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.


March 30, 2020 to May 2, 2020


Registration for Joy of the Lens 2020 opens February 22, 2020.  Please check back then.  In the meantime, printable guidelines with specifications for hanging and key dates for Joy of the Lens 2019  can be found here: Joy of the Lens 2019-Guidelines-FINAL. The guidelines for Joy of the Lens 2020 will be similar, although frames will not be required as long as the photographs are rigid (printed on metal or on stretched canvas, for instance) and there is hardware to hang them from the picture rail with monofilament line.

The Topsham Public Library’s Gallery Policy and Waiver can be found here: Gallery Policy and Waiver 2015.

The Photographers’ Reception will be held on Saturday, April 4 , 2020 from 1-3 PM, award winners will be announced in three categories: Color, Black & White, and the special theme challenge (coming soon). Come and enjoy refreshments, community, conversation, and, of course, inspiring photography!

The Photographers Talk will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Hear from the award-winning photographers and learn the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Join the Friends and you will automatically be entered in the Friends Photo Lottery (Photograph TBD).

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.