PleinAir Salon Online Art Competition

The 14th Annual PleinAir Salon is an online art competition with 12 monthly cycles and is open to a variety of mediums and styles. It’s not just for plein air painters. We invite a variety of top master artists, museum directors, and gallery owners to judge each month. All monthly winners are automatically included in the annual competition where the Grand Prize winner receives $15,000 and has their painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, the #1 representational art magazine at Barnes & Noble.

Competition Rules

Welcome to a new year! April brings you the 14th Annual PleinAir Salon Online Art Competition!

Because this competition is created by PleinAir magazine, which features not only plein air paintings, but also studio paintings, all types of paintings are eligible* and do not need to have been completed in plein air.  As we know, many plein air painters finish paintings in the studio or also work in entirely different subject matter. Our interest is in rewarding great paintings.

*This is a traditional 2d painting and drawing competition. Photography, digital, AI-generate or 3d art is NOT eligible.

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FEES

Early Bird Entry Fee: From the 1st-15th each month. First entry is $29, all additional entries are $12.*

Regular Entry Fee: From the 16th-month-end. First entry is $38, all additional entries are $16.*

*Paintings entered in multiple categories are considered separate entries, and will require a fee for each category entered.

Non-refundable: All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid via credit or debit card prior to entering. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us using the Contact Us page.

Credits: These are purchased for each painting you want to enter. Credits need to be used during the same monthly competition in which they were purchased. Unused credits will not roll over to the next competition. 

See also “Why Are Entry Fees Required” in our FAQ.

RULES

Original Artwork: All entries must be original compositions and cannot be based on anything that has been published elsewhere. Copies of other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible.

Photographs: Paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if copyright-free) are NOT eligible. Reference photos must belong to the artist entering. 

One Artist Only: All entries must be 100% painted by the artist entering and cannot have been painted partially by an instructor. Nor can someone enter the artwork of an artist who is now deceased. Paintings that were created as part of a group workshop where multiple artists painted the same image are NOT eligible.

Paintings/Drawings ONLY: Photography, AI, digital, printed or painted over photographs are PROHIBITED.

The PleinAir Salon reserves the right to refuse any artwork if the method with which is was created is questionable. And any artist who enters digitally altered images will be banned for future competitions.

Employees or associates of Streamline Publishing, Inc., or their immediate families may not enter.

Grand Prize: An artist can only win the Grand Prize once. Grand Prize winners can continue to enter the PleinAir Salon, but with the understanding they are no longer eligible to win the Grand Prize again. 

ENTRY DETAILS

ArtCall Account: When first entering the PleinAir Salon Art Competition, you’ll be asked to create a profile on ArtCall.org. If you do not have an artist account at ArtCall.org, click here. This is FREE, and takes just a few minutes. Then you can begin entering paintings. 

Categories: There are 19 categories to enter. Please read the criteria for each category clearly, as some have restrictions. If a painting does not meet the criteria for the category it was entered into, it will be disqualified.

Click here to view all the Categories.

Plein Air Categories: Paintings entered into any of the Plein Air categories must have been completed 100% in plein air. This can take place over multiple sessions, but it CANNOT have been finished in the studio. 

Image Sizes: Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, and no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work can be found HERE. Help resizing your painting can be found HERE

Please review our extensive FAQ for additional questions. If you still need additional assistance you can contact us HERE.

Online Only: Paintings do not need to be new or fresh, or even in your possession. Since this is an online competition, older, and sold, paintings are accepted.

Entry Limits: There is a limit of 75 entries you can enter in each monthly competition. Because there are multiple categories you might increase your odds by entering multiple categories.

Winning Paintings: A painting can win only once. If the painting has been entered in multiple categories, it can only win in ONE category. Additionally any painting that has not previously won a category award, can be re-entered in subsequent competitions. For example, a painting that receives an honorable mention award can be re-entered the next month. 

Note: All monthly winners are included in the judging of the Annual Competition, so there is no need to enter a winning painting multiple times.

Inappropriate images: PleinAir magazine reserves the right to reject or not display any image that it feels is inappropriate or distasteful, if the image’s resolution quality is poor, if we believe the image is a copy of another painting, or it does not meet the above criteria.

People’s Choice Voting: After each competition closes, artists are invited to share their entered paintings on social media for the People’s Choice Award. Voting takes place through ArtCall, and anyone who wishes to vote will be required to create a free account.

Everyone is allowed to cast 5 votes, but only 1 vote per painting.

Deadline 31 May 2024

Website link: https://pleinairsalon.com/competition-rules/?utm_source=XRAB_CLS_20240401_plein-air-salon-classified-art-rabbit_PAS_10629

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    May 1, 2024 8:00 am
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Event Details
  • Start Date
    May 1, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    May 31, 2024 12:00 am
  • Status
    Showing
  • Location
  • Price
      29
  • Organizer
  • Category