The Dubuque Camera Club is a member of the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C), which hosts a monthly photo competition for member clubs during a season that runs from September to May. Club members may submit photos to N4C competitions.

Competition Categories

The information below is taken from the N4C competition page. The Dubuque Camera Club enters only the digital categories (not prints). Refer to the N4C website for official rules and more detailed information.


Pictorial photography is concerned with the artistic quality of the presentation of the subject, rather than with the subject itself. Thoughtful technique and careful composition should combine to elevate the image beyond a mere visual record of a scene.


Nature photography is simply the recording of our natural world by some photographic means. The “hand of man” shall not be present in any nature entry.


Travel photographs strive to convey the feeling and flavor of a place through a single image, and emphasize what that makes a place unique. File name should include the location.


Photojournalism is using a photograph to tell a story or report an event, much as a newspaper article would. Good photojournalism photos often have a strong human interest at their core. [This category uses a different scoring system].

Altered Reality (previously Creative)

Altered Reality photography is limited only by the imagination of the photographer. Any amount of editing or combining of images is fair game. Please use the letters AR for submissions.

Black and White

Entries for this category must be in black and white. Color toning or duotone is allowed.

Submission Rules

Each Dubuque Camera Club member receives a membership packet with detailed guidelines to follow when entering the monthly N4C competitions. A few highlights are below.

File Size. Images must be no larger than 1920 pixels in either width or height, and under 500KB in file size. [Note: this was increased for the 2017/18 season.]

File Naming. Submitted entries must adhere to a specific file naming structure. This consists of the member number, the category code, and the title, each separated by a comma. Spaces are allowed in the title, but should not be used after the separating commas.

Example: DA001,DP,Beautiful Sunset.jpg

This is the Dubuque Camera Club code number. All file names should start with this.

Your personal member ID, unique to each club member.
Category code:
DP: Digital Pictorial
DN: Digital Nature
DT: Digital Travel
DB: Digital Black & White
DJ: Digital Journalism
AR: Altered Reality

Beautiful Sunset
The title of your entry, up to 256 characters. Spaces are allowed.

File name extension (Do not use .jpeg).

New Submission Guidelines (updated Feb. 2017):

  1. Submit Digital Nature and Digital Black & White entries to Ken Kiss via email to All other submissions will go to Cara Pusateri

Submissions are due by midnight of the Sunday before the first meeting of the month. Get your submissions in as early as possible. Please allow time for images to be uploaded to the voting website.

  1. When we judge a category in a month, we do not submit to that category. We will then have double the number of submissions (16) the following month. 
  2. Club members in good standing can go to the following website to vote:

Please use your club number to create a comment in each category. Click on the speech balloon icon on the bottom right of photo to bring up the comment box. Up to 5 votes per category. Voting is due Sunday night before the first club meeting of the month. In the case of a tie, the club N4C submission contact will choose between submissions and submit based on their discretion. When voting, please be sure before you comment. Comments cannot be changed once submitted. NOTE: If you do not have a SmugMug account, please contact Ron for instructions on how to vote.

For more information, see the N4C Contest rules.