The annual Joy of the Lens exhibit, inaugurated in 2009, features original photographs by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional.  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.

Joy of the Lens 2019:  April 2 to May 4

Guidelines and registration forms for Joy of the Lens 2019 will be available online and at the library at the close of Joy of Art 2019 on February 23, 2019.

 In the meantime, here are the guidelines for the 2018 exhibit: Joy of the Lens 2018-Guidelines-FINAL (Rev #1).


Award winners in three categories were announced at the Photographers’ Reception on April 7, 2018.  Guests enjoyed refreshments, community, conversation, and of course, inspiring photographs!

At the Photographers Talk on May 5, 2018, we heard from the award-winning photographers, including the winner of the People’s Choice Award. We also drew the name of the lucky member of the Friends who won Peter A. McCarthy’s photograph, “Rivers Meet,”  the Friends Photo Lottery prize.

The work of Joy of the Lens 2018  award-winners was included in a late-summer exhibit at the Topsham Public Library, along with the work of Joy of Art 2018 award-winners.

Congratulations to the 2018 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

  • PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD: Mike Cullivan for “Winter Fox” (COLOR)
  • COLOR:  Linda Cullivan for “Unheard Melody”
  • BLACK & WHITE: Richard Tarr for “The Watchman”
  • LINDA’S CHALLENGE – “SHADOWS” : Nancy Greindl for “Daydreamer”

Honorable  Mentions:

  • COLOR: Bill Boyd for “Saltwater Farm”
  • COLOR: Mike Cullivan for “Winter Fox”
  • BLACK & WHITE: Tim Loose for “The Grotto, Roaring Fork River, Colorado”
  • BLACK & WHITE: Tim Loose for “Oak and Redwoods, Big Sur, Califoria”
  • LINDA’S CHALLENGE – “SHADOWS” : Linda Cullivan for “Pier Shadows”
  • LINDA’S CHALLENGE – “SHADOWS” : Peter A. McCarthy for “The Meeting House”

The theme of “SHADOWS” was selected by the 2017 Peoples’ Choice Award winner, Linda Cullivan.