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.

April 1 – April 26, 2024

Registration for the 2024 Joy of the Lens opens January 27, 2024. Please visit The Crooker Gallery page of the library’s website for details and to access the online form.

The 2024 Joy of the Lens exhibit will be hosted in-person in Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 1pm and is open to the public. We’d love to have you join us! There will be no photographers’ talk this year.


Friends Photo Lottery

Swift River Color Flow has been graciously donated by photographer, Rob Smith, for the Friends Photo Lottery. All current members of the Friends will automatically be entered into the drawing to be held at the end of the Joy of the Lens show. Thank you, Rob! Drawing to be held at the close of the show on April 26th.


If you have any questions, please email Monique Marchilli-Barker at or call the library at 725-1727.


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Congratulations to the 2023 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

People’s Choice: Roskva the Troll by Douglas Kanes

Color: Goin’ Clammin’  by Bill Peabody

Black & White:  Katahdin in Winter  by  Jack Sharkey

Karen’s Challenge: Transitions: Swift River by Rob Smith

Honorable Mentions

Color: Quizzical by Dick Tarr
Black & White: Family Ties by Norma Warden
Karen’s Challenge – Transitions: Build a Better Bridge by Craig Snapp
The 2023 color catalog of the exhibit is coming soon. All proceeds go directly to the Friends who pay for programming at the library, including the JOY competitions. 
Joy of the Len…
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