The March competition is open and is accepting entries until midnight on March 15, 2021!

Lance Rehs, Director of Rehs Contemporary, is the March judge.


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

$30,000 in total CASH prizes

Annual Winners

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Three Honorable Mentions


Monthly Winners

1st Place Overall


2nd Place Overall*


3rd Place Overall*


January Competition Monthly Winners

1st Place Overall – $600 Prize

“Morning Theatre” by Matthew Ryder
35×47 in., Oil

2nd Place Overall – $300 Prize

“Pacific Cliffs” by Michele Usibelli
16×20 in., Oil

3rd Place Overall – $100 Prize

“Saddle Peak in December” by Aaron Schuerr
20×24 in., Oil


Lance Rehs

Lance Rehs

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Mar 2021 Judge; Director of Rehs Contemporary

Recent Awards

January 2021 PleinAir Salon Art Awards

January 2021

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As Judged by Diane Waterhouse.

Past Winners

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.

The 10th Annual Salon Competition will take place from July 2020 to March 2021. Due to COVID-19, the awards will be presented virtually at PleinAir Live April 17th!

Dear Artists,

  • 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!

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