NAVA 52 Flag Design Proposals

We received 13 excellent entries in this year’s flag contest, making the selection of the winning design difficult indeed. After careful examination and study the contest judges choose Design #7 as winner.  The contest judges evaluated the submissions without knowing the designers’ names or the other judges.


Design #1

Design #2

Design #3

Design #4

Design #5

Design #6

Design #7

Design #8

Design #9

Design #10

Design #11

Design #12

Design #13

Design Descriptions:


Design #1 – (design by Jim Croft) The preeminent symbol of Québec City is a stylized ship.  The ship, Don de Dieu, Samuel de Champlain sailed on when he founded the city in 1608. It also symbolizes the city’s maritime vocation and its importance as a seaport. This symbol appears not only on the civic flag but on the coat of arms and logo as well. It is chosen for the NAVA 52 flag to signify that Québec City is the host city for the 2018 NAVA meeting.

The embattled white chevron alludes to the fact that Québec City is the only walled city in North America. The “V” also represents “vexillology.”

The two fleurs-de-lis are taken from the Québec provincial flag, affectionately known as the “Fleurdelise,” whose seventieth anniversary will be honored in 2018. The fleurs-de-lis are golden yellow on a blue field and they recall that from 1534 to 1763, the royal banner of France consisted of three golden fleurs-de-lis on a dark blue field was commonly used in New France (eastern Canada), during the French regime. The fleur-de-lis is also a ubiquitous symbol in Québec, being used not just on the flag but on such items as provincial license plates and highway signs as well. Its use here continues the tradition that all the flags of NAVA meetings in Québec to date have had a fleur-de-lis on them. The two fleurs-de-lis also indicated that this is the second time NAVA will be meeting in Québec City.

Finally, the white chevron represents the Roman numeral “five,” while the fleur-de-lis indicates “two.” Together they signify “52” or NAVA 52.


Designs #2 and #3 – (designs by Luc Baronian) These are the NAVA flag with the city symbol and colors.


Design #4 – (design by Luc Baronian) This is meant to be the Saint Lawrence on the left where Samuel de Champlain sailed and the Québec City Coast on the right. The three gold stripes represent the three decades since the adoption and grant of the current city flag.


Designs #5 and #6 – (designs by Luc Baronian) These are a sketch of the walled city overlooking the St. Lawrence. The NAVA inverted chevron rotated 90 degrees also makes a stylistic D from drapeau, the French word for “flag”.


Design #7 – (design by Zacary Edward Wilson-Fetrow) [no description submitted]


Design #8 and #9 – (designs by Tristan Ng) [no description submitted]


Design #10 – (design by William Belanich Jr.) This flag design symbolizes Québec City, the Province of Québec, Canada and NAVA.

The colors blue and white reflect those of the flag of Québec and are also found in the flags of the city of Québec and NAVA. These colors also symbolize the vast natural beauty and resources of Québec in the form of water and the snows of winter, which have both played a key role in the history, culture and economy of Québec as well as Canada in general.

The two white fleurs-de-lis on a blue field directly evokes the flag of the Province of Québec. The use of three fleurs-de-lis symbolizes that NAVA 52 will be the third annual NAVA meeting to take place in Québec in addition to NAVA 32 and 27, and also evokes the three fleurs-de-lis of the Québec provincial coat of arms.

The single blue fleur-de-lis on white symbolizes the sole annual meeting during the past century and millennium held in Québec, while the two white fleurs-de-lis symbolize the two annual meetings held in Québec in the new century and millennium.

The arrangement of the three fleurs-de-lis evokes the shape of the letter “V” for vexillology.

The serrated lines of blue and white represent many elements in a simple, dynamic design. The letter “V” for vexillology as found in the NAVA flag and many other annual meeting flags is evoked and repeated. The high and low points of the pattern recall the heights of the City of Québec contrasted with the valley of the Saint Laurence River. The repetition of the pattern recalls the border of the Québec city flag and also the contrasting angles of white on blue in the provincial flag. The pattern also evokes two natural symbols and one historical symbol of Québec, namely the waters of the Saint Laurence River (depicted on the city’s coat of arms as waves) and the nearby Laurentian Mountains as well as the sharp edges of the walls of the Citadelle of Québec. The seven white “peaks” of the serration within the field of the flag may also symbolize the seven decades since the adoption of the Fleurdelise flag by Québec in 1948.

This design attempts to symbolize these elements in a simple, elegant manner which evokes tradition while maintaining a modern dynamism.


Design #11 – (design by William Belanich Jr.) This flag design symbolizes Québec City, the Province of Québec, Canada and NAVA.

The colors blue and white reflect those of the flag of Québec and are also found in the flags of the city of Québec and NAVA.   These colors also symbolize the vast natural beauty and resources of Québec in the form of water and the snows of winter, which have both played a key role in the history, culture and economy of Québec as well as Canada in general.

White fleurs-de-lis on a blue field directly evokes the flag of the Province of Québec. The use of three fleurs-de-lis symbolizes that NAVA 52 will be the third annual NAVA meeting to take place in the province.

The serrated lines of blue and white represent many elements in a simple, dynamic design. The letter “V” for vexillology as found in the NAVA flag and many other annual meeting flags is evoked and repeated. The high and low points of the pattern recall the heights of the City of Québec contrasted with the valley of the Saint Laurence River. The repetition of the pattern recalls the border of the Québec city flag and also reflects the intersection of white on blue in the provincial flag. The pattern also evokes two natural symbols and one historical symbol of Québec, namely the waters of the Saint Laurence River (depicted on the city’s coat of arms) and the nearby Laurentian Mountains as well as the sharp edges of the walls of the Citadelle of Québec. The seven points of the serration within the field of the flag may also symbolize the seven decades since the adoption of the Fleurdelise flag by Québec.

This design attempts to symbolize these elements in a simple, elegant manner which evokes tradition while maintaining a modern dynamism.


Design #12 – (design by Hugh Brady) [no description submitted]


Design #13 – (design by Per Fahlen) This proposal combines the flags of NAVA, Québec City, and the province of Québec. The two fleurs-de-lis represent NAVA 52 as the second conference in Québec City.


Here were the top three judged submissions:

#1 Design # 7 by Zacary Edward Wilson-Fetrow
#2 Design #12 by Hugh Brady
#3 Design #10 by William Belanich, Jr.


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