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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. 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
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 32 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 March 2015 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 Klytia70 with Golden Wheels:

Golden wheels by Klytia70

Incredibly well done under every single aspect! The golden colours really gleam, and the dark green background is perfect to make them stand out even more. The overall structure is balanced and exquisitely symmetrical, and shows great mastery over the Barnsley structures!

The winner of the Theme challenge is Gerda1946 with Awakening:

Redux Mrt15 Awakening by Gerda1946

A stunning piece in its own right, with a faint, delicate background and a sudden outburst of energy coming straight from the depths of the horizon, like a second sun coming to a glorious dawn. Powerful vision, and excellent rendition to boot! Great job!

The winner of the Other challenge is Olbaid-ST with First Rainbow:

Mandelbrot 119 - First Rainbow - by Olbaid-ST

A truly shocking display of just how much the simple Mandelbrot shape can achieve. This minibrot has such an intricate structure around it, seemingly divided into countless, iridescent 3D scales, all of which give a strong impression of dimensionality to the viewer. One could get lost staring it, for how beautiful it is.

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

All Barnsley in Google Maps by Fractalisa Redux Mrt15 Barnsley 1 by Gerda1946 Redux Mrt15 Barnsley 2 by Gerda1946 Fun Barnsley by Klytia70 Where are the bees? by zisgul Song for a Fifth Child by Ampelosa Redux Mrt15 Barnsley 3 by Gerda1946 UF-Chall 50 - Barnsley by Lupsiberg Hidden Barnsley by miincdesign Barnsley Floral Breeze by roup14 Barnsley Unplugged by beautifulchaos1 150306-01 by blipbl0p 150306-02 by blipbl0p floating by innac blooming in pink by innac BarnsleyTechno Round by Fractalisa BarnsleyTechno by Fractalisa Barnsley Fun by Fractalisa Goodmorning by Fractalisa Redux Mrt15 Awakening 2 by Gerda1946 Awakening Daffodils by Ampelosa Awakening of the Grouch by Ampelosa Lakeside Awakening by Ampelosa New Day Spirit by Fractalisa RainbowAnts by Fractalisa Barnsley's Rainbow by zisgul Redux Mrt15 Look for me in rainbows by Gerda1946 Redux Mrt15 Rainbow2 by Gerda1946 Hesperian Carpet by Ampelosa Redux Mrt15 Rainbow3 by Gerda1946 UF-Chall 50 - Colours of the Rainbow by Lupsiberg Rainbowpieces by Fractalisa Angel with an Eight Point Star by Ampelosa Aubade After the Rain by Ampelosa Window to a Rainbow Landscape by Ampelosa Meandering Spirals by Fractalisa

We're done for March. On to April!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #51: April 2015

April's Formula challenge will be the No Traps challenge!
Instead of imposing a formula to use, this challenge focuses on formulas to NOT use, specifically any formula with "Trap" in its name. This also includes variants of Doodads, Thingamajigs, and similar algorithms. You can use Mandelbrot and Julia all you like, of course; the most important thing is exploration. Make something good without the "classic" fractal colouring algorithms!

April's Theme challenge will be the Question Mark challenge!
This month's theme is questions. Whether simple ones (e.g. "What should I make for dinner today?"), or deeper issues concerning individuals ("Who am I?") and/or humanity in its whole... and those are just some of the examples! Your fractals should convey the feeling of asking a question - to yourself, to someone specific, to your watchers, whomever you want. No restrictions otherwise.

April's Style challenge will be the Contrast challenge!
In this challenge, the aim is to create a pleasant-looking fractal with high contrast. This should be preferably done through opposite colour pairs (blue and orange, red and green, or yellow and purple) but can be managed with black and white as well. You are also NOT limited to only using the two opposite colours, though you are advised to, in the spirit of the challenge. Make them sparkle, make them shine!

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 April 30th, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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We are the Extraordinaire League of Fractal Housewives. Here you can come for your daily dosage of cackling, knitting, tips on how to get beautiful geraniums, window polishing and of course, fractals.

And of course, meet your fellow cacklers in #Aposhack

Happy fractaling :la:
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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.
Sublime-Feline 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
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
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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