Due to the coronavirus and the rescheduling of the Plein Air Convention & Expo, where the annual PleinAir Salon Awards are presented, the annual salon competition will be extended to March 2021.

The bi-monthly competition has now transitioned into a monthly competition that will continue until March 2021. At which time the finalists will be judged and the awards will be presented at the Plein Air Convention on May 27, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.

The August competition is open and is accepting entries until midnight on August 31, 2020!

George Billis, of George Billis Gallery, is the August judge.


You Could Win $15,000 If Your Painting Is
Chosen The Best Painting of the Year!

$27,000 in total CASH prizes

Annual Winners

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Act Today And You Could Be On Your Way To Being Richer Tomorrow

Monthly Winners

1st Place Overall


2nd Place Overall*


3rd Place Overall*


A Frightening Moment

Kathleen Hudson won the $15,000 prize in 2017 and her painting appeared on the cover of PleinAir magazine.

But have you heard the story of how her winning painting was almost destroyed?

Make sure you watch this video. It will have your palms sweating. After all … it could happen to you.

Dear Artists,

  • Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve had to change the date for our Plein Air Convention & Expo. That will now take place in August and since our PleinAir Salon awards are given out at the convention, we’ll be extending the Salon to the end of June.
  • April, May and June will now be monthly competitions with cash prizes for first, second and third places.
  • If you’ve never entered, it only takes a couple of minutes to create your own account. Once you do that, just upload the images of your best work and select the categories you wish to enter – very manageable to do!
  • All of our awards are CA$H, with the grand prize winner getting called up on stage at the Convention & Expo to claim their BIG FAT check for $15,000. That grand prize winner will also have their winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine (can it get any better?).
  • There are smaller cash awards, too, and you can find out all about them here.
  • And remember, even if a previous judge did not select your painting, our current judge just might find it to be a winner!

As if cash prizes weren’t enough, just imagine what winning in the PleinAir Salon could do to bring awareness to you and your artwork – now you can’t place a price on that, can you?

Now is the time, and this could be YOUR chance to be discovered and recognized as a true professional artist (or an amazing amateur, whichever you prefer!).

Pick your best work and enter now while it’s right at your fingertips. You DO NOT want to miss out on this opportunity!

Our Best,
Your Team at the PleinAir Salon

PS: Go ahead, take a chance and enter one or more paintings into the PleinAir Salon. Most of our winners never thought they would have their artwork selected for a prize … just imagine their delight when they were chosen! You deserve to see if your art is a winner, so enter now and start dreaming about what you will do with all that cash if you’re selected!


George Billis

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August 2020 Judge; George Billis of the George Billis Gallery, NYC and LA

Recent Awards

June 2020

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As Judged by Mr. Jean Stern

Past Winners

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