July 25, 2018 News Release

July 25, 2018


Visit Dubuque this fall for the
Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention!

DUBUQUE — Are you a skilled photographer? Would you enjoy meeting other photographers, attending photography presentations and seminars, or participating in creative photo shoots?

This fall, the Dubuque Camera Club will host the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018. 

Dubuque, the oldest city in Iowa, is located on the Mississippi River. Many photo opportunities are located in downtown Dubuque, within walking distance of convention headquarters at the Holiday Inn of Dubuque/Galena, 450 Main Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Blufftops & Visions will kick off Thursday, September 13 on the Mississippi River Walk with a special evening photo shoot at the Historic Shot TowerOn Friday and Saturday, delicious banquets will end full days of workshops, presentations, and photo shoots.

Brandon Erdman, a talented landscape photographer and National Geographic award winner, will be guest speaker at the banquet on Friday.  Saturday’s keynote presentation will be given by Iván Ferrero, a cityscape and landscape photographer from Madrid, Spain.

Bring your camera along when you attend Blufftops & Visions, because Dubuque offers plenty of possibilities for photographers. The brick and limestone within the Historic Millwork District is great for portrait backdrops. The view from Eagle Point Park is panoramic. Landscape and nature photographers will find subjects. See barges and riverboats, as well as pelicans and eagles.

The Dubuque Camera Club, a volunteer group, has been around since 1899. The N4C is a non-profit organization that is made up of 40 regional camera clubs. Both N4C members and photography enthusiasts from the general public are invited to attend this weekend convention. Advance registration is required. Early bird deadline is August 10, 2018.

For more information about the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention, visit the Dubuque Camera Club website. You can also follow Blufftops & Visions on Facebook.


If you have questions or need more information, contact us.

June 4, 2018 Meeting Notes


Here are the club members who have graciously volunteered their time thus far:

  • Leo Heim has been appointed official documentary photographer for Blufftops & Visions. He will also assist with setup and teardown in the N4C print room.
  • Jose Garcia is serving as our speakers’ coordinator.  He will also lead a post-processing workshop and provide lodging for one speaker.
  • Lois Pancratz is processing convention registrations and doing the record-keeping. She is also facilitating the river cruise and (possibly?) the t-shirt orders.  At the convention, she will staff the check-in table.
  • Eleanor Schueller is printing nametags for attendees. She will help to staff the check-in table.
  • Cara Pusateri will also assist at the convention check-in table, and as needed during the weekend.
  • Jennifer Tigges is the chief organizer of the entire event, including technical details and financial budgeting. She is also handling digital communication and social media, as well as face-to-face planning and promotion.
  • Pamela Brandt has been handling digital communication, website updates, and social media.
  • Ron Tigges is facilitating the Shot Tower photoshoot and the Millwork & Models shoot. He will also lead the bird photography panel presentation and the refractography seminar.
  • Kevin McTague and Ken Kiss will be presenters in the bird photography panel presentation.
  • John Leicht will introduce keynote speakers at banquets and be the voice of the N4C awards presentations.
  • Greg Nauman is a co-organizer of the Millwork & Models shootout and will assist with visitor hospitality as needed.
  • Lori Burrows will assist with Millwork & Models.
  • Laura Schuster is in charge of banquet planning, including the Edward Curtis Lunch & Learn. She will be assisted by Cindi Simon.
  • Chris Ross will provide vocal music and guitar on Friday before the banquet.
  • Rick Noel will assist as needed.
  • Jesse Green will assist as needed (available in the evenings only).
  • Robert Felderman will assist as needed (not available Saturday evening).
  • Jaime Gordo Perez and Erin Diekman will be greeters at the American Lady cruise.

NOTE: If your name is not on this list and you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer or Pamela.

All volunteers will be asked to attend a volunteer meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please plan to attend if at all possible. Details will be sent out closer to the date.


Our potluck picnic on June 4 was a success! Twenty-five people attended. The food was excellent. Much discussion happened and next year’s officers were (re-)elected. The company was lively and the food was terrific!

2018/2019 Dubuque Camera Club Officers
• President: Ron Tigges
• Vice President: Ken Kiss
• Treasurer: John Leicht
• N4C Reps: Cara Pusateri and Ken Kiss
• Communications: Pamela Brandt
• Public Relations/Events: Jennifer Tigges

Also at the meeting, Jennifer gave us an overview of Blufftops & Visions. The American Lady river cruise will be a highlight, so please put it on your calendar and plan to go! Remember, in order to make this convention a success, we need volunteers, models, swag bag items, door prize items, financial sponsorship, and volunteers.

INCENTIVE! It has been proposed that club members who are convention volunteers will receive a discounted price for Blufftops & Visions registration. Watch your email for details. All club members will still need to pay for any add-ons during registration, including the banquets and the cruise. This is because the club needs to pay for these items. You can choose which ones to attend.


Thanks to everyone in the club who sent in their RED photos for this year’s Dubuque Museum of Art exhibit. About 60 photos were submitted. The museum staff selected the images to be exhibited.

Exhibit dates: September 14 – November 4, 2018 (On display during Blufftops & Visions.)
Gallery Reception: Saturday, September 22 (details TBA)
Fall Into Art: October 5, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (free admission)

Remember, members will need to pay up front for their prints ($44.76). However, if the convention is a financial success, it has been proposed that each member whose photos are selected for the exhibit will receive a stipend. For that reason, it is vital that we all work together to make Blufftops & Visions a success!

Update: The art museum has made their image selections for the exhibit. Everybody with an image chosen should have received an email with specifics. A high res image AND a signed release must be returned in order to participate in the exhibit. Contact Jennifer or Ron if you have questions.


The club discussed and approved the idea of ordering club shirts. Matching shirts will make it easy for out-of-town participants to identify Dubuque Camera Club members at the upcoming Blufftops & Visions convention. We can also wear them at other club events.

Lois volunteered to chair the t-shirt committee. Jennifer has also come up with some alternate options for shirts. Baseball-style caps are a possibility too. Our Facebook group has seen some discussion about these options.  Our club logo will be on any shirts or hats that are ordered.

Right now, there is an online poll to gauge interest in various colors and styles.  As of June 23, the results were leaning toward gold. Club members only, you are welcome to vote in the t-shirt poll. Responses must be received by July 1st.

If you have questions or would simply like to add your name to the list to get a shirt, please contact Lois with your size and let her know (est. cost $12-15). See your email for contact details.

Upcoming events

The current exhibit at Art @ Your Library, located in the rotunda area of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library,  contains a couple of photos by club member Gary Fagan. An upcoming exhibit, opening in August, will feature photography by General Bob Felderman.

Summer meetings:  The regular N4C meeting season has finished. However, due to the impending photography convention, we WILL have impromptu club meetings this summer. Notice of summer meetings will go out by email. Club members, make sure to read any and all emails from the Dubuque Camera Club! They will contain important information!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 6:30 p.m. – First regular club meeting of the upcoming season.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon – Volunteer meeting
  • September 13-14-15, 2018 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention in Dubuque!

Remember, if you have news about area photography-related events, or any information that is of general interest to club members, you are welcome to post it to our Facebook group.

May 13, 2018 News Release

May 13, 2018


Blufftops & Visions

DUBUQUE —  Members of the Dubuque Camera Club are eagerly preparing for “Blufftops & Visions,” the upcoming 62nd annual N4C photography convention, to be held in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 13-14-15, 2018.

If you are planning to attend, you will find much to see and do in Dubuque, pop. 58,000, the oldest city in Iowa. Historic architecture is one of the unique features of this Mississippi River community. Landscape photographers will enjoy the dramatic wooded hills and bluffs.

Blufftops & Visions headquarters, in the downtown Dubuque Holiday Inn at 450 Main St., will put many of the city’s photogenic sites within convenient walking distance.

The convention welcome program on Thursday night will include a visit to the Mississippi Riverwalk and Stone Cliff Winery. The Historic Shot Tower, which dates to 1856, will be lit for a spectacular dusk photoshoot.

Blufftops & Visions keynote events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15. Fine art photographer Brandon Erdman will present during the banquet on Friday evening. Spanish landscape photographer Iván Ferrero will present during the N4C awards banquet on Saturday. A goodbye breakfast buffet will round out the convention on Sunday.

 Offsite field trips will include:

  • a “Millwork and Models” creative photo shoot in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District;
  • a visit to the renowned Tiffany windows of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church;
  • a “Lunch and Learn” at the Dubuque Museum of Art, with viewing of Edward Curtis’ images of The North American Indian,
  • and a Mississippi river cruise on the American Lady ($25 preregistration required).

Convention registration is now open. Stay up to date by adding your email to the Blufftops & Visions email list.

More information about the Blufftops & Visions N4C photography convention is available at the Dubuque Camera Club website: www.dubuquecameraclub.com


If you have questions or need more information, contact us.

Seeing Red – Club members, submit your images!

Sixth annual Dubuque Camera Club photography exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art

Exhibit dates: September 14 – November 4, 2018 (On display during Blufftops & Visions.)
Gallery Reception: Saturday, September 22 (details TBA)
Fall Into Art: October 5, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (free admission)

ONLY CLUB MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT: Club members may submit up to five images that contain the color “Red” in some shape or form. Send your images to Ron Tigges by email. Complete details, including file naming and file size were in the email that was sent out to club members on May 10. The size is tentatively 12-inches x 18-inches. Submissions will be placed in the club’s Smugmug gallery.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Entries may be submitted until Monday, June 18, 2018. Printing costs will be paid by the artist. All prints will be returned to the photographers after the exhibit closes.  We need all prints ready, with artist agreements signed by August 30. Contact Ron if you have any questions.

Remember, participating in club activities, exhibits, and events, is one of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership!  Our club is made up of a terrific group of talented individual photographers. This is an opportunity to show and share your creative work!

Seeing Red — Timeline
These dates are subject to change.
May 10: Call for images went out to members.
June 18 (2 weeks after picnic): Deadline for members to submit images.
July ??: Selections made by museum staff.
July 30: Send for printing. Cost per print $44.76.
August 30: Prints ready, artists’ agreements signed.
Sept. 4-12: Deliver prints to museum.
Sept. 13-15: Exhibit opens during Blufftops & Visions convention.
Sept. 22: Opening reception
Friday, Oct. 5: Gallery reception during Fall Into Art.
Nov. 4: Exhibit closes.
Nov. 6-9: Pick up prints.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, May 21 @ 6:30 p.m. – Regular club meeting.
  • Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 p.m. – End of year Potluck Picnic.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 6:30 p.m. – First regular meeting of the upcoming season.
  • September 13-14-15, 2018 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention in Dubuque!