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.

12th Annual JOY OF THE LENS

The 2021 Joy of the Lens registration opens Saturday, February 20th at 9am and closes Saturday, March 27th at 4pm. The registration and exhibit are online only this year.

Please thoroughly read the RULES OF ENTRY & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES before completing the online registration.

A note from the Gallery Coordinator:

You will notice that you are asked to include dimensions in the title of your image file. While it is true that dimensions are not a must for viewing digital images and you have the ability to print your images in various sizes for potential buyers, there are other considerations. Curating exhibits in the virtual gallery is very similar to curating exhibits in the library’s physical gallery. There are space limitations to consider as well as matters of scale. This is our first photography exhibit in our new platform and it is proving to be a “learn as you go” experience. I appreciate your cooperation and support and always welcome your feedback. I have no doubt that this will be another fabulous show and I am so happy to have you be a part of it!

Fondly, Monique


If you have any questions, please contact Monique Barker, Gallery Coordinator, at


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.