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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. 41 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 40 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 39 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 38 by heavenriver
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


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 December 2012 challenge, themed "Muse", 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 rsidwell with Gnarls of Spring:

Gnarls of Spring by rsidwell

A vivacious green forest of gnarls in perpetual motion, with bolts of yellowish orange in between, make up for a really impressive visual effect which is perfectly reminiscent of Stravinsky's musical style. A very original interpretation of the challenge with a great graphical outcome.


Second place goes to FractalEyes with We Three Kings:

We Three Kings by FractalEyes

Her interpretation of her muse, fractek, is simply astounding - pastel tones and warm colours blend in wonderfully together, providing characterisation to an exquisite geometric abstract, which is much in the style of whom she deemed to be her own inspiration!


Third place goes to adrymeijer with Spiegel im Spiegel:

Spiegel im Spiegel by adrymeijer

Cold and chilly, this composition has a shape that reminds of an organ, which is very appropriate considering the artist chose a musical muse (:lmao:). It represents sacred music really well, espeically with its majestic pseudo-symmetry.


And as always, here are the other challenge entrants!

A glorious new day by Gerda1946 Cubism by GrannyOgg

We're done for December. Year 2012 has been a very productive year, fractal-wise. Now, to January 2013 and onwards!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #24: January 2013



January's challenge will be a Formula challenge - its title being 2013 All Star!

As expected from this month, our goal will be to make a 2013-inspired fractal. The rule for this challenge is single and simple: you may only use the fractal formula called Carr 2013 and located in carr2000.ufm!
There's no restriction as to which colouring algorithms and mappings you can use. Give it your best shot and show us what you've got! Let's start this 2013 with a creative sprint! :nod:

Have some new year fractal eye treats in the meantime!

New Year For Peace by magnusti78 Lunar New Year by Kiug Jubilee by heavenriver Happy New Year by Jimpan1973 Happy New Year 2010 by Jenna-Rose Happy New Year 2009 by Shadoweddancer Happy New Year by Kancano New Years Bloom by rueD Happy New Year by Brigitte-Fredensborg Happy New Year by pinkal09 Happy New Years to All by wolfepaw Happy New Year 2013 by GrannyOgg Happy 2010 by SjerZ New Year Celebration by Velvet--Glove

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 January 31st, 2013. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
24th edition of our monthly UF challenges: that makes it two full years for us! Enjoy some fractal eye candy and join us for the very first challenge of 2013!
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:iconmagnusti78:
magnusti78 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature and sorry for the late reply, been gone from dA for quite a while! :love:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Glad to see you back :hug:
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:iconjenna-rose:
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature! :aww:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconinnac:
innac Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
My first participation in Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux
Vol.24 entry: [link], :thumb350469612:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :nod:
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:iconrsidwell:
rsidwell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist
My entry: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :aww:
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:iconflaming-butterflies:
flaming-butterflies Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry [link] :thumb349317343: :D
Thank you for the opportunity, without your challenge I'd never even touched this formula, I think ;)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for participating! :aww:
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:iconjucarbi:
jucarbi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Here is my submission: [link]
Thumb::thumb349074665:

(Don't know why it is "1" as I titled it "'Tis Astral". Such are the vagaries of alternate reality!)
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:iconrsidwell:
rsidwell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist
You can re-title it if you want. Just Edit it and change the title from "1" to something else, then scroll down and click Update. The old link will still work even though it has the "1" in it; DA uses the "349074665" in the link, not the title.
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:iconjucarbi:
jucarbi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thanks. I have done so. I was unsure about the link but you assured me!:thumbsup:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :aww:
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:iconfardareismai:
FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
[link] My entry. This one was hard; that formula is obnoxious. :lmao:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, everyone pretty much agrees with you there. :lmao: Thanks for entering!
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Here's my contribution for the Jan 2013 Carr 2013 challenge: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconwolfepaw:
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for including one of my fractals as one of the "New Year fractal eye treats"! I really appreciate it! :iconpounceglomp:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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:iconcoffeetoffeesquirrel:
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   General Artist
Mah entry :la:

[link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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:iconm-l-griffith:
M-L-Griffith Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the opportunity! Here is my submission. :)
[link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :nod:
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Hello,

Very challenging, thank you! Here is my entry : :thumb347665757: [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, everyone says I've been mean this month :XD:
Thanks! :D
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It wouldn't be called a challenge if it didn't challenge us. I had alot of fun :D
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:icongrannyogg:
GrannyOgg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's another one, just like the other one (Not) [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for entering! :hug:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my entry! [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :nod:
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:icongerda1946:
Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :D
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beautifulchaos1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Here is my entry [link]
Thanks for pushing us Alice, it's good to step outside our comfort zone.
It was a tough one, I burned it up so we won't ever have to do it again. :)
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry I made everyone go crazy about what to fractal this time around ^^;
Still, thanks a lot for entering! :hug:
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:iconfractaleyes:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:shakefish: :bleh:

My entry for the worst formula ever challenge - [link] :thumb347423124:
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:iconbeautifulchaos1:
beautifulchaos1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
:laughing:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :XD: Also, it came out rather well :nod:
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:iconadrymeijer:
adrymeijer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Here is my submission for the monthly Challenge Redux Vol. 24 [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
happy new year all :) .. here you go [link] :thumb347043417:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Tim! :D
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
kk :)
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:iconludifico:
Ludifico Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
My submission to vol. 24 [link]
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :nod:
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:iconludifico:
Ludifico Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
it's my first time :la:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having new folks around is always great. :eager:
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:iconjimpan1973:
Jimpan1973 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My submission to 2013 All Star. [link] :thumb346548701:
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:iconfractaleyes:
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jimmie, would you please wait until closer to the deadline to submit your fractal. Your entry is fantabulous (as always) and I knew I could never come up with anything 1/10th as good.
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:iconjimpan1973:
Jimpan1973 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's not that good. I love what you came up with for the challenge. But this formula is a nasty one. I don't like the darker part in my image. They sort of ruin the nice details in my opinion. But the formula wouldn't obey this time.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for entering! :D
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