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.

ELEVENTH ANNUAL JOY OF THE LENS – April 3, 2020 to May 31, 2020


As you know, the library is currently closed and all upcoming events have been cancelled. But social distancing, shut downs and stay at home orders do not mean the show cannot go on.

Joy of the Lens 2020 has gone virtual!

This is, without a doubt, the most unique Joy exhibit we have hosted to date. While we much prefer sharing it with you in person, we are thrilled that the show can go on and we can continue our tradition of highlighting the talent of local photographers.

We hope you enjoy “strolling” through this virtual exhibit at your leisure. Please cast your vote for the People’s Choice award (deadline is noon, Friday, May 1st) and feel free to share the exhibit with friends and family.

Click the image below to open the presentation in full screen and follow the directions.

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.