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Upcoming Contests

Select the calendar event -when available-for specific contest description. (Log on to vote with the Register button when voting enabled. The message "Registration is closed" refers to voting). Note that the dates given are the last dates of the contest, the date the voting ends.

    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 11:55 PM
    • Online

    2022 Summer Skies Online Contest

    PAPNM Artist, Signature and Master Signature members may participate in the 2022 Summer Skies Online Contest with paintings highlighting the beautiful summer skies and clouds from across the country. 

    Painting period: June 1 - Sept 10

    Image uploading: Jun 26 - Sept 10

    Out-of-state members are strongly encouraged to participate.

    Members are to upload their summer paintings to the 

    2022 Summer Skies Contest Album

    Read the Online Contest Prospectus for full requirements and instructions.

    Visit Online Contests for a full description of PAPNM Online Contests.   


    Voting Period: Sept 12-20:

    (ONLY Members will be able to vote: Master, Signature, Patrons and Artist members). 

    First review the album.

    Be sure to log on.

    Then to vote, select the Register button to the left (until Sep 20).

    Email Reminders will be sent.  Reply to any email with questions.

    Happy Painting/Voting,

    PAPNM Contest Chair

    If you wish to enter a contest, renew your artist* membership if lapsed (see instructions here). If not an artist member (yet) select Join Us.

    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 11:55 PM

    PAPNM Members: Log on to submit your entry when the album is available.


    Capturing the passage of colors in our landscape this fall in this online contest.

    Painting Period: Sep, Oct, Nov through Dec 10: Artist, signature and master members: paint :"en plein air"  during this time period and enter your (ONE) painting's image in the online album to be constructed.

    Voting Period: Dec 12 - 20: All active members: log in and vote for your favorite.

    Select the Register button to the left to vote -during the voting period- for your one favorite (remember the number and title of the favorite). (LOG ON FIRST to see the button). 

    Visit the Online Contests' page for the general contest description, benefits, requirements and instructions.

    Happy Painting/Voting,

    Karen Halbert, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico - Online Contest Coordinator

    Not an active member?  Visit Join Us 

    • 20 Mar 2023
    • Online


    Contest Description:

    PAPNM Artist, Signature and Master members are invited to participate in the 2023 Winter Wonderland Online Contest with winter-themed paintings painted ONLY during the painting period below. You must log on to submit a painting OR to vote.

    Painting Period: Dec 1, 2022 - Mar 10, 2023.

    Visit Online Contests and Online Contest Prospectus pages for a full description of PAPNM Online Contest Requirements, Benefits and Instructions. 

    Beginning Dec 22, upload your painting to the  album to be constructed.

    Email Reminders will be sent.  Reply to any email with questions.

    Voting Period: Mar 12 - Mar 20.

    Happy Painting,

    PAPNM Contest Chair, 

    If you are not member and would like to participate, select Join Us

Contest Chair

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About Online Contests

Online contests are generally held each season of the year, with season-specific themes. Click on any link to this year's upcoming contests in the Upcoming Contest section for information. Recdent Past contest Albums and Favorites since 2019 may be found here: 

Recent Contest Albums

Recent Contest Awards

PAPNM (artist, signature and master signature) members are invited to participate in any of several Online Contests.  If you wish to enter the contest and are not a member visit: 

Join Us

Out-of-State members are strongly encouraged to submit paintings to the contests.

General Requirements and Upload Instructions Please read the prospectus carefully before submitting.

Note the new requirement to insert own name AFTER voting completed.

Online Contest Prospectus

Summary - General Requirements:

  • painted "en plein air" outside
  • not painted in the studio from a study.
  • painted during the specified contest period - generally the current season and year
  • not under the guidance of an instructor. 

Paint and then Upload the ONE image: select the upcoming contest to the left and you will be directed to the album for uploading (or find the album in the menu below).

Vote: All PAPNM members -including Patrons-  will then vote for their favorite contest painting  The vote button will appear in the album during the voting period if logged on. Votes are tallied by the system. 

Members will receive emails announcing the start and the end of the voting period - as well as start and end of painting periods.


    Your painting will remain part of the contest album until album is archived.

    Award/Prize: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Artists.

    Home Page Awards Slideshow for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place displayed for a year.

    Social Media, Email Blast and Contest Album Announcements: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Runners Up. 

    Contest Albums

    Albums all in one place: Recent Contest Albums

    • 2022: Winter Wonderland, Signs of Spring
    • 2021: Color Passages, Summer Skies, Signs of Spring, Winter Wonderland
    • 2020: Color Passages, Summer Skies, Beat the Heat, Signs of Spring, The Art of the Kitchen, Cure the Quarantine Blues, Winter Wonderland
    • 2019: Color Passages, Cloud Appreciation, Signs of Spring, Winter Wonderland
    • 2018: Color Passages, Summer Skies, Signs of Spring, Winter Wonderland

    • 2017: Cloud Appreciation, Winter Wonderland
    • 2016: Summer Nights, Signs of Spring
    • 2015: Color Passages, Summer Nights,Winter Wonderland
    • 2014: Color Passages, Summer Nights, Winter Wonderland

    Mail information to:
    P. O. Box 20503
    Albuquerque, NM

    Mail Payments to: 
    PAPNM Treasurer
    P.O. Box 20503
    Albuquerque, NM

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