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.


More information coming this fall for the registration for the 2025 Joy of the Lens. 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‚Äôs Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. Check back for more information.


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 2024 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

People’s Choice: Sleeping Beauty by Victorien Rami

Color: Lilac Breasted Roller Takeoff by Linda Cullivan

Black & White: Whilamut Passage: Transmission and Transportation by Patrick Dowd

Rob’s Challenge – Abstract Reality: Urban Mirage by Marie Stuckey

Honorable Mentions

Color: Frost by Thomas Burrage
Black & White: The Washer Woman by Dick Tarr
Rob’s Challenge – Abstract Reality: Hellnar Morn by Bill Peabody
The 2024 color catalog is now available. Click here for more details. All proceeds go directly to the Friends who pay for programming at the library, including the JOY competitions. 
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