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.

Registration reminder: Finding Your Light

Finding Your Light, the annual N4C convention, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on September 19 – 22, 2019.

If you plan to attend Finding Your Light, the annual N4C convention in Des Moines this fall, now is the time to register! Convention registration is open to Dubuque Camera Club members (all of our club members are N4C members) as well as other photography enthusiasts in the community.

Last year when our club hosted the annual convention here in Dubuque, we had a lot of fun! Our theme was Blufftops & Visions. This year the Des Moines Camera club is hosting the convention. They have planned some interesting banquet speakers, workshops, and photoshoots. See the full list of presenters here. Here’s a preliminary list of field trips.

If you are an N4C member and register by August 11th, you can get the early bird rate of $185. Non-member early bird price is $210. Your choice of lodging is extra. The event will be held at the Sheraton hotel in West Des Moines. Follow the Finding Your Light page on Facebook for more details.

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT – Shari MillerEmbracing the Process, Practicing Gratitude(9-10:30 am, Sat., 9/21About Shari:Using…

Posted by Finding Your Light in Des Moines N4C Convention on Saturday, July 6, 2019

2018/2019 N4C winners

During a season running from Sept. 2018 through May 2019, members of the Dubuque Camera Club entered their original digital photography in the monthly N4C competition. The competition is judged on a rotating basis by 37 different midwestern photography clubs.

Ten of our club members earned first, second, third, or honorable mention awards. Their 24 images will advance to the annual competition at Finding Your Light, the annual N4C convention to be held this year in Des Moines in September 2019.

Many of our club photographers also earned merit awards. Although merit award images do not advance, these photographers received recognition from judging clubs. All of our club’s competition entries are posted in our online gallery. The N4C Winners galleries may be found here.

Submitting to monthly N4C competitions is one of the perks of Dubuque Camera Club membership. Receiving feedback from others helps us to evaluate our own work so we can learn and grow as photographers. Even if we don’t receive any awards, participating in the competition is a fun way to be involved with the club.

Competition winners
Thanks to everyone in the club who submitted photos to the monthly competition!
Mo/YrMonthCategoryImage titleFirstLastAward
2018-11NovemberDigital Altered RealityPainted Daisies EleanorSchuellerHM
2018-11NovemberDigital Altered RealitySuccess on attempt number 5  RonTiggesHM
2018-10OctoberDigital B&WForgotten Coon Hound   RonTigges1st
2018-11NovemberDigital JournalismOh Crap    RonTiggesHM
2018-10OctoberDigital PictorialHappy Halloween  RonTiggesHM
2018-10OctoberDigital TravelLate Night on the Mississippi Dubuque, Iowa  RonTiggesHM
2019-05MayPrint Panorama  Christmas in July         RonTigges3rd
2019-02FebruaryDigital JournalismRock Climber Scales Sheer Cliff Face to Summit RimDavidSmethers1st
2019-01JanuaryDigital TravelHorseshoe Bend DavidSmethersHM
2019-04AprilDigital PictorialBouquet of Fireworks Over People & Mississippi RiverRobertFelderman3rd
2019-03MarchDigital NatureWhat’s for Lunch    KennethKissHM
2019-05MayDigital TravelVirgin River at Zion National Park Utah KennethKissHM
2018-09SeptemberDigital NatureHummer    KevinMcTague2nd
2019-03MarchDigital NatureDowny Woodpecker 2 KevinMcTagueHM
2019-04AprilDigital NatureThe Landing   KevinMcTagueHM
2019-02FebruaryDigital TravelAuckland New Zealand    KevinMcTagueHM
2019-05MayDigital TravelGrand Canyon, Arizona     KevinMcTagueHM
2018-10OctoberDigital Altered RealitySmokydress           JoseGarciaHM
2018-10OctoberDigital B&WSmoke       JoseGarciaHM
2018-10OctoberDigital TravelMonument Valley, Utah     JoseGarcia1st
2019-05MayDigital PictorialBurrowing Owl           BeckyMatherHM
2019-03MarchDigital TravelCanyonlands of Utah            BeckyMather3rd
2019-01JanuaryDigital JournalismBellevue Barn Blaze     CaseyKleinHM
2019-03MarchDigital PictorialTrain Wizzes By At Morants Curve CoryHuntingtonHM

Noteworthy photography events

Want to re-invigorate your photography or improve your skills? Are you ready for a roadtrip? Consider registering for these noteworthy photography events…

Dubuque Camera Club member José Garcia will be leading workshops at PhotoPro in Cedar Rapids on June 21-22

You must register in advance. Cost is $25 per workshop.  José is now a Canon ambassador, and this is part of the store’s Canon weekend. See the Photo Pro Facebook page or website for more information.  Here is a list of all upcoming PhotoPro events.


The Des Moines Camera Club will host the annual N4C convention, Finding Your Light, on September 19-22, 2019.

Register to attend Finding Your Light by August 11 to receive an early bird discount. The cost for N4C members who register by the early bird deadline is $185. Speakers, workshops and photo shoots, photography presentations, and more! The event will be held at the Sheraton of West Des Moines. Lodging costs are not included in convention registration. See below for more information:

Click here for more information about Finding Your Light

Blufftops & Visions promoted at N4C Mini-convention

Dubuque Camera Club members Ron & Jennifer Tigges presented a stimulating program with many photo ops and reasons you…

Publicado por N4C – North Central Camera Club Council en viernes, 11 de mayo de 2018