put out wildfires.

The top three entries in three different age groups will go to a national competition and could possibly be entered in an international aviation contest, according to the release.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners statewide. First place gets $100 art supply gift certificate or an airplane ride for two. Second place gets a $75 art supply gift certificate. Third place gets a $50 art supply gift certificate.

All artwork must be original and cannot be computer-generated, according to the release. Visit the contest’s website for complete rules and the entry form.

Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 17 and mailed to Nicole Wiessinger, WisDOT – Bureau of Aeronautics, P.O. Box 7914, Madison, WI 53707-7914.