Trees exhibit postponed

The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. With venues closed and in-person gatherings cancelled, our meetings have gone virtual. “Normal” activities have not been happening this year.

Sadly, the club has received news of another schedule change. The Trees exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, to feature photography by club members, has been pushed back to 2021.

Many people have already submitted beautiful photos for the Trees exhibit. Thanks to those who sent in submissions. After the pandemic fades, people will need this type of calming, natural imagery.

Here’s a benefit of this exhibit schedule change: Now you have the opportunity to take photos of trees ALL YEAR, through every season. So get outdoors, take a walk with your camera, and take great pictures!!!

April 20, 2020 — Virtual meeting notes

The second-ever Dubuque Camera Club virtual meeting on April 20, 2020, was attended via Zoom by 19 people. Several people shared images or photography-related news. If you missed this virtual meeting, a recording will be available to watch in the club’s private Facebook group for a limited time.

The club’s TREES submissions are looking great! Club members who wish to participate in this exhibit can send up to 5 images to Ron or Ken. You can also simply “reply” to any club email with your images attached. Include your member number in the filename. Prints will probably be 12×18-inch (either portrait or landscape is fine). 

The TREES exhibit is scheduled to be on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art beginning September 26, 2020. As spring hits and you get outside, be aware of this theme and take more TREE PHOTOS!

Jennifer is awesome!!!

Congratulations to Dubuque Camera Club member Jennifer Tigges!!! She was unanimously elected to a new position on the N4C board of directors. She will begin her new position as Director #3 during the 2020 N4C convention in Sioux City, Iowa. Yay!!!

Club winners

Congratulations to the following Dubuque Camera Club photographers for earning recognition in the April 2020 N4C competition:

  • Robert Felderman, honorable mention, Digital Black and White, “Fireworks Bouquet over the Mississippi River”
  • Ron Tigges, honorable mention, Digital Nature, “Columbine in Bloom”
  • Ron Tigges, honorable mention, Digital Journalism, “Good Night”
  • Stephonie Schmitz, honorable mention, Digital Journalism, “The Masai Edler and Warrior Africa”
  • Stephonie Schmitz, honorable mention, Digital Travel, “Monument Valley, Arizona, USA”
  • Stephonie Schmitz, First place, Digital Altered Reality, “Journey Into the Lens”

Other N4C stuff

Club communications contest. The N4C has invited our club to enter the N4C website/bulletin/newsletter contests. (Those categories all blend together for me because I am a digital girl.) Unhappily, the last time this N4C competition was updated, woolly mammoths walked the earth. (Jennifer is going to have a lot of work to do!)

Last year, when I asked for the rules, I got the noise of a closed library during a pandemic. This year, when I asked for the rules, I received last year’s rules. Yes, you read that right. For that reason, I assume that last year’s judging was based on gut instinct; this year, it will be based on last year’s rules. Here they are. Read them and find out the secrets to the N4C’s magical ability to stay fashionably ahead of digital trends.

Next meeting

The next virtual Dubuque Camera Club meeting will be held on Monday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. Specific details will be sent out by email before the meeting. Read your club emails for the link!

Club members: N4C competition submissions are due before the meeting. No Digital Travel submissions, because we will do virtual judging of that category at the following meeting. For more information, see the Competition page.


First virtual meeting — Monday, April 6, 2020

Dubuque Camera Club members:

We will hold a Virtual Club Meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held online, using Zoom (video chat).

To fully participate, you will need a webcam with a microphone. The exact link will be sent to club members by email before the meeting starts.

Note that the April 6 meeting is only a TEST. We want to see if this format works for the club. Here are the goals of this initial meeting:

  • To make sure that club members can connect using Zoom.
  • To try screen sharing, with an eye toward virtual judging in the future.
  • To share club news,
    and most importantly,
  • To enjoy a virtual gathering with like-minded individuals during this time of stress and worry.

March/April news & updates

Sorry to say, below is the upcoming Dubuque Camera Club meeting calendar. Along with the rest of the world, we are trying to keep our family and loved ones safe and healthy. In-person meetings are suspended (for now).

  • April 6, 2020 — Club meeting. CANCELLED. Submissions are still due.
  • April 20 — Club meeting. CANCELLED.
  • May 4 — Club meeting CANCELLED. Submissions are still due. No Digital Travel entries.
  • May 18 — Club meeting? VIRTUAL judging of Digital Travel.
  • June 1 at 6:00 p.m. — Potluck Picnic (We hope!).

Virtual judging is coming up!

If you’ve been reading the N4C posts and emails (or the N4C Bulletin), you’ll already know they have decided to (1) cancel the spring mini-convention, but (2) go head and hold the April and May contests.

What does it mean for club members? You can submit your photos to N4C competition, just like always! If you have questions, be sure to check the Competition page . As always, images may be up to 1920px on the longest side, file size no more than 750KB. Send in your April submissions by Monday, April 6th.

Because of the pandemic crisis, our club may need to come up with a process for online judging. Our club will probably need to judge DT virtually on May 18, 2020. (Details about virtual judging will be sent to club members by email).

March returns

Our club has received Digital Nature (DN) returns for March 2020 N4C competition submissions. Congratulations to these photographers:

Get ready for club exhibits

One of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership is being able to participate in club exhibits. We are preparing for a 2020 exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

TREES at DuMA. This year’s Dubuque Camera Club exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art will have a TREE theme. Be thinking about trees as you’re out and about this spring. Our club photographers have already submitted some beautiful preliminary images. Take a look at the club’s pre-Tree gallery!!!

Club members: If you would like to participate in this year’s DuMA exhibit, send up to 5 preliminary images to Ron or Ken. Make sure that your member number is in the filename.

Smokestack exhibit. Sadly, the Smokestack is one of the many businesses that closed when the Iowa governor declared a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. The club’s exhibit there is postponed indefinitely. We hope to reschedule when the world returns.

Other N4C news: The N4C has had some openings on their board of directors. Our own Jennifer Tigges is running for a new position. Yay!!!

Jennifer Tigges, Dubuque Camera Club, nominated for Director 3.
Owner, operator of Digital Dubuque LLC. Videographer, photographer, web designer and project manager since 1989. Community advocate serving on the City of Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission, City of Dubuque Cable TV commission, Director, Friends of the Mines of Spain Board, and Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America. Assisted in fundraising, policy making and special event coordination in several nonprofits in Dubuque, Iowa. Recently became a Star Legacy photography volunteer. Member of the N4C Dubuque Camera Club since 2007. N4C 2018 Convention Co-Chair, planning committee, and public relations.
“I hope to bring more opportunities to younger members in the N4C and give a digitally focused prospective to promote growth and continuation of the N4C.”

Other news…

General Bob has had success with his photo of “Three Sisters,” a mountain in Canada. You may remember this image, because a version of this beautiful image was in the club’s 2019 Reflections show at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Congratulations to General Bob for the publication of “Three Sisters” in Landscape Photography Magazine.

Here’s an event that may interest all photography enthusiasts: Out of Chicago has switched from an in-person conference to An Online Global Photography Conference. It will be held April 24-26, 2020. They are offering an impressive range of online sessions and tutorials. Cost: $300. Click here to learn more.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is seeking submissions for their 2020 calendar. Deadline is July 1, 2020. Find complete information here.