Robert Malherbe, “Lithgow Wetlands,” oil on linen, 91.8 x 76.5 cm. (Winner, 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize)

Plein air painters from the emerging to professionals have a chance to win $20,000 via the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in Australia. Think it’s only open to artists from “down under”? Think again. The electronic deadline approaches.

What better way to elevate your international profile AND make yourself $20,000 richer? Now in its 10th year, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is open for electronic entries for a fee of $40. If you win, you’ll pocket $20,000 and be featured in a public exhibition at the Parliament House in October 2017.

Via the website, “Any artist, professional or emerging, is eligible to enter this landscape painting prize” — but, “Your painting must evoke a subject found in New South Wales. It must have been begun since 1 May 2015 and must have been painted in the tradition of ‘en plein air’.”

Organizers continue, “The 2017 Plein Air Art Prize will have a two-fold judging process. All stages will be judged by distinguished experts in Australian art appointed by the NSW Parliament. Three judges will see all electronic entries, and select no less than 60 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists shall be notified and will deliver their works to the Parliament of NSW on the given dates, and the three judges will select a maximum of 45 finalists to be hung in the exhibition. A separate judge will then select one winner and up to three highly commended works from the finalists.”

The deadline? Better act fast. Submissions are accepted through Friday, July 21.

Learn more by visiting here.

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