Thanks to everyone who helped out!

A big thank you to everyone who made the 2018 Blufftops & Visions N4C Photography Convention a success! It took a lot of time, energy, and effort, but we did it!  Thanks to everyone: club members, volunteers, convention participants, hotel staff, models, and vendors. An especially big thank you to all of our wonderful presenters.

In the weeks leading up to the event, several club members worked hard behind the scenes. Over 100 people from a variety of N4C clubs registered for the convention. When the big weekend arrived, volunteers were on hand to ensure that our visitors enjoyed themselves. 

A crowd of over 65 people attended the photoshoot at the Historic Shot Tower on kickoff evening.  The Millwork and Models event on Friday morning was extremely popular too, and resulted in terrific photos!  The models AND the photographers enjoyed themselves!

Friday afternoon’s off-site field trips were informative, and so were the seminars at convention headquarters. Stephanie Johnson did a nice job of educating us on the use of Intentional Camera Movement to create artistic abstracts. [You can download her presentation here.] Armando Flores from Tamron shared his knowledge about macro photography. Several club members also shared their photography skills.

On Friday evening, the banquet room was full. Club member and soloist Chris Ross got us in the mood. People were friendly, the food was delicious, and we got to watch slideshows of all the N4C competition winners. What a treat to put faces on the competition photos that we see every month! The evening closed with a keynote presentation by Brandon Erdman.

On Saturday morning, convention attendees had more to enjoy! The vendor room was open, and the N4C print room held a lot of visual eye candy. Outdoor choices included a walkabout at the farmers’ market and a mural tour, led by club member Lori Burrows.

The seminar on post-processing technique from international keynote presenter Iván Ferrero was very well attended. We are grateful for Dubuque Camera Club member Jose Garcia for bringing Iván and his traveling companion Alberto to Dubuque.

In the afternoon, nearly 80 people opted for the river cruise on the American Lady, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The N4C awards presentation and banquet on Saturday evening made it a full weekend.

Friday evening banquet at Blufftops & Visions

Remember, if you have photos to share that you took during Blufftops & Visions, you can send them by email to We’ll create a gallery and send you a link. If you post your images on social media, please use our hashtag: #blufftopsandvisions.

Click on this link to visit the Blufftops & Visions page on Facebook. Here is a link to the Dubuque Camera Club on Instagram.

Attention: Club members!

The N4C 2018/2019 season is starting up again! Our first regular club meeting of the season will be held on TUESDAY Sept. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center in the Mines of Spain. We usually meet on Mondays. This meeting is on a Tuesday because of Labor Day. See you there!

IMPORTANT: We are anticipating a successful Blufftops and Visions convention!  Dubuque Camera Club members who are volunteering for the convention must attend a mandatory volunteer meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8th from 10 a.m. to noon. Please attend if at all possible. Details will go out by email.


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.

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:


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