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!
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 April 2012 challenge, themed "Threefold", 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 =FractalEuphoria with:
A perfectly fit title for an excellent reproduction of the aquatic organisms. Being able to reproduce algae abstractly with just three layers in Ultra Fractal, together with the marine outlook and the perfect tone balance of this fractal, make up for great artistic skill!
Second place goes to *theaver with:
Soft, smooth, almost silky, these springtime flowers deliver a feeling of unspoilt quiet which is really pleasing to the eye. The composition is overall balanced and the use of contrast is also worth of mention - simplicity really worked well for the artist in this case.
Third place goes to *beautifulchaos1 with:
The fact there was a good number of ducky entries clearly shows how apt the fractal formula is to give good outcomes even with a low number of layers. This fractal in particular has it all: a dynamic up-and-down flow, accompanied by the wise colour distribution and a nice play of light and shadow. Well done!
Those out of the top three still deserve a feature for their great artistic effort: working with such a little number of layers is something to be proud of. Please take your time to look at their beautiful works!
We're done for April. On to May!
Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux
Challenge #16: May 2012
May's challenge will be a Formula challenge - its title being Colour Me Not!
Don't let yourself be deceived by the title: this challenge isn't about black and white and colour is far from banished in composition. The deal is as such: each fractal entering this challenge must NOT use colouring algorithms of any kind, neither Inside nor Outside. In other words, all fractals must use the "None" colouring algorithm found in Standard.ucl on every single layer, both for Inside and Outside colouring!
Our aim is, therefore, to create beautiful fractal works by exploring fractal shapes, pure gradient colouring and merge modes, instead of focusing on colouring algorithms - which usually play a major part in the outward appearance of the artwork. It IS possible to get wonderful outcomes without them; how to do it is up to you to discover!
A tip: where all else fails, mappings may help you. They're actually a great source of fractal inspiration, especially when aiming for unconventional, out-of-the-ordinary works: they are very likely to give outcomes one could possibly not even imagine.
So have much fun and start exploring right now!
Remember: to enter the challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION. (Sorry for stating it so strongly, but I've had lots of people saying they'd enter the challenge without even stating it in their deviation comments, so I figured I'd better add this specification somewhere!)
Please spread the word by advertising this news article - we definitely want more participants. The more, the merrier!
This challenge's deadline is May 31st, 2012. Ready, set, GO!!!