Iowa City Camera Club


The Iowa City Camera Club is an N4C (North Central Camera Clubs) Small Camera Club. We are a group of individuals who love photography and sharing our joy of photography with others. Our primary objective is to offer information in the art and science of photography, to stimulate creativity and experimentation, and to render services to others aimed at increasing their ability to practice photography.


We meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays at 7 pm from September through May at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center which is located on the corner of Burlington and Gilbert Streets. Dues are $30 single, $35 for couples and $15 for first year members.


The Iowa City Camera Club has been named Small Camera Club of the Year by the North Central Camera Clubs in 1991, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.



Club Chairman Mark Gromko

Larry Meister- Treasurer

N4C Communications Wilford Yoder

Bulletin Publisher - Mary Dreckman

Web guy - John Johnson


2016-2017 Programs / Descriptions of Categories / Camera Club Council Competitions

Contest Categories / Print Size / Digital Images / Guidelines for Competitions - Contact Us


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2016—2017 PROGRAMS


August 29(6:30 pm) - Introductions. Photos from your summer.


Sept 19 - Editing with Nik (Jo Eland)


Sept 21 – Judging Meeting: Digital Creative


Oct 3 – Follow-up on Dick Schwab’s Barn shoot.


Oct 17 – Critique Night #1


Nov 7 – Night shoot follow-up (Bob Rude).


Nov 21 - Critique Night #2


Jan 9 - Architecture shoot follow-up.


Jan 16 – Macro Night - bring your favorite macro tools


Feb 6 – How Did You Do That? (photos from Critique Nights or Competition Winners - Mary Dreckman).


Feb 20 - First Photo Essay Critique and Critique Night #3


Feb 22 – Judging Meeting: Color Prints


Mar 6 – Club project: Back alleys and graffiti.


Mar 20 - Second Photo Essay Critique and Critique Night #4


Apr 3 – We have a guest speaker for our program: Dustin from Photo Pro in Cedar Rapids will give a presentation on Flash Photography. We will let him lead off the agenda. As time allows, we will do our usual submissions (April)  and returns (March).. No Creative Prints; Double Digital Travel; Double 2x2 slides


Apr 17 – Macro Night- The program will include a video by Mike Moats on Macro Photography. The principles he goes through apply to other styles of photography, too, so even if you’re not a macro shooter I think you will find this video instructive and useful. Also, we will bring in various macro equipment as a show-and-tell, so you can get a first-hand idea of the various ways to shoot macro.


May 1 – Jackson Wyoming (Larry and Delores Meister).


May 15 - Joe Maciejko, the Resident Photographer for Ballet Quad Cities, will present on his work photographing ballet.  We also agreed that it would be worthwhile, at the May 15 meeting, to share photos that club members are submitting to the Iowa State Fair. So if you are thinking about submitting to the Fair, it’s time to start working on your submissions.


May 18 - Wednesday Judging Meeting: Digital Pictorial


June 5 (6:30) Planning Meeting

Description Of Competition Categories

PICTORIAL: Entries may depict any subject matter. The stress is on technique, composition and artistic presentation rather than on documentary approach.


NATURE: Entries illustrate all natural phenomena: plants, animals, insects, landforms, sea and sky. There is a condition that the “hand of man does not show; roads, fences, wires, domestic animals or cultivated plants are unacceptable. Exception to this rule is when nature invades man’s domain and lives in peaceful coexistence. Zoo or studio shots may be acceptable if the setting appears natural and appropriate to the subject.


JOURNALISM: Generally refers to people and their environs: usual or unusual happenings, human interest subject material with strong story telling quality. Entries may now include “sequences”. Selection of snappy titles is important for this category.


CREATIVE: An experimental, creative, imaginative, departure from reality, often with the use of special techniques. Conventional methods with significant departure from realistic presentation would also be considered creative.


TRAVEL: This category captures the feeling of a place and portrays a land, people, or culture in its natural state. It need not be a far-away place. What is home for you, could be travel to someone else. Must list location!


LOCAL CLUB PHILOSOPHY: Rather than promoting competitive attitudes among members, we encourage members to show their work to each other to discuss possible problem areas and to offer suggestions for improvement.


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Slides: On the FACE of the mount, list: Title; Member Number, Maker’s Name; Maker’s Address, and Name of the Camera Club (Iowa City Camera Club). There must be a mark in the lower left corner when the slide is viewed in an upright position. Travel slides must list location. Since there only four contests, clubs may enter 16 slides in each contest: two slides made by each of eight of their club members.


Prints: On the BACK upper left hand corner of the mount or print, show: Member Number, Title, Maker’s Name, Maker’s Address, and Name of the Camera Club (Iowa City Camera Club). Black and White prints are sent to the same judging club as Nature Prints; specify whether a B&W Nature print is to be judged as Nature or B&W. Travel prints must list location.


Photo Essay: is defined as a series of images (on a DVD) that tell a story. Minimum number of images is 20, no maximum, but program time shall not exceed six minutes. Entry forms and specific rules can be found at Each DVD and entry form must be marked with the Member Number, Maker’s Complete Name, and Title of the Essay. Entries are rated by quality of the photography; sound track quality (music and narration, if included); and impact and integration of sound and images.


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Camera Club Council Competitions


Monthly competitions are held free of charge September though May, except December. Our Club may submit eight entries per contest category per month, on the basis of one per maker.


“Open” competitions for Creative Prints and 2x2 slides are held four times each year. Eight contestants, if they desire, may submit two entries each.


N4C member numbers must be on all prints, slides and digital entries. Travel slides and prints must list location.


Entries that win First, Second, Third or Honorable Mention in a monthly contest will be in the year-end N4C competition.


Contest Categories


Digital - monthly: Pictorial, Nature, Creative, Travel, Journalism and Black & White


Prints - monthly: Color, Nature, Travel, Journalism and Black & White - October, January, March and May: Creative


Journalism Entries may now include “sequences” in both digital and print contests


2 x 2 slides – September, November February and April: Photographic film transparencies, NOT eligible are slides made from digital files


Digital Photo Essay: Annual Contest


Panorama Print: Annual Contest


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Print Size

Mounting or matting: optional in all categories


Size: can range from 8” x 10” to 16” x 20”, including mat


Photojournalism Prints: maximum size 8” x 12”, must be unmatted, only a thin mount…if used


Panorama Prints: aspect ratio greater than 2:1, Maximum size of 320 square inches including mat. Entries to be delivered at Springbrook meeting.




By the 10th of the judging month:


Pictorial, Nature, Black & White and Creative entries to:


Travel: Randy Moyer at


Journalism: Wilford Yoder at


Image Size: Entries must be no more than 1024 pixels on the longer side. Files must be less than 500 Kb.


Naming Image Files – Example: 01,JA045,DP,Beautiful Sunset.jpg


It is imperative to follow the above naming convention!


A. 01, to be used on all entries. It may be changed later and used to sequence the judging. The N4C Contact of the entrant’s camera club will use this ID number to sequence the names submitted, normally from 01 to 08.


B. JA045, is the entrant’s personal N4C Member Number. JA is the “Club Code” designation for the Iowa City Camera Club. Each Club member has a digital entry number, which is listed in the back of this booklet.


C. Categories DP= Digital Pictorial; DN=Digital Nature;DC Digital Creative; DT=Digital Travel; DJ=Digital Journalism; DB=Digital Black and White


D. Beautiful Sunset = the entrant’s title for the image.


E. .jpg = the extension indicating the format of the file (.jpg)


F. Commas are used to populate the electronic record keeping system for tracking and judging. Do Not use spaces.

Contact Us


Club Chairman Mark Gromko

Larry Meister- Treasurer

N4C Communications Wilford Yoder

Bulletin Publisher - Mary Dreckman

Collectors of Digital Submissions for the club

DT, DP and DB Randy Moyer

DJ, DN and DC Wilford Yoder


Just the Web guy - John Johnson