The annual Joy of the Lens exhibit, inaugurated in 2009, features original photographs by current year-round 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.


At the Photographers’ Reception on Saturday, April 6, 2019, award winners were announced in three categories: Color, Black & White, and “Leading Lines,” the theme challenge selected by Mike Cullivan, winner of the 2018 People’s Choice Award.  We enjoyed refreshments, community, conversation, and, of course, inspiring photography!

Please join us for these upcoming special events:

Photographers Talk on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM when you will hear from each of the winning photographers and learn the winner of the People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorite photograph for the People’s Choice Award until noon on Wednesday, May 1st.

Friends Photo Lottery: Become a member of the Friends by Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Photographers Talk and you will be entered into our lottery to win a one of two special photographs donated by Linda and Mike Cullivan:  Linda’s “Gannet Eyes”  and Mike’s “Cormorant Eye,” both on display at the Library’s circulation desk.  Already a member?  Then you are automatically entered into the drawing.  You do not need to be present to win.

The work of Joy of the Lens 2019 award-winners, along with the work of Joy of Art 2019 award-winners, will be included in an exhibit from August 21 to September 19, 2019 at the Topsham Public Library.

Congratulations to the 2019 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

  • PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD:  to be announced at the Photographer’s Talk on Saturday, May 4, at 11:00 AM.
  • 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.

For photographers: Printable guidelines with specifications for framing and hanging and key dates for Joy of the Lens 2019 can be found here: Joy of the Lens 2019-Guidelines-FINAL