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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. 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
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 31 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 January 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 CoffeeToffeeSquirrel with Children's Creche:

Children's Creche by CoffeeToffeeSquirrel

Seemingly childish and humorous, this fractal pairs the dark blue areas really well with the overwhelming clear light coming from all angles! The title is very fitting, and the exploitation of the SFBM shapes works really well within the context of this design.

The winner of the Theme challenge is timemit with Crystal Shards:

Crystal Pains by timemit

There could not possibly be a better representation of the harshness of winter: the dirty white shapes pierce through the screen like frozen blades, stretching out with the dead, broken tree branches. The imagery is incredibly powerful and stunning; a true wintry masterpiece.

The winner of the Style challenge is devgnoll with 150114-01a2:

150114-01a2 by devgnoll

A very mysterious, shady fractal, clad in a tight repetition of tarnished squares - as if they were all chasing after something in the distance. The colours are rusty and just about right for the Cubist spirit of the artwork, and the feeling it gives to the viewer is fitting and unique!

There were plenty of other contenders for first place, and each of them deserves a mention here. Please look at them!

Vortex of the Boreal Wind by Ampelosa Orquestra Jibara by Ampelosa Jan15 Redux SFBM 1 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux SFBM 3 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux SFBM 2 by Gerda1946 SFBM II by miincdesign 150114-01 by blipbl0p UF-Chall 48 - S.F.B.M. by Lupsiberg 150116-01a5 by devgnoll Folded Baby Quilts by Ampelosa Rising Sun by ConstanceKeat S.F.B.M. 3 by Fractalisa Jan15 Redux Winter 1 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux Winter 2 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux Winter 3 by Gerda1946 Late Winter Snowflake by miincdesign UF-Chall 48 - Ice Crystals by Lupsiberg Wintertree by Fractalisa Ice Balls spiral by roup14 Jan15 Redux Cubist Comeback 1 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux Cubist Comeback 2 by Gerda1946 Jan15 Redux Cubist Comeback 3 by Gerda1946 1908 Three Women by Ampelosa Line and Cube Producer by miincdesign Slipping Again by miincdesign Naturaleza Muerta con Ostras by Ampelosa Cross cubist by roup14 150116-01b2 by blipbl0p Cubist Spiral by roup14 UF-Chall 48 - Cubist Comeback by Lupsiberg Sunset by ConstanceKeat Kubistische Stad2 by Fractalisa

We're done for January. On to February!

Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux

Challenge #49: February 2015

February's Formula challenge will be the Phoenix Nova challenge!
In this challenge, you'll have to make a fractal which uses any of the Phoenix Nova fractal formulas in dmj.ufm (only this formula group is allowed, even dmj3.ufm is banned). You are free to choose whichever one(s) you like, and you may mix them up if you wish - for example, you can have a layer with a Mandelbrot Nova and a layer with a Julia nova if you so choose. Colouring algorithms are free for all, but NO mappings are allowed.

February's Theme challenge will be the Valentine Sweetheart challenge!
With the upcoming celebration of Valentine's day, what better way is there to dedicate this challenge to loved ones? That's exactly what the theme of the February challenge is! Show the love in whichever way you deem fit. It doesn't have to be hearts and flowers, either; originality is more than appreciated, and should you feel creative with your representation of love, by all means go ahead and show us what you've got!

February's Style challenge will be the Gnarltastic challenge!
This challenge is meant for people who love gnarls, as the name suggests. Whether you achieve the effect with a fractal formula, colouring algorithm, or even mapping, is entirely up to you; so long as the gnarl shape is visible, your fractal will qualify. No other restrictions, and as usual, have fun!

No Other challenge this month, though there may be more on occasion - they will be kept as "extras" for whenever I have some neat ideas to propose to all of you fractalists. Thank you very much for the feedback you gave in the previous journal!

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 February 28th, 2015. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:
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Ailaenii Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apophysis 2 is full.
TropicalCreations Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mandelbulb 3d folder is full! 
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wish I could do something about it, but Liuanta is the only one who can :(
eReSaW Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
please open an new folder for Apophysis !!
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish, Liuanta is the only one who can and she's not around :(
jim373 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014   Digital Artist
The Ultra Fractal folder is also full. :shrug:
M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I wish the group a

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!Neujahr62 by M-i-t-c-h-e-l
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooops - same topic as Anna I guess, new folders needed for Apo, mandelbulb (and probably few others), hope she comes back to dA soon ;) :hug:ss
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014   General Artist
What's up with creating new folders?  Mandelbulb, Apophysis et.?  No notifications seem to be seen or attended to?
heavenriver Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only person that CAN create new folders, Liuanta, has been away from dA for a while.
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