When I announced my Sex Toy Sightings contest, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it would  be funny and surprising, and I was right about that.

This project has been a delight, thanks to all the contestants and their creative photographs. Sex toys were spotted in workout rooms and yoga classes, on library shelves, at a cemetery, and in stores of all types. There were plenty of outdoor scenes, including Rockefeller Center in New York City at Christmas. Many people noted that although their toys were public and very visible, passers-by generally ignored them.

Here are our winners

Most Prolific Sex Toy Photographer, first place: Louise, age 69, submitted 27 photos. She took her glass dildo to the ocean, her flogger to the library, her strap-on dildo to the pool, her handcuffs to the gym, and various sex toys to stores selling food, clothing, even children’s toys. It is my honor to pronounce her the winner in three categories (see below) as well as Most Prolific. Her prizes: We Vibe Melt and Fun Factory Stronic Drei.

 

Most Prolific Sex Toy Photographer, second place: Dave, age 81, submitted 12 photos, including three category winners (see below).  His prizes: We Vibe Melt and Hot Octopuss Pulse Duo.

 

Photo Taken While Surrounded by the Most People: Adult film star and sex educator jessica drake took her LeWand Chrome Grand Bullet to New York City for Christmas. She wrote me, “At Rockefeller Center I used it to put the star atop the iconic tree with tens of thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder all around me. Some of the comments were, ‘You GO, girl,’ ‘Is THAT…?” and “That’s amazing, what’s it called?” Although jessica told me she had all the sex toys she needed, she was happy to receive copies of my Ultimate Guide to Sex after 50 and Ageless Erotica as her prizes.

 

Most Beautiful Photo(s): Louise captured the prize with these two lovely shots of her glass dildo at the ocean.

 

Best Story of What Happened When the Photo Was Taken: Dave posed his We-Vibe Unite  and his We-Vibe Wish cuddled together atop a police car at the police station. As Dave tells it, “Got some strange looks and comments from one officer who came out in the rain to ask why I was putting a ‘bug’ on one of their vehicles. I had forgotten about the security cameras in the parking lot. I guess being 81 years old helped get me out of that one. Are the police ever young!”

 

 

Best Conversation with a Stranger When the Photo was Taken: Sharon, 60, took her Magic Wand on a 4 a.m. romp in her workout center, submitting 9 photos. While she was taking this one of her Magic Wand climbing the climbing wall, “Four beautiful young men were working out.” One of these men told her, as she clicked the photo, “Excuse me, you’re standing on my mat!” Her prize: We-Vibe Touch from The Smitten Kitten.

 

Best Story About No One Noticing the Sex Toy: Raven, 64, took her Fun Factory Volta to the yoga studio. She posed it on the altar, among the carrots at lunch, and on her mat in a variety of yoga poses. “No one even asked me what I was doing, although I took my time placing the toy in several fun poses and then casually putting it away in my yoga bag,” she says. “I was surprised and amused that not one person made a comment to me, although many were around. I have trouble believing no one noticed. In the yoga studio maybe they are all just too deep in meditation.” Her prize (by her request): a new Fun Factory Volta.

 

 

Riskiest Photo: Ness created her “Tadpoles” photos with her collection of Tracey Cox Supersex Kegel Balls by climbing over rocks and hanging onto a tree branch to get the “tadpoles” positioned right and position herself for the best angle to take the photo. Glad you survived it, Ness! Her prize: Three of my webinars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Footprint in the Sand: I invented this category when I saw Jeanne’s lovely photo of her Tenga Iroha Yuki at Mission Beach, San Diego. Her prize: $100 gift certificate from Good Vibrations.

 

 

Best Statue Carrying Sex Toys: I invented this category, too, because Dave’s photo of The Lovers, each carrying a We-Vibe sex toy, needed an award.

 

 

Most Fitting Juxtaposition of Sex Toy and Surroundings: We have three winners here:

Dave’s half-century-old sex toys were just right under the sign, “Dead People’s Stuff: Antiques.” Dave tells me, “Both these toys are over 50 years old and still fun and pleasurable. Advertised as a ‘personal massager’ back in the ’60s, the Prelude was way ahead of anything else on the market and still gets plenty of fun time use. I have rewired it a number of times.” (Hey, Dave, I used to have a Prelude, too!)

 

Linda’s Kegel balls look like a miniature version of the dumbbells in the gym at the Hilton Garden in Phoenix. “There was a gentleman running on the treadmill behind me,” she says. “He was either too engrossed in TV to notice, or maybe did not realize what I was taking a picture of.” Her prize: $100 gift certificate from Good Vibrations.

 

Louise’s flogger-wearing dildo knew its place at her public library: in the crime fiction section, in this photo titled “Crime and Punishment.”

 

Photo That Made the Judges Laugh the Hardest: Louise’s Sunbathing Strapless Strap-On Dildo was the funniest photo submitted. If we had a category for Best Sex Toy That Looks Like Something Else, she’d win that, too!

 

 

We also had several runners up who won’t go empty-handed: They’ll get $25 gift certificates from Lucky Bloke. And our friends at Wicked Sensual are sending all the winners and runners up a bottle of Toy Love lubricating gel, plus a variety of water-based lube samples to keep their sex toys well lubricated for pleasure.

 

Shamus MacDuff wasn’t eligible for a prize because he helped me set up and judge the contest, and he took preliminary photos to show what we were looking for. But he kept on taking photos — 43 total! —  including this one of the Womanizer 2Go and the Hot Octopuss Pulse at a rural cemetery with a fitting message.

 

 

 

Congratulations to all our winners and runners-up, and many thanks to the wonderful companies that donated prizes! Please click on their links and purchase from the stores that support senior sex health and pleasure.

 

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!

12/19/19 update: I’m getting so many entries today – the original deadline – that I’m extending the deadline until 12/21! Keep ’em coming!

The entries are rolling in for my #SexToySightings contest, and I can’t resist sharing a few of the photos before the contest closes so that you feel inspired to send in yours! Sex toys have been visited beaches, police stations, libraries, antique stores, gyms, cemeteries, grocery stores, downtowns, even Rockefeller Center. People have submitted from one to a dozen photos each — no limit to how many you can enter.

 

 

Even jessica drake got into the #SexToySightings action during her trip to New York City:

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the photographers had great stories — we give prizes for great stories, too! — but I’ll save those until we announce the winners.

I hope you feel inspired to take your own sex toy out in public for a photo session. Contest rules and submission procedure here — please follow these exactly.

We have lots of great prizes donated by Hot Octopuss, We-Vibe, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, Fun Factory, Wicked Sensual, Lucky Bloke, and me. I look forward to hearing from you by 12/21/19!

We-Vibe MeltOh, oh, oh, the We-Vibe Melt! This “Pleasure Air stimulator” surrounds the clitoris with vibrating pulses of air that feel to me like gentle, rhythmic sucking — the best kind of gentle, rhythmic sucking: the fast-to-orgasm kind of gentle, rhythmic sucking.

But when I say “gentle,” I don’t mean mild or wimpy. The 12 — count ’em, 12! — intensity levels are powerful enough for those of us with aging bodies that require extra sensation.

I’ve enjoyed other Womanizer “air pulse” vibrators immensely (read my reviews here), and those came with two removable heads for optimal fit and easy cleaning. The We-Vibe Melt is all one piece. Can one size fit all?

I don’t know the answer to that — but yes, it worked for me, and I’ve read only positive reviews from others. Positioning it took a bit of effort the first time, and when it slid off-course, the vibrating lube noise made me laugh. Once I got it situated correctly and knew how much pressure to apply to keep it from sliding, it was pure pleasure.

The Melt’s shape is ergonomic. It’s smooth and easy to hold without crooking an arthritic wrist. It’s slim enough to use between two bodies during partnered sex, and delightful to use solo.

The controls are clear and easy to feel and see without any need for reading glasses. Turn it on and increase intensity with the “+” button; turn it down and off with the “-” button. Charge it easily via a magnetized USB connector.

Although I didn’t test this, preferring to control my own vibrator, the Melt also has the “We-Connect” app that lets a partner control the intensity and patterns from a Bluetooth-paired smart phone.

At age 76 now, I’ve been around the block. This pleasure tool takes me around the world. How lucky that we’re getting old during a time of high-tech vibrators like the We-Vibe Melt!

 

 

Thank you, We-Vibe, for sending me the Melt in return for an honest review.

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, such as

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, https://joanprice.com/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!