Club Winners

The Dubuque Camera Club competes in North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) photography contests. Below are the top winners from our club for each season.

To view the top winners from all clubs, visit the Winners Galleries on the N4C website and scroll down to Best of the Best N4C.

2021 – “Best of the Best” N4C club winners

Photos from the following Dubuque Camera Club members received recognition in the 2021 N4C end-of-the-season “Best of the Best” contest:

  • Kevin McTague, honorable mention, Digital Altered Reality, “See Jane Run”
  • Will Hoyer, honorable mention, Digital Pictorial, “Morning Color at -16 degrees Fahrenheit”
  • Kenneth Kiss, honorable mention, Digital Pictorial, “Lifting Fog at Green Island”
  • Kenneth Kiss, honorable mention, Digital Nature, “Yep, All Feathers Counted”


2020/2021 – Top N4C winners from our club

Award Contest Category Month Title Club member  
1st Digital Travel Sept. 2020 Horseshoe Bend, Arizona  Stephonie Schmitz  
1st Digital Travel Oct. 2020 Inspiration Point – Bryce Canyon, Utah  Stephonie Schmitz  
1st Digital Travel Jan. 2021 Delicate Arch at Sunset – Utah  Stephonie Schmitz  
1st Digital Travel Feb. 2021 Fire Sky – Garden of the Gods – Colorado   Stephonie Schmitz  
2nd Digital Pictorial Nov. 2020 Motor Mill sunset on the turkey river Ron Tigges  
2nd Digital Travel Apr. 2021 Chicago River Wrigley building view – Chicago,  Illinois Ron Tigges  
2nd Digital Altered Reality May 2021 See Jane Run Kevin McTague  
2nd Digital Pictorial Mar. 2021 Cloud Gods Rise Henry Matthiessen III  
3rd Digital Travel Jan. 2021 Hydes Mill, Ridgeway, Wisconsin Kevin McTague  
3rd Digital Nature May 2021 Giraffe Pool – Massai Mara, Africa Stephonie Schmitz  
3rd Digital Nature Jan. 2021 Reflections of the Fallen Will Hoyer  

The following Dubuque Camera Club members received one or more Honorable Mention awards during the 2020/2021 N4C season:

  • Ron Tigges
  • Kenneth Kiss
  • Kevin McTague
  • Andreas Exner
  • Casey Klein
  • James Durrant
  • Stephone Schmitz
  • Will Hoyer

2019/2020 “Best of the Best” Club Winners — virtual

The 2020 N4C convention was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Winners from the 2019/2020 season were recognized in a virtual presentation on October 14, 2020. The presentation was made into a 28-minute video. See a complete list of “Best of” winners for 2019/2020 on the N4C website.

Dubuque Camera Club members who were recognized by the N4C in 2019/2020:

  • Ronald Tigges, 3rd place, Digital Journalism, “Good Night.”
  • James Durrant, 3rd place, Digital Travel, “Nighttime at Falling Water, Pennsylvania.”
  • Stephonie Schmitz, honorable mention, Digital Travel, “Monument Valley, Arizona.”


2018/2019 “Best of the Best” Club Winners

The Dubuque Camera Club earned three end-of-the-year awards at the 2019 N4C convention:

  • David Smethers, Honorable Mention, Digital Journalism, “Rock climber scales sheer cliff face to summit rim of Grand Canyon”
  • Jose Garcia, Second Place, Digital Black and White, “Smoke”
  • Dubuque Camera Club, Honorable Mention, Digital Newsletter, written by Pamela Brandt

At the 2019 N4C summer mini-con, our club also took home a panoramic print award:

  • Ronald Tigges, 3rd Place, Panorama Print, “Christmas in July”

2017/2018 “Best of the Best” Club Winners — Blufftops & Visions

In September 2018, the Dubuque Camera Club hosted Blufftops & Visions, the 62nd annual N4C photography convention, in Dubuque, Iowa. See the Blufftops & Visions photo gallery for images taken during this event.

At the 2018 Blufftops & Visions convention, our club earned a total of 11 awards. The following photographers were recognized in the “Best of N4C” annual competition:

  • First place, Digital Travel — “Ciudaddelas Ciencias Spain” by Jose Garcia
  • Second place, Digital Altered Reality — “Racing into Reality” by Ronald Tigges
  • Honorable Mention awards went to Pamela Brandt, Kevin McTague, David Smethers, Ron Tigges, and Jose Garcia.

2016/2017 “Best of the Best” Club Winners


The following Dubuque Camera Club members were recognized in 2016/2017 during the N4C annual competition:

Digital Black and White
First place: Gary Fagan, “Braving the Storm”
Honorable mention: José García, “Picking Flowers”
Digital Nature
Second place: José García, “Winter Sunrise”
Honorable mention: Gary Fagan, “Protect Me”
Digital Travel
Third place: José García, “Alhambra, Spain”
Honorable mention: Robert Felderman, “San Diego Skyline and Sailboats at Sunset”
Honorable mention: Kevin McTague, “John Hopkins Glacier, Alaska”