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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 1, 2014, 3:47 AM
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:bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletwhite: IMPORTANT NOTICE :bulletwhite: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue:

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll this month! For those of you who missed it, it was a poll about whether or not my fractal challenges should have their own group.

For the time being, I have decided to NOT create one, even though the majority of the votes was "Yes". Why? Because we still had "only" 19 votes for Yes, and I honestly don't want to make another group for 19 people. It feels like it would be... redundant.
However, this doesn't mean I've given up on the group idea altogether! If the challenges grow, and more and more participants come, I will certainly poll again and who knows, maybe next time the outcome will be different. For the time being, though, we'll just keep on trucking the same way we always have.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, your vote is important to me (no matter what you vote for)! I hope this decision does not meet with anyone's discontent and that you can understand my reasons.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled challenge...


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. 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
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 28 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 27 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 26 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 25 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 24 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 June 2014 challenge, and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if your fractals haven't been picked. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)

The winner of the Formula challenge is miincdesign with Trail Leading Nowhere:

Trail Leading Nowhere ~ Parameters by miincdesign

A wonderful exploitation of the tesselations, which gives a very detailed fractal - one could easily get lost watching the tiny, never-ending shapes that iterate themselves at infinitely smaller scales.

The winner of the Theme challenge is Gerda1946 with Galaxy:

Jun14 - Galaxy by Gerda1946

Both colours and shapes are beyond stunning! The overall effect of this artwork is that of carrying the viewer into a far out open space, with thousands of stars in between.

The winner of the Style challenge is zisgul with Silver and Gold:

Silver and Gold by zisgul

The simplicity of the background makes the metallic glows stand out a lot, focusing the attention on the central part of the fractal, with the bigger gems. This fractal looks like it was forged by a goldsmith himself!

The winner of the Other challenge is jim373 with Cold as Ice:

Cold As Ice by jim373

Blue and purple are definitely a winning pair, and this fractal really shows it! It emanates a feeling of coldness and seems like crystalline, full of gems and frozen butterflies flapping their wings.

All other entrants deserve a feature just the same, so here they are for you to see!

Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 2 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 3 by Gerda1946 Equilateral Triangle Spirilated by Ampelosa color trace by innac Brass Work by zisgul Jun14 Metal1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Metal2 by Gerda1946 Black Gold by jim373 Blue, Blue by zisgul Jun14 Dyed in Blue 1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Dyed in Blue 2 by Gerda1946 Fragment from Vicina by Ampelosa

We're done for June. On to July!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #42: July 2014

July's Formula challenge will be the Power to the Pixels challenge!
All fractals entering this challenge must use a Pixel formula on ALL layers, as the fractal formula. Any colouring algorithm is allowed. Examples of allowed formulas are: Pixel in mt.ufm, Pixel (jp) in jp.ufm, the many Pixel variants in sss2.ufm, and so on. Anything with Pixel in its name is viable.

July's Theme challenge will be the The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything challenge!
In honour of our 42nd challenge, the Theme entrants this month will have to represent what they feel is the meaning of life through a fractal. It can be anything, from finding happiness to a warm cup of coffee - it's the ability to successfully represent what you have in mind that counts! That being said, creative meanings of life will also be welcome with open arms.

July's Style challenge will be the Still Life challenge!
This challenge is about representing any still life picture with fractals. It can be anything from inanimated objects to fruits, souvenirs, books, and so on. There is no limit to your imagination, so long as you make it figurative enough for it to be recognisable as a still life picture.

July's Other challenge will be the Negative Values challenge!
For this challenge, you are only allowed negative values of numeric parameters in each fractal formula and colouring algorithm. E.g. if you have a dropdown function that lets you chooose between sin, cos, tan, and other mathematical functions like that, you can select whichever you choose; however, if you are tweaking the "sin amplitude" parameter, which is a real number, you can only use values below zero!

Remember: to enter each challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal, and specify which challenge you are entering the fractal in. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION!

Please spread the word by advertising this news article - we definitely want more participants. The more, the merrier!

This challenge's deadline is July 31st, 2014. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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InannaQ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello all i hope you all had a good Thanksgiving for  those  that  live in the  USA  :)
InkCircles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
The mere fact this group exists makes my heart happy.
I-Am-Lady-Timeless Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very sorry. I edited the initial FRACTAL MANIPULATION CONTEST journal in my stash which for some reason wasn't working right! It couldn't possibly had been the

Here's the correct link [link]

I will update my comments to the other groups as well!

I hope you'll participate and help spread the word!

Many Hugs! ~Kitty!!
remixedcat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
still think the name is funny
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
remixedcat Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Flockling Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for requesting one of my art works. It's truly an honor. =) :hug:
quasihedron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx for the fave on "Bubbled-Fern"! :D
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fractal1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I think this is one of the most original groups I belong to. I love its whole concept! Although in reality I may not be the world's most accomplished housewife, my fractals are always shiny and free of plant lice! :laughing:

I've been enjoying the fractals which this group has sent me. I don't remember seeing any of the ones I submitted, though. This may just be an oversight due to my tiredness. (Too much housework! :lol:) Is everything working as it should? They are in the folders, so that part is okay. I'll keep watching.
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