The PleinAir Salon $33,000 Art Competition is a monthly online competition consisting of 18 categories. We award $33,000 each year for this competition. The Annual Grand Prize winner receives a check for $15,000 and is featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. We award an additional $6,500 to the annual winners and we award $1,100 monthly to the top three winners of each competition. The annual awards are presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo.

We are a completely online competition so there is no mailing your artwork for an exhibition. You are also able to submit paintings whether they have won another competition or not. It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure. Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. PleinAir Magazine, is the #1 representational art magazine at Barnes & Noble.


Prize summary:
Over $33,000 in Cash Prizes!
Prizes Details:

The Annual Grand Prize winner receives a check for $15,000 and will be featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, the #1 representational magazine at Barnes & Noble.

Other Annual Prizes include: Second Place: $3,000; Third Place: $1,500; People’s Choice: $500; Three Honorable Mentions: $500 each

We also award winners in our monthly competitions. First Place: $600; Second Place: $300; Third Place: $100; People’s Choice: $500



Entry Fee:

Fee Detail:
$38 first entry, $16 all other entries
How to Apply:

Visit us at to learn more about PleinAir Salon and to Enter!

Contact Information:


Deadline: 31/05/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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