Joy of the Lens

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.

Live in the Crooker Gallery, March 25 to April 22, 2023

2022 Joy of the Lens is now complete. Registration for 2023 Joy of Art begins January 30th. Please check back at that time for details.

If you have any questions, please email Monique Marchilli-Barker at or call the library at 725-1727.

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Please note that if you have previously “unsubscribed” from the gallery or Friends emails, you must re-subscribe if you wish to receive any JOY updates via email.

Congratulations to the 2022 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Happy Moose by Victorien Rami
  • COLOR: The Weight of Sorrow Cannot Be Measured by Norma Warden
  • BLACK & WHITE: Moxie Falls by Dick Tarr
  • PETER’S CHALLENGE – CONTRASTS: Stranded by Karen Kurkjian

Honorable Mentions

  • COLOR: The Kiss by Linda Cullivan
  • BLACK & WHITE: Solitude by Jack Sharkey
  • PETER’S CHALLENGE – CONTRASTS: Infinite Conflict by Rob Smith

New this year is a color catalog of the exhibit. All proceeds go directly to the Friends who pay for programming at the library, including the JOY competitions. You may purchase a copy here.

Joy of the Lens 2022 catalog

Joy of the Len…

by Friends of TPL

Photo book

Book Preview

2022 Friends Photo Lottery

Scott Anderson has graciously donated his photograph, “2020”, for the Friends Photo Lottery. All members of the Friends of TPL are automatically entered. If you aren’t a member and would like a chance to win, join the Friends at or stop by the library.