PleinAir Salon winner
Jim McVicker's winning painting on the cover of Plein Air Magazine

Note: Your time is running out to enter the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition and have a chance to win $15,000 cash.

This is the story of how a losing painting won!

Jim McVicker had a painting he knew was a winner, but he entered it in the PleinAir Salon art competition and it didn’t win. For a moment, it was a losing painting. So he entered it again. Still no success.

Jim believed in his painting, so he entered it once again.

Finally, after those rejections, one of the judges of the PleinAir Salon recognized Jim’s talent and chose his as the best painting for one of the categories.

That meant Jim was automatically entered into the annual judging.

Then the winners from every category in every monthly competition were in the running for the annual prize. Jim’s painting won first place.

But that’s not all he won. His winning artwork was also featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine (just like all of our Salon grand prize winners!) Just think what that could do for your art career.


The Secrets to Winning

Time and time again, past winners of the PleinAir Salon tell us that the secret to winning is to …

• Keep entering the same painting. What one judge dislikes, another will like.
• Enter as many categories as possible.
• Enter as many paintings as possible.

It really is that simple.

Persistence pays off. To enter:
1. Take a photo of your paintings
2. Press the Enter button below or go to
3. Create an account (one time only)
4. Upload your photo
5. Click “Enter.”

Good luck!

You have less than one more to enter the PleinAir Salon. Do it now.

P.S. In total, we award $50,000 in cash prizes annually. Enter now and see if you can grab a share of that prize!

Browse announcements of the winners of our previous art competitions here.


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