N4C (North Central Camera Club Council) is a non-profit organization of over 40 camera clubs located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The N4C year runs from September to May and they have two conventions; one is a mini convention held every spring in Iowa and the other, bigger convention is hosted by one of the member clubs in September.
The decision to join N4C was made because we wanted to belong to a larger community and to afford additional opportunities for competition at a higher level. Our club joined N4C in January, 2015, and we started participating in contests in February. The contests are judged by member clubs and the basis for arriving at scores includes a total of points earned for technique, composition and impact, each with individual scores by three judges. Our club takes its turn judging one of the contests three times a year.
The purpose and objective of N4C is to effect a non-profit federation of camera clubs in the north central states for the education and learning in the science and art of photography; to stimulate invention and research in photographic techniques and the general application thereof; to accumulate and disseminate information on the science and practice of photography; to issue regular bulletins and publications necessary to record the progress currently being made in the field; to transmit to members information useful in their practice of photography and allied arts; to promote and encourage advancement of its members in the knowledge and practice of the science and art of photography; to render such other services to its members’ clubs as may increase their abilities to advance in the practice of photography through membership in the local camera clubs; and to provide a means of communication among the various clubs for the exchange of ideas and accomplishments in this field.