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.

March 25 to April 22, 2023

Registration is now open for the 2023 Joy of the Lens. Please visit The Crooker Gallery page of the library’s website for details and to access the online form.

The 2023 Joy of the Lens exhibit will be hosted in-person in Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. 

Reception, Saturday, April 1, 2023

from 1:00-2:30PM


Friends Photo Lottery

The Weight of Sorrow by Norma Warden has been graciously donated  by Norma 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, Norma!


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


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Please note that if you have previously “unsubscribed” from the gallery or Friends emails, you must re-subscribe if you wish to receive any JOY updates via email.


Congratulations to the 2022 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Happy Moose by Victorien Rami
COLOR: The Weight of Sorrow Cannot Be Measured by Norma Warden
BLACK & WHITE: Moxie Falls by Dick Tarr
PETER’S CHALLENGE – CONTRASTS: Stranded by Karen Kurkjian

Honorable Mentions

COLOR: The Kiss by Linda Cullivan
BLACK & WHITE: Solitude by Jack Sharkey
PETER’S CHALLENGE – CONTRASTS: Infinite Conflict by Rob Smith
New this year is a color catalog of the exhibit. All proceeds go directly to the Friends who pay for programming at the library, including the JOY competitions. You may purchase a copy here.
Joy of the Lens 2022 catalog
Joy of the Len…
by Friends of TPL
By Friends of TPL
Photo book

2022 Friends Photo Lottery

Scott Anderson has graciously donated his photograph, “2020”, for the Friends Photo Lottery. If you aren’t a member and would like a chance to win this beautiful photograph, join the Friends before April 30th at or stop by the library. The drawing will be held on April 30, 2022. All current members of the Friends of TPL are automatically entered into the drawing.