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An important note before I begin: yes, this challenge IS special, as it has something unexpected that I hope you'll like. However, in order not to disrupt the usual order of things, I'll first make the usual premises about challenges in general, then report the March challenge winners, and then write down this month's challenge theme. So, if you want to find out more, scroll down this article and read!



What are these UF challenges?
How do challenges work and how can I participate?
Can I help promoting the challenges in some way?
What if I have an idea for a future challenge?


You can find all this information and more in the Ultra Fractal challenges FAQ, which is also part of our very first UF challenge, the one for February 2011.
If you already know the rules, then you're good to go - read on for this month's challenge!



Special thanks to:

- snow-valkyrie and all her family, for being the promoters of this very challenge and for their generous will to help those in need. Read on for more information!



Previous editions:

You can find all of the previous challenges in this journal. Please keep in mind that the challenge rules changed after the 26th edition!

Links to ALL UF challenges (updated periodically!)Since the UF challenges are growing in number, instead of linking them all in each new one, I thought I'd make a collection journal for all of them. This will contain all challenges held so far, from the newest (top) to the oldest (bottom), all conveniently thumbed for you! It will also be updated each month so that ALL challenges are reachable from here, even the newer ones. And this journal will of course be linked in every challenge, to keep them all connected :aww:
Here we go!










Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 41 by heavenriver
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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 33 by heavenriver


Now we can go on with the last challenge's results, and then I will introduce this month's challenge to you all.

Here is the March 2011 challenge, themed "Sine-Mod_III", and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if you're not in the top three. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)


First place goes to Jimpan1973 with:

Zinemod by Jimpan1973

Does this fractal really need an introduction? Fantastic metallic tones, excellent shading and a deeply intricate mixture of patterns make it a really worthy creation, that shows just how much can be done with a single colouring!


Second place goes to Avantgarda with:

:thumb200173099:

Another beautiful take on Sine-Mod_III, with soft but not too pronounced colours, fascinating sunny shapes and captivating, velvet looks.


Third place goes to CoffeeToffeeSquirrel with:

A Spring Day Long Time Ago by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

As the artist herself stated, a power 1 Julia - which means this is not properly a fractal, even; and yet, such strange and sober, yet elegant shapes can still be found within UF. The small central spirals look like two seashells, lulled by the waves on the right, resting on the shore.


Just like the other time, many good fractals have been entered and there were surely others I'd have loved to pick as winners. Please have a look at them!

Redux - March 3 by Gerda1946 Sine Shadows by FractalEyes Bloodshed by FractalEuphoria Evening Light by VicEberly Rose Spiral by seven-s Calligraphy by P3dy Universal Memory by timemit Your Spirit and My Voice by snow-valkyrie Wishing by janinesmith54 -Cornradia- by silwenka

We're done for March. On to April!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #03: April 2011



March's challenge will be an Other challenge - its title being High Hopes for Japan!

As everyone knows, sadly, an almost catastrophic earthquake took place in Japan. Not only the number of casualties is very high; the nuclear problem added to it all. The land of the rising sun is going through awful times.
What can we do about it? Well, first off, dedicate a challenge to this wonderful country! This month you'll have to create a Japan-themed fractal. How you interpret the task is entirely up to you, but make sure that you do make it possible for everyone to understand at first sight how your fractal relates to Japan. This is very important. Conceptual ties are okay, but you must also include a visual resemblance with the Japanese land, culture, history or whatever in your fractal.

...Up to now, nothing really special, right? Here's where the real fun comes: for each fractal entered in the challenge, snow-valkyrie and her family have offered to donate $5 to the American Red Cross. Which means: whether you win the challenge or not, Japan wins money thanks to YOU!
One additional rule has been requested for insertion in this challenge - that you add the link to the American Red Cross website to your deviation's description, for the deviation you want to enter the challenge with. So, we'll all help spread the word and raise funds for Japan. Let's keep our hopes high for it, shall we?

I really hope many of you will enter this challenge. If you're reading this, please spread the word!

Here's some wonderful Japanese or Japan-inspired art for your personal delight and inspiration:

japan by atelierkei JAPAN by jinseinokaze Japan Flower by joganelken PRAY FOR JAPAN by widjana .:Pray For Japan:. by WhiteSpiritWolf Japan by Deadbydawnn Japan by anniecarter Japan It by knighthead Japan Series 11 by logann Floral Emblem: Japan by CarrotCakeBandit Samurai Spirit 7 by Artgerm Panda Samurai by carlesgomila Kitsune by Ahyicodae Nine Winged Sky Kitsune by ShadowSaber Kitsune by kitttykat Japanese Apricot by WindyLife Japanese Painting by trinifellah 1 12 japanese foods by Snowfern Japanese Garden by FloatGarden

...Including some wonderful Japan-like fractals!

-Sakura- by silwenka It's Spring in Japan by magnusti78 Tribute to Japan by coby01 Origami by judazfx Kyokai by heavenriver Bamboo Garden by neonrauschen

Remember: to enter the challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal.

This challenge's deadline is April 30th. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
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:iconp3dy:
P3dy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg I nearly failed >.> ... sorry for being so so last minute, I've tried to do it sooner, but it just didn't happen :( so here you go, 4 minutes after the official deadline :) I hope that's still okay? :blushes:
[link] :thumb207048859:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another user had the same problem in a previous UF challenge, and I decided that I would still accept the entry, although it wouldn't be eligible for the first three places. So you will still be featured among the position-4-to-last group and be considered part of the challenge, even if not a winner. Hope it's fine by you :aww:
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:iconp3dy:
P3dy Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This time my point was not even winning, that's why the questionable quality of the fractal... I was rather aiming for the goal of the whole challenge :) So it's totally fine with me :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect!
I'm publishing the next article in a moment. :D
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally! My entry for the challenge. ---> [link] <---
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added! :aww:
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:icongeorge13:
George13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist
My entry: [link]
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:icongeorge13:
George13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist
and the thumb: :thumb206073669:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my entry :thumb205004854: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks!
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Avantgarda Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
my entry:
:thumb204829989:
[link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'll add it as soon as you get the link there. :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hi, here is my entry .. :thumb204861837: [link] Good luck all :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks!
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:iconpaddlin-maddlin:
Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK Here's my entry...I hope, if this is wrong could you let me know, please. I think this is a great idea too and hope we get loads of entries. Link: [link] and thumb :thumb204251584:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fractal's just fine, watch out for what you're missing. I said it in the comment :D
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:iconzesk8:
zesk8 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my entry - [link] :)

good luck
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, added!
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to see so many entries coming in for this! I hope you don't mind, but I have been collecting them in a folder in my Favorites, so if you want to see the entries (without mine) in one place, here is the link to that folder: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course I don't mind, I think your idea was very nice! Thanks for all your attention about the challenge, and I'm glad you liked it. :hug:
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:iconlarabln:
LaraBLN Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my entry: [link]

Thanks for this idea!!! :heart:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks for your entry!
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:iconlarabln:
LaraBLN Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pleasure!!! :heart:
Thanks!!! :hug:
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:iconcoby01:
coby01 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Here is my entry [link] :D:D
Its a wonderful idea :clap:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
I'm glad people are participating enthusiastically. I added your entry!
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:iconcoby01:
coby01 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thank you :hug:
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Here's my entry [link]
Hope it is all right?
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a couple things missing. Read my comment on your fractal for more. ;P
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thank you =)
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:iconcarlesgomila:
carlesgomila Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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:iconkattvinge:
Kattvinge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Here is my contribution :)
[link]

Love
Maria
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, it's been added :aww:
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so wonderful. I can't wait to see everyone's fractals. I am just thrilled to death.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! We have 3 entries for now, and I'm sure we'll have plenty by the end of the contest. :D
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:iconfractaleyes:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My entry: [link] or :thumb203425581:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I added it!
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my entry into the High Hopes for Japan Challenge: [link] I think this is a truly thoughtful Challenge and I hope there are many entries.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the thought! I added it.
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where should I put the params for my entry? Should I note them to you? I'd rather not post them under the deviation.

Also, I didn't include the thumb with my entry post, so here it is: :thumb203392946:

Also, is there a place to see the entries before the end of the Challenge? I'd be curious to see the entries as they come in.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For this challenge, the important thing is to represent Japan. There is no formula restriction, so you can as well not share the parameters if you wish so. It's optional. :D

As of where you can see the entries, sorry, but I think there's nowhere you can see them at... but, if you keep track of this news article's comments, you will see all the links/thumbs to the deviations entered. All of them are always posted here. :aww:
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the reply. I'll check back in to see the entries.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, mine is the only one that won't be listed in the comments: [link]
Just in case you wanted to see it. It won't be judged on, anyway :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well done all , nice challenge entries :) and thanks Jamie for the sentiment of this months..nice style to try and work in :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
I hope to see more awesomeness in this challenge too. :D
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:iconzesk8:
zesk8 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners and good decision to make a benefit tournament in Japan, is sure I will participate :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great! I'm looking forward to it!
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CarrotCakeBandit Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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