Sex Toy Sightings Contest: Prizes, Hilarity!

Photograph a favorite sex toy in a public place where you have no expectation of privacy — and win a prize!


Fun Factory Manta among the flowers at Trader Joe’s

12/29/19 update: I know I said “Winners announced by December 27,” but I need another few days to match winners with prizes and compile the best stories. Stay tuned!

Photograph your vibrator in a public place where sex toys ordinarily do not belong — e.g. grocery store, coffee shop, park, public building, on a public street, at a public event – the possibilities are endless.  Bonus points for library, museum, or police station!

The best, strangest, and funniest photos in several categories will win prizes, which include sex toys, lubricant, condoms, Joan’s books and webinars.

Just do what you do anyway: take photos with your phone. But this time, carry a favorite sex toy and pose it in surprising surroundings.


Rules, yes, we have rules:

Atom Plus from Hot Octopuss does its banking

  • The location must be public with no expectation of privacy.
  • No human faces visible. (Animal faces and art renditions of faces are OK.)
  • Submit your photo(s) by December 21, 2019
  • Follow all instructions under “How to submit: follow ALL instructions” below.


Prizes! We’ll award prizes in several different categories, such as:

  • Riskiest photo
  • Strangest place to see a sex toy
  • Most unusual positioning of sex toy in its surroundings
  • Biggest sex toy photographed (Sybian, anyone?)
  • Best sex toy costume
  • Best story of what happened when the photo was taken
  • Photo that made the judges laugh the hardest

More categories may be added after we see what you submit. Your photo might be so unusual that we make up a new category so that you win.


No fires, dogs, fishing, but Fun Factory’s Cobra Libre permitted

Most important:

Be original, take risks, and make it clear that a sex toy is being photographed where it doesn’t belong.

The prizes will be donated by some of our favorite sex toy companies and retailers. Winners will receive prizes donated by sex-positive companies, such as sex toys from Hot Octopuss, We-Vibe, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, and Fun Factory; luxury lubricants from Wicked Sensual; sex-themed gifts from Lucky Bloke; and my own books and webinars.


How to submit: follow ALL instructions:

You may enter as many times as you wish. For each submission, email this info:

  • Title the photo with the sex toy name, place, and your name, e.g. “Atom Plus at Exchange Bank_Shamus MacDuff.”
  • Email the photo as a .jpg attachment to Joan with the subject header, “Sex Toy Sightings.”
  • Describe in your email what happened when you took this photo, including any conversation with a stranger.
  • Include your name, email, mailing address, and phone number, so that we can contact you if you win. Include your age (you don’t have to be a senior).
  • Specify if we may publish your full name with your photo, or first name only, or give yourself a code name.
  • Include this statement: “I give Joan Price permission to publish my Sex Toy Sightings photo on her blog,, and on other social media.”
  • Optional: is there a sex toy on your wish list that you hope you’ll win?

Take a risk! That’s the fun part.

What’s the worst that can happen? You might be asked one of these questions?

  • “What are you doing?” (Answer: “Photo shoot.”)
  • “What’s that thing?” (Answer: name and describe the sex toy.)

Deadline: December 21, 2019. Winners announced by December 27, 2019.

Note: Photos may be published on social media ahead of deadline to motivate others to participate.


Tryst from Good Vibrations startles a fisherman at a Bodega Bay restaurant

Thank you, Shamus MacDuff, for your sample photos. I hope you and your sex toys had a great time!

12/16/19 update: See some of the entries so far here — are you inspired to enter?

12/19/19: I’m getting so many entries today (the deadline I originally announced) that I’m extending the deadline until 12/21! Keep ’em coming!


  1. Jane Coombs on December 29, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    A couple of months ago I asked you about the protocol of showing sex toys in public places. Just wondering if I was part of the inspiration for this contest…
    My inquiry was related to Intensity by InControl which automates kegels,

    • Joan Price on December 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Actually, this contest was a twinkle in my eye for about a year before I catapulted it into action. But I’m sure your question helped advance the contest into reality!

  2. Trix on December 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    If I prefer a code name, is it okay to substitute it for my full name in the caption?

    • Joan Price on December 14, 2019 at 12:58 am

      In the caption, yes, you can use your code name, but please give me your real name in your email. I look forward to seeing your photos!

  3. David G Edward on December 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    What e-mail address should we use to submit a pic ?
    Dave E

    • Joan Price on December 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      In the blog post above, under “how to submit,” there are links that create an email to me:
      * “For each submission, email this info”
      * “Email the photo to Joan
      Just click on those links.

  4. Louise johnston on December 5, 2019 at 6:35 am

    That’s the idea..let your inner child surface….

  5. Tawny on December 4, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    There is a time and place for everything. Sorry, I don’t want to see a sex toy next to the tomatoes. This is immature kid stuff.

    • Dave E on December 13, 2019 at 1:39 am

      Hi Tawny…..sorry to see that you feel that way but understand. Don’t know if I would like to find one of the new dildos tucked away in with the carrots or cucs when shopping. Just wondering…..if you did have a sex toy and wanted to do a promo….or just show it, where would you place it ? Or, are you suggesting that we shouldn’t show , or talk about,sex toys?

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