The Tracey Baran Award for an emerging female photographer

The Tracey Baran Award was established to honor the memory and achievement of Tracey Baran, a young photographer who died after a short illness in 2008. This annual award, with a fellowship grant of $5000, will be given to one emerging female photographer who is a citizen of the United States.

The grant recipient will be determined by a review panel based on artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. 

The jury panel for 2011 will consist of Carrie Levy, Photograher; George Perkins, Artist/Photographer; and Leslie Tonkonow, Director, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects.

Application Deadline:  September 30th, 2011

Entry Fee:  None
Eligibility:  The contest is open to all emerging* female photographers who are citizens of the United States. 
* Emerging is defined as not having had a major solo show in a commercial gallery or museum, gallery representation or an advertising campaign.

How to apply:  To apply, go to, where, you will find a link to the School of Visual Arts-Tracey Baran Award application, along with step-by-step instructions on how to register, which is free and user-friendly.  All entries must be submitted online; we will not process any applications we receive by e-mail or standard mail.
A completed application consists of the following:

*PORTFOLIO:  A portfolio of twenty image files showing representative, recent work, with text descriptions for each: artist's name, title, year, medium, and dimensions.
All images must be saved at 1920 x 1920 pixels and as standard JPEG's.  All images must be under 1.8MB and use RGB color space, preferably sRGB.
Because all images must be saved at 1920X1920 pixels, you may use a black mask if the image does not fit to these dimensions. 
Please refer to for further information
*ARTIST STATEMENT: The purpose of the statement is to give the review panel a better understanding of your work, while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the portfolio you submit.


Special thanks goes to all of the artists who donated to the Tracey Baran Memorial Auction, the Tracey Baran Estate, Alexander Lockwood, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects, and the School of Visual Arts.

Past Recipients:

2010, Allison Sexton,; Jurors: Jen Davis, photographer; Christine Osinski, photographer; and Leslie Tonkonow, Director, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects