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2020 Charlotte, North Carolina - AALAS Foundation “Biplane Battle” Contest


Because of the cancellation of the In Person AALAS Foundation National Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina due to the Covid 19 Pandemic and the implementation of the Virtual National Meeting, the AALAS Foundation “Biplane Battle” Contest Rules are revised as follows for the virtual meeting.

First In Flight!

Gather up your paint brushes! The AALAS Foundation Biplane Battle contest is on!

Do you want to be part of an exciting and creatively challenging contest that’s sure to be loads of fun and will also benefit the AALAS Foundation?

North Carolina is known for the Wright Brothers whose “Flying Machine” was the first powered airplane to execute controlled and sustained flight.  That’s why, this year, the AALAS Foundation has designed a “Biplane Battle” contest and we are challenging contestants to paint/decorate a wooden 8” x 7.5” airplane – link to purchase official plane will be provided to contestants upon registration and payment of entry fee.

To Enter the Contest

To enter the Contest, submit your $25 contest entry fee no later than September 14th, 2020.

Each contestant entering into the contest will be assigned a unique registration number by the AALAS Foundation.  

All entries must be assigned into one of the following contest categories: Individual Category, Corporate Category, Branch Category or Institution / Organization Category. Note: AALAS Foundation reserves the right to make final category selections for all entries.

All who enter the contest and pay the $25 contest entry fee will be emailed a link to purchase the official 8” x 7.5” official 10” x 3 ½ “ wooden airplane for painting/decorating, along with specific guidelines for the contest. The cost to purchase the wooden airplane is approximately $3.00, plus shipping (approx. $7.50), and tax, which varies based on location.

Contest Guidelines
  • Each contestant is required to submit digital photo of the officially approved AALAS Foundation wooden airplane for entry into the contest. DO NOT MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES OR BIPLANES TO THE AALAS FOUNDATION.
  • The official wooden biplane must be ordered directly from the link provided by the AALAS Foundation. (Link to be provided to contestant after registration fee has been paid.).  
  • Any artistic medium may be used on an entry – paint, glue, pencil, ink, paper, staples, textiles, etc.
  • Entries may not include animal body parts or tissue or replicas thereof.
  • An entry must not exceed more than 11” in height.
  • An entry must not exceed more than 10” in width.
  • An entry must not exceed more than 8” in depth.
  • All entries must not weight more than one pound.
  • All entries are subject to review for approval and acceptance into the contest by the Contest Review Committee whose decisions are final. Any entry deemed to contain inappropriate and/or offensive material or content by the Contest Review Committee will be ineligible for entry into the contest and contestant’s $25 registration fee will be refunded.
  • Contestants must provide a digital photo of their entry to the AALAS Foundation by October 15, 2020, to be eligible for inclusion in the Facebook photo gallery. Email photos to
  • All registered and accepted photo entries received will be on display on the AALAS Foundation Facebook page and on the AALAS Foundation’s “Biplane Battle” page in the AALAS National Meeting virtual platform.
  • The public will have an opportunity to go online to judge the entries and “vote” for their favorite entry. A “vote” is a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation.  Each “vote” requires a minimum $5.00 donation. Online contest “voting” begins Sunday, October 25, 2020, and ends Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST.
All branches, companies, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate. The main goal of this lively event is to help raise funds to support the AALAS Foundation in its mission to educate the public about the importance of biomedical research and the compassionate professionals working in the field of laboratory animal science.

How to Win
  • There are four contest categories: Individual, Corporate/Company, Branch, and Institution/Association. The entry receiving the most “votes”/donations collected on its behalf, within each category, will be determined the category winner.
  • There will be four category winners – one from each category.
  • A “Fans’ Favorite” winner will be awarded to the entry receiving the most Facebook “likes” on the AALAS Foundation’s “Biplane Battle” Facebook photo gallery by 7:00 pm CST, November 15, 2020. Contestants must submit a digital photo of their entry to the AALAS Foundation by October 15, 2020 to be eligible for inclusion in the “Fan Favorite” category of the contest. Winner will be announced at the AALAS Foundation web site and Facebook page on or about November 17, 2020.
  • A “Best of Show” winner will be selected by members of AALAS and AALAS Foundation Leadership. Winner will be announced on or about November 17, 2020 at AALAS Foundation web site and Facebook page.
Winner Selection
AALAS members, their family and friends may “vote” on behalf of the entry of their choosing. The awarding of “votes” is actually a financial donation to the AALAS Foundation. A winner from each of the four (4) categories will be selected. The entry that receives the most “votes/donations” on its behalf by the end of the contest, November 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST, will be deemed the first place winner of its category.

Entry into AALAS Foundation Mobile Silent Auction

All entrants into the contest may agree to donate their entry to the AALAS Foundation and its mobile Silent Auction. An entry donated to the AALAS Foundation mobile Silent Auction will be acknowledged as a $5 donation to the AALAS Foundation.

All contestants who choose to donate their entry into the AALAS Foundation 2020 Mobile Silent Auction agree to ship their donated biplane entry, at their expense, to the winning silent auction bidder (shipping only to addresses in the Continental USA). AALAS Foundation will provide shipping information once the 2020 Mobile Silent Auction has ended.