The prize pot for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition for young, emerging artists has been increased this year, with all 15 finalists named on Monday to receive a cash award.

The winning artist takes home $25,000, while the two who receive honorable mentions receive $15,000 each. All three will see their work become part of the Royal Bank’s corporate art collection.

The 12 remaining finalists receive $5,000 each, new cash that boosts the total pot to $115,000.

Now in its 15th year, the art prize celebrates emerging Canadian visual artists, who must each submit one painting for the competition. A jury of art experts selects 15 finalists: five from each region of the country.

 The 2013 finalists from Western Canada are:

  • Jessica Bell, Vancouver.
  • Colleen Heslin, Vancouver.
  • Brian Kokoska, Vancouver.
  • Rachelle Sawatsky, Delta, B.C.
  • Sean Weisgerber, Saskatoon.

The finalists from Central Canada are:

  • Jennifer Carvalho, Guelph, Ont.
  • Colin Muir Dorward, Ottawa.
  • Scott Everingham, Toronto.
  • Laura Findlay, Guelph, Ont.
  • Neil Harrison, Toronto.

The finalists from Eastern Canada are:

  • Brendan Flanagan, Montreal.
  • Adam Gunn, Halifax.
  • Nathaniel Hurtubise, Montreal.
  • Jessica Mensch, Brooklyn, N.Y. (formerly of Montreal).
  • Aaron Weldon, Halifax.

The winner and two honourable mentions will be announced at a gala in Ottawa on Oct. 2. Paintings by all the finalists will be displayed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from Oct. 1-13 and at Art Toronto from Oct. 24-28.