The annual Joy of the Lens exhibit, inaugurated in 2009, features original photographs by current Maine residents, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. The three entry categories are: Color, Black & White, and a special “Challenge” posed by the previous year’s winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award. Awards are made in all three categories with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. This signature event is co-sponsored by the Trustees and the Friends of the Topsham Public Library.


Registration is now open for Joy of the Lens 2020!

Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM.  You may enter up to two pieces.  No more than 70 works will be accepted for the exhibit.  If over-subscribed, early registrants will receive preference.

Printable guidelines with rules of entry, including framing requirements, and key dates for Joy of the Lens 2020 can be found here: Joy of the Lens 2020-Guidelines-Final.

You can register online: Joy of Lens 2020-Online Registration

You can print out a registration form and return the completed form to the library: Joy of the Lens 2020-Registration-Final.

When work is dropped off on Thursday, March 26  (5:30-7:30 PM) or Friday, March 26 (12:00-3:00 PM), exhibitors must submit a signed Gallery Policy & Waiver with their entry fees of $15 per work. A copy of the Gallery Policy and Waiver can be found here: Gallery Policy and Waiver 2015

Important change for 2020: Judging will be blind; photographers’ names will be hidden from the judges.

The public is welcome at the Photographers’ Reception on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1-3 PM where award winners will be announced.  2020 awards categories are Color, Black & White, and “Impressionist Photography” the theme challenge selected by Scott Anderson, winner of the 2019 People’s Choice Award.  Join us for refreshments, community, conversation, and, of course, inspiring photography! You can cast your ballot then for the 2020 People’s Choice Award or on another visit to the exhibit.

Don’t miss the Photographer Talk on Saturday, May 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM when you will hear from each of the award-winning photographers and learn the winner of the People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorite photograph for the People’s Choice Award until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 29th.

Friends Photo Lottery: Become a member of the Friends by Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Photographers Talk and you will be entered into our lottery to a special photograph donated by a former Joy of Art award winner. Already a member?  Then you are automatically entered into the drawing.  You do not need to be present to win.

Congratulations to the 2019 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

  • PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD:  Scott Anderson for “Salt Fog, Bailey Island” (Black & White)
  • COLOR:  Jack Sharkey for “Katahdin Stream Falls”
  • BLACK & WHITE:  Wayne Fournier for “The Last One”
  • MIKE’S CHALLENGE – “LEADING LINES” :  Linda Cullivan for “Spiral”

Honorable  Mentions:

  • COLOR: Linda Cullivan for “Frozen”
  • BLACK & WHITE:  Jack Sharkey for “DDG-116”
  • MIKE’S CHALLENGE – “LEADING LINES” : Craig Snapp for “Ice Bridge to Spruce Island”

The theme of “LEADING LINES” was selected by the 2018 Peoples’ Choice Award winner,  Mike Cullivan.

2020 Joy of the Lens award winners will be announced at the Photographers’ Reception on April 4, 2020.