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!
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
Sadly, challenge #11 is apparently a broken link. It's the only inaccessible one so far, though, so I may be able to restore it someday, if you guys wish me to.
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:
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:
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:
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!
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:
...Including some wonderful Japan-like fractals!
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!!!