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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!



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. 37 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 36 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 35 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 34 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 33 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 32 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 31 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 30 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 29 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 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:

Algae by FractalEuphoria

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:

Fields of plenty by theaver

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 Others by beautifulchaos1

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!

Wednesdays Come by timemit Hush... The Phantom. by mikey1964 Simple as that by TanjaGrimstvedt Isolation by Jimpan1973 Triple Layer Fractastic by stormymay888 Redux April by Gerda1946 Duckburg-Params by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel lights to guide us in by skulkey Thinking Green by Shadoweddancer



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! :highfive:

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!!! :eager:
Sixteenth edition of the monthly UF challenges, featuring a handful of three-layer fractals from the April challenge and a brand new fractal experience for everyone to partake in!
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:iconshadoweddancer:
Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Digital Artist
My entry - [link]

This was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. I'm glad it pulled me out of the "usual" formulas I work with and made me play around with the mapping formulas. I discovered some really cool bases I'd like to work with in the future.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it did! Thanks for entering. :hug:
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:iconfardareismai:
FarDareisMai Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
[link] My entry! :D

I wanted to make a few more but I got busy and don't think I'll be able to get them in on time. Oh well, I'll probably upload them anyway, just not as part of the challenge.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry, you can always change your entry until tomorrow comes! And thanks for sending one in :)
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my entry [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, you're in! :D
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconf--l--a--r--k:
f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Here's my entry: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconfractalfiend:
fractalfiend Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Here is my entry :D [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, you're in! :D
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:icondavebold370:
davebold370 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]
:thumb303324893:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :aww:
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:icondabluetouch:
dabluetouch Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my entry [link]
Love the challenge idea =)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! You're in :aww:
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hey, here is my entry [link] :thumb302943445: nice challenge Alice :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your entry, Tim :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
NP Alice :)
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's one of my attempts at this: [link]

I just put the link. I don't think a thumb will show up in Comments, unless there's a way to do it that I'm not aware of.

Can we submit more than one? If so, I have done another I can upload.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one's ever entered more than one. I never really wrote down it was "illegal", but you're supposed to enter one since it's "on par" with other members' entries. However, you may change your entry as many times as you please until the challenge is over. :)
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the information. I will stay with this one unless I come up with something I think is better.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In that case, thank you and good luck! :hug:
Let me know if you need anything :D
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:iconoutsidefate:
OutsideFate Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link] I hope I am not late~
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all man~
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:iconelegene:
Elegene Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! I did not find any links about any conditions to enter (being a member of any specific group etc). So I guess it is an open contest?

So here is my entry.[link]

Let me know if there is any problem.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The header of the challenge says the rules are in the first challenge, which is linked above. What you need is basically linking the challenge in your deviation description, make a work that is fresh (i.e. no older works entered), and not much else unless the challenge specifically asks for something :) so you're in!
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:iconfractaleyes:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My entry - [link]

This was really tough :work:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you still entered :nod: Thanks!
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012   General Artist
mah entry: [link] :la:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, you're in! :hug:
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:icontheaver:
theaver Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Here is my entree for this month, it was fun. [link] :heart:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Thea! :aww:
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:iconcoppercolour:
CopperColour Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I'd like to join in this month. I made this. [link] :thumb301011236:

Thank you. :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, you're in :D
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:iconcoppercolour:
CopperColour Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Thank you. :)
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:iconnewsoulimploaded:
NewSoulImploaded Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my entry [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconconstancekeat:
ConstanceKeat Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, this is my entry [link] :wave:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your entry! You're in :)
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:iconfractaleuphoria:
FractalEuphoria Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I felt inspired last night and made a fractal right away. Here you go! :D :thumb299662650: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Thanks for entering :hug:!
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:iconmikey1964:
mikey1964 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Thumb not working so here's the link :) [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect! It works now. Thank you :D
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:iconmikey1964:
mikey1964 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Congrats to the winners!

Here's my entry for this month :thumb299623090:

Good luck all :)
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:iconbeautifulchaos1:
beautifulchaos1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thank you Alice! It's such an honor to be in the top three, you had some fabulous entries!
I gave the new challenge a test run today and it looks like I will have to retrain myself, I keep going for that coloring Algorithm. I will give it my best shot.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's meant to be challenging, otherwise it wouldn't be a "challenge" at all, right? =P
Give it your best. You're up for some wonderful stuff, I'm sure of it!
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:iconbeautifulchaos1:
beautifulchaos1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Also, congratulations to the other winners!
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:iconfractaleuphoria:
FractalEuphoria Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :party: :glomp:
The new challenge sounds tricky, but I'll see if I have time to make something in between all my exams :D
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime. :lol:
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   General Artist
Thanks for the feature:love: And I love the next challenge, great idea!!! :aww:
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