December 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Randy Schoener will be the Program speaker at the Sioux City Camera Club's January 12, 2023 meeting.  Randy's presentation will be on cropping and composition.  He will be using some of his own photos to demonstrate how cropping can affect composition.  He also plans to talk about basic composition principles such as the rule of thirds, centering, leading lines, triangles, negative space and how those principles are applied to some of his own photos.


November 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The Sioux City Camera Club has scheduled a birding workshop with Nature photographer Don Poggensee for Saturday, Nov. 19th.  Members will travel to Ida Grove and meet at Moorhead Park at 8 a.m. YES, 8 a.m. MORNING.  It’s roughly an hour’s drive there via Hwy 20 and then Hwy 59. 

Don is going to spend half a day with club members giving us tips about shooting nature and hopefully some migratory birds in the area. Unless there is a blizzard or heavy rainfall, the workshop is on. There is always something to photograph.

We are asking those members attending the workshop to kick in $10/each to compensate Don for his time. It’s only fair.

Doug and Carey will discuss the outing at this week’s club meeting.  A sign up sheet is available online.  Click Here to Sign-up.

Here's a little something about Don.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7dRttl--e0



November 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment


Jerry Mennenga will show how he uses numbers from the Photoshop Info Box to make prints at the Sioux City Camera Club's November 10th meeting. 

He will explain using the K scale and CMYK scale rather than leaving it set on RGB when printing color or black and white. 

He will also touch on editing a shoot, to decide which images he would like to use for his blog to print.


October 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Starting this Thursday, October 13th, the Sioux City Camera Club will begin another monthly View and Review session.  It has been tried at various times with mixed results, but this time there will be an incentive.  For those that participate a name will be drawn for a door prize.  Only those that submit a View and Review image is eligible and if your name is drawn you must be present to claim your prize.

This is not a contest.  It is provided for those that aren’t interested in entering our monthly contests or don’t feel they’re quite ready for that yet, of course those that do enter our monthly contests are welcome as well.  The whole purpose of this is to simply help members that want to improve their photography skills by asking questions and getting useful tips from other members feedback.  

The View and Review will be held at our first meeting each month (2nd Thursday of the month) and here’s how it will work:

  1. A theme or subject will be posted on the club’s website calendar and in the monthly newsletter.
  2. Each member can submit up to 2 digital images.
  3. The deadline for submission will be by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the Thursday meeting.
  4. The image file name needs to be changed to reflect your name and the image title.  For example: Doug Conrad-Beautiful Sunset
  5. Resize your image to 1920px on the long edge with a maximum file size of 750mb
  6. Send your images to [email protected] with the month and View and Review in the subject line

Be prepared to explain how your image connects with the theme, what you like about it and ask if you would like to hear any feedback.

That’s all there is to it.  This month’s theme is Summer so get those images in no later than 5:00 pm tomorrow (Wednesday), October 12th.  Here’s a link to our website calendar  https://www.siouxcitycameraclub.com/calendar


2022 Audubon Nature Photo Contest

June 14, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Audubon Community Nature Center
Jamestown, New York 14701

2022 Nature Photography Contest

$200 Cash Prizes

Youth and Adult Divisions
Submission Deadline: August 28, 2022

Your photo could win $200 in the Youth (ages 8 to 18) or Adult (age 19 and older) categories of Fauna (any wild animal) or Landscapes/Waterscapes (mountains, forests, fields, deserts/oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks). Additional $200 prizes will be awarded to the Adult and Youth photos receiving the most Community Choice votes online. 

Winning and finalist photographs will be displayed on the contest website and announced in a widely-distributed news release. Audubon will print winning photographs to exhibit in the Nature Center. (See attached.)

For details and to enter (and vote!), visit GoGoPhotoContest.com/ACNCPhotoContest


May 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Click to enlarge Saturday, May 14th several members of the Sioux City Camera Club participated in a photography workshop held at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  Members were instructed and guided by Mike Benkis during the 2 hour early admission photography session held prior to opening the gates to the public.  It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and photograph the animals without having to navigate within crowds of people. Click to enlarge

Mike is a Nebraska native that started in Wildlife photography back in 2014 and has had his work published by the Omaha World Herold, Nebraska Land Magazine, Omaha Audubon Society, Nebraska Games and Parks, and various other publications.  Mike is very passionate about wildlife, especially birds and has developed a clean, bold, and dramatic artistic photographic style that has become a hallmark of his work. Click to enlarge

The zoo offers several on-site programs and camps throughout the year https://www.omahazoo.com/on-site-programs-and-camps.

Here's a gallery of some of the images that were made:  https://www.siouxcitycameraclub.com/p613215616



May 17, 2022  •  1 Comment

Ron Nicolls and Carl Hardy At its annual banquet on May 12, 2022, the Sioux City Camera Club presented its inaugural Fran and Vernice Kingsbury Meritorious Service Awards to Ron Nicolls and Carl Hardy. This award is named after longtime Club members Fran and Vernice Kingsbury, formerly of Ponca, Nebraska. Fran passed away in January. His 100th birthday would have been next month. Fran was a member of the Sioux City Camera Club, the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C, which he co-founded), and the Photographic Society of America for more than 65 years. He became a Fellow of the PSA in 1972. Fran and Vernice together provided decades of leadership and service to the photographic arts in Siouxland, in the Midwest, and around the world.

Nicoll’s introduction to the Club goes back 50 years to May 1972, when he attended the banquet at the Normandy Restaurant as the guest of Kevin Martin. He became a Club member in September of that year. Nicolls served extensively as an officer in the Club: VP in 1978 and 1979, President in 1980 and 1981, and Treasurer from 1982 to 1988 (doing double duty as Program Chair from 1982 to 1985). A second tenure as President followed in 1989 and 1990. Nicolls twice served as chair of N4C conventions hosted in Siouxland, in 1984 with Randy Williams and in 2000. In 2000–2001, he was President of N4C, and in 2004, he received N4C’s Founders Award.

Hardy is also a past president (1986 and 1987) of the Club, but most members know him best for his current essential role in so many Club and N4C Entry Level and Advance Level Photographers of the YearDenis Hirschman and Douglas Conrad activities. He is the editor of the N4C Handbook and the N4C Directory. He also chairs the N4C Video Essay and Club Communications contests as well as the N4C Pictorial (Color) and Altered Reality Print Competitions. For the Club, Hardy is the longtime editor of its award-winning Sioux Scope newsletter. He coordinates judging when the Sioux City Camera Club judges N4C contests, both print and digital. He is the longtime sender of pictorial and altered reality prints to N4C for the Club, and he stepped up to take on the N4C digital submissions in recent years as well. Hardy is also called on frequently when judge chairs have been required for Club competitions.

End-of-year awards were also presented at the banquet. Mitch Keller received four end-of-year awards for his digital and print photographs. Douglas Conrad received three awards. Denis Hirschman received two end-of-year awards. Ron Nicolls, Teresa Hebert, and Lucas Harbeck received one award each. Douglas Conrad was named the advanced level Photographer of the Year, and Denis Hirschman was named the entry level Photographer of the Year.



April 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Since Covid restrictions have been lessened the Sioux City Camera Club will once again have our traditional annual awards banquet starting at 6 pm, Thursday, May 12th at 3900 Stadium Dr. in Sioux City.  This building is the office of the Siouxland Home Builders Association and just down the street from the Explorers baseball Stadium.  Please enter the building through the South entrance.  There will be ample parking for everyone.  The event will be catered and the cost will be $12.00 per person payable in advance to help defray the expense.  Click here to sign-up.  Payment can be made at our April 28th meeting.  If you can't make the meeting you can mail a check to Julia Harbeck at 1006 Logan St., Sioux City, IA 51105 or pay on line at https://sccc-banquet.cheddarup.com.  Wildlife and Nature photographer, Mike Benkis of Omaha, will be our guest speaker.

The following awards will be presented for both Advanced and Entry Level Photographers:

  • Best black & white digital image of the year (Previously Submitted and Open Class)
  • Best black & white print image of the year (Previously Submitted and Open Class)
  • Best color digital image of the year (Previously Submitted and Open Class)
  • Best color print image of the year (Previously Submitted and Open Class)
  • Photographer of the Year
  • Black & white print Photographer of the Year
  • Black & white digital Photographer of the Year
  • Color print Photographer of the Year
  • Color digital Photographer of the Year

The deadline for submitting your year-end digital entries will be Saturday, April 30th, by 5:00 pm.  Digital entries are to be sent via email to [email protected]  Be sure to include what you are submitting in the subject line, such as Previously Entered and or Open Class, as well as Advanced or Entry Level.  Print entries are to be dropped off at the April 28th meeting.

You may enter 2 digital black & white and color images and 2 black & white and color print images in each category (Previously Submitted, Open Class).  Previously Submitted entries must have been submitted in this years monthly competition.  Open Class entries are unrestricted.  Images that have previously won an image of the year award are not eligible.

Digital images need to be re-named and resized (1920 pixels on the long side and no more than 750 KB) the same manner in which you have been entering monthly competitions.





May 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The SCCC Annual Awards Banquet is this Thursday, May 13th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Sioux City Art Center.  A video slide show exhibiting all of the annual digital and print competition entries will be presented as well as the following awards:

Digital Competition Awards

Black & White Digital Image of the Year Previously Entered

Black & White Digital Image of the Year Open Class

Color Digital Image of the Year Previously Entered

Color Digital Image of the Year Open Class

Print Competition Awards

Black & White Print of the Year Previously Entered

Black & White Print of the Year Open Class

Color Print of the Year Previously Entered

Color Print of the Year Open Class

Photographer of the Year Awards

Digital Black & White Photographer of the Year

Digital Color Photographer of the Year

Print Black & White Photographer of the Year

Print Color Photographer of the Year

Entry Level Photographer of the Year

(Advanced Level) Photographer of the Year

The digital judge for this year’s annual digital competition was Clark Colby.  Clark is an Arts Communication and Design Program Specialist and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University.  Mary Anne Redding, curator of the Sioux City Art Center was this year’s annual print judge.  Mary Anne will be there to provide her input about the print competition.

Britton Hacke, our guest speaker, will be presenting and talking about his special photography.  Britton is the house photographer at the Tyson Events Center, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Orpheum Theater.  He owns and operates his own photography business and also works as a comedian.

For those that can’t make it, the banquet will be live streamed on a limited basis as we do not have the ability to stream everything.  Please note that the link provided in the May newsletter is not correct.  To join click on the following link https://mside.webex.com/mside/j.php?MTID=mc10f5577a9c215493f5f8c12d4c80ec0 which Mitch will activate at 6:45 pm.



February 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (February 2, 2021) The Sioux City Camera Club will open its photography exhibit on February 16 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center’s main gallery. The Club will present a rich range of images through March 28, 2021.

Founded more than a century ago, the Sioux City Camera Club is committed to the mutual education and learning in the science and art of photography. Members promote and encourage advancement of its group through the knowledge and practice of photography.

President Tom Schoening invites anyone interested in cameras to join the club: “Our club members enjoy the opportunity to share their images, to enjoy fellowship with like-minded shutterbuggers, and to improve their photography skills.”



December 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Sioux City Art Center has more photos on display now than ever in its history. The displays include an exhibit by the Sioux City Camera Club with the theme "Solitude."

A rather appropriate theme, considering the current pandemic lockdown. If the public is not willing to go to the arts center, they can now view our photo exhibit via YouTube video.

Watch "Solitude: A photo exhibit by the Sioux City Camera Club", produced by Tom Schoening on YouTube.  https://youtu.be/4BF1izdtqPQ



December 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Sioux City Camera Club members are invited to exhibit a your best photograph for our display at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center gallery. There is no theme for the exhibit so pick your best image. 

The photographs can be any size, either black and white or color, and and needs to be mounted in a black frame with a white mat and wire hanger.  The wire hangar needs to be 2 inches below the top of the frame when hung.  Usually one photograph from each member is displayed but if they have room, it's possible that more than one photo from a member may be displayed.

Please bring your framed print along with a completed informational form to the center anytime before February 10, 2021.  You can download and print out the informational form here. The exhibit will open on February 15, 2021.  The management of the Lewis and Clark Center retains the right to decline any photograph for display.  



December 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Art Center Curator Mary Anne Redding and Sioux City Camera Club President Tom Schoening will talk about the photo exhibits at the Sioux City Art Center on the Drive Time Live talk radio show with Mark Hahn.    

The show is scheduled after the 5:00 p.m. news on Thursday, December 10th from the Art Center Library.  To listen to this live broadcast tune in to 1360 AM, 94.8 FM or live on the web at www.kscj.com/listen-live.






September 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The next Camera Club exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center opens November 7th and will run through January 24, 2021.  The theme of this year’s exhibit is Solitude.  

This exhibit will be a juried event by the Art Center’s new Curator, Mary Anne Redding.  Each club member should submit 3 images for consideration of which one or more will be selected for the exhibit.  Your images are to be submitted via email to [email protected].  The deadline for submitting your entries is Friday, October 9th by 5 PM.  You will then be notified of her selections by Tuesday, October 13th.  The deadline for delivery of the selected photographs to the Art Center will be Tuesday, October 27th

Framing requirements are the same as in the past, black frame, with white matt and glass.  Recommended size of the frame is 16" x 20".  The wire hanger needs to be two inches below the top of the frame when hung.  Your name, address and title need to be on the back as well as the price if you wish to sell.  The Art Center receives a percentage of each sale. 



June 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Sioux City Camera Club’s annual 2019/20 awards have been determined and the announcement will be made via the WebEx video conferencing system. Once again, Mitch Keller has set it up and will be hosting it.  As in the past, Doug Conrad has made a video slide show of all 2019/20 year end entries and all of the winners will be announced in the video slide show.  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we did not conduct a year end print competition this year, only a digital competition.  The video conference will be held on Thursday, June 25th starting at 7:oo p.m. 

Instructions for joining this meeting are the same as our previous video conferences and can be reviewed below.  You should not need to download any software to connect. Simply click on the up-dated link below, which Mitch will activate at 6:45pm CDT:


If you are, for some reason, asked for a meeting number, enter 145 211 9038.  If you are asked for a password, enter SCCC. You should not need this information, based on the testing we did earlier. 

The video conference will be configured to automatically mute your microphone. If you want to speak so others can hear you, click the Mic button so it turns gray. When you are done, click it again to mute yourself. The button will turn red. Because the internet all around us is being overwhelmed with so many people at home, please turn OFF (red) your video camera unless you are one of the program presenters.

Instead of turning on your microphone, we strongly recommend using the chat feature during the video conference if you want to ask a question or make a comment. Click the speech bubble icon and you’ll get a chat section on your screen next to the video. Mitch will monitor the chat so that your questions or comments can be announced. 

If you have trouble hearing, please first make sure that the volume is turned up on your computer. If that doesn’t solve the problem, we have found through testing that disconnecting (Click the red X button labeled “Disconnect” in the attached image.) and then clicking the link in this email to connect again has solved the problem.

If things go to plan, a recording of this meeting will be available to watch within a day or two for those who are unable to join or have technical difficulties.


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