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

Karen Hewitt, Painter and Gallery Owner of Hagan Fine Art, is the October 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*


September Competition Monthly Winners

1st Place Overall – $600 Prize

“At the Gardens, The Melon Gang” by John Buxton
32×34 in., Oil

2nd Place Overall – $300 Prize

“Noyo” by John Hewitt
22×30 in., Watercolor

3rd Place Overall – $100 Prize

“Threshing” by A. Shaw
20×30 in., Oil


Artist Karen Hewitt

Karen Hewitt

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October 2020 Judge; Painter and Gallery Owner of Hagan Fine Art

Recent Awards

10th Annual September 2020 PleinAir Salon Winner

September 2020

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As Judged by Mrs. Helena Fox.

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.

Due to the coronavirus, the 9th Annual Salon Competition was extended to June 2020. The annual awards will be announced in the near future. Please check back for details. 

The 10th Annual Salon Competition will take place from July 2020 to March 2021. Those awards will be presented at the Plein Air Convention on May 27, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.

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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