Tilby won Second Place in the April-May 2016 contest of the PleinAir Salon with the painting “Blue Boat Reflected.” She won Best Landscape in the April-May 2014 contest with “Calm Before the Storm.” And then, in the August-September contest just a while ago, she won First Place with “Twelve Small Boats.”
“I’ve been entering the Salon for a couple of years,” says Tilby. “It’s good marketing. It gives your painting a chance to be seen by a wider audience.”
Those wishing to follow Tilby’s example need to hurry — the deadline for the October-November contest in the Salon is just a week away.
The PleinAir Salon consists of six bi-monthly contests, with the First, Second, and Third Place winners of each contest, and the category winners, automatically entered into the annual competition. First prize in the annual competition is $15,000 cash and the publication of the winning image on the cover of PleinAir magazine, along with a feature story. Second Place earns an artist $3,000 and an article in the digital edition of PleinAir magazine. Third Place yields $1,500 in cash. Three additional finalists win $500. Aside from First, Second, and Third Place overall, categories include Best Oil, Best Pastel, Best Watercolor, Best Acrylic, Best Plein Air, Best Building, Best Figure in the Landscape, Best Floral, Best Landscape, Best Outdoor Still Life, Best Nocturne, Best Water, Best Vehicle, Best Sketchbook, Best Artist Over 65, Best Student (Over 18), and Best Artist Under 30.
Did you know that the PleinAir Salon just got a little richer in prizes? There have long been big annual prizes, but now artists earn cash for the top prizes in the bimonthly contests. The First Place winners in the six yearly contests each earn $1,000, with $500 going to Second Place and $250 going to the Third Place winners. The winner of each bi-monthly contest is also featured in this e-newsletter and profiled on OutdoorPainter.com. In mid-April, the $21,000 in annual prizes will be awarded to the annual winners at the 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo, in San Diego, California.
The next deadline is November 30, and C.W. Mundy is the judge. Enter now.