9th Annual Fractal Art Competition 2016


Fractalforums.com is holding its “Annual Fractal Art Contest” for the 9th time in row in the year of 2016. Submission’s will be accepted through the end of May!

Prizes are, as every year, winning images printed on coffee cups.

Statement regarding voting system:
everything stays as it was in the year before, the total sum of gained stars in the voting process are the one and only thing relevant for the final outcome. We are aware that the process is not perfect. A voting system needs a whole rewriting of the whole process of the participating/voting for that where simply no resources available to create a voting/gallery system with a special voting system. Presumably the voting system will be changed at the 10th birthday of the competition, perhaps we will have found a sponsor by then as well…
Read below for a detailed description of current system.

The most important link for the compo comes first, the gallery is where everything takes place, uploading and voting. This is the link to the gallery section:

Official Sponsor for this years contest is (again) : NO ONE, everything related prize giving and prize sending is handled by the administrator alone, a very long delay has to be accepted for prize receiving, due to this only the first placed entries in each section will get a prize. But remember, being part of it is all that counts!

Time Schedule
– Submission Period begins on 1st of May at 00:00 Central European Time
– Submission Period ends on 31st of May at 23:59:59 Central European Time
– Voting Period begins on 1st of June at 00:00:00 Central European Time
– Voting Period ends on 30st of June at 23:59:59 Central European Time


*new, not obligatory*
Please sign your work, by placing the text “fractalforums.com Annual Fractal Art Contest 2016” inside your production you state crystal clear that you have produced it especially for the contest, and future viewers of the product will have a straight time location from when the product was produced. This was originally meant to be obligatory from the administrator but has been rejected by the admin people who thought that it would restrict artistic liberty too much, so make the admin happy and include it!

As every year, a contributor may enter up to 3 entries in each section of the competition, so every contributor may enter up to 9 total competition entries.

The Competition is (as always) split up into 3 sections, which are this year “Film”,”Still Frame Wildstyle” and as varying section we have this year the “Deep Exploration Mandelbrot” section.

It is desirable to publish “new” stuff in the contest, do not bore us with already known stuff. Anything already competing in another contest, or somehow already known to a wider public is unwanted. The administration team for the contest is not strictly excluding anything from the contest so it is up to you to either bore us to death or come up with inspiring new work. It would be to hard to verify every entry by hand, so nothing will be disqualified, but keep in mind that something already known wont get too much votes …

The whole voting and submission is done in the gallery. This year – for the first time – video submission are submitted by using the “Enter Video” feature of the current gallery, most of popular video hosting sites are included.

Remark about the voting System
The winner is determined by the total sum of stars. Which means that a single 5 star vote can not outnumber  for example an entry with two 3 star ratings. Although there was an effort to introduce a new voting counting system, it will stay this way for this year – and presumably until 10th anniversary of the contest.

Remark about Time Schedule
Time scheduling caused confusion, due to contestants spread over the whole world, each of the schedules is a “soft” schedule, especially the entry time. If you come up with your entry half a day late ( but no more than a day), it is perfectly fine. Consider that entries which are longer in the view of reviewers have a better impact, and that later entered entries might get overlooked.

Remark about Voting System I
During the time of the submission period and the voting period the display of view counts and current voting is globally disabled in the gallery.

Remark about Voting System  II
Each section will feature 2 winners, one by the most total counts, and one by the best average count.

Remark about Gallery File Sizes and Dimension
The hosting package for the website is now at maximum, the allowed image sizes have been increased immensely, now 5000×5000 pixels and a file size of 25 megabytes is now enabled for uploads

The Competition is split up into 3 sections:

Competition Sections
Still Frame Wildstyle
The still frame section allows submission of any image without any restrictions, photography, layering, post works, painting. Express your feelings through an image. Attenuate Details, make use of modern image editing software to get the most out of your image. Single Click and render images might not be enough to become even recognized this year! Let your mind flow to create something new!

Still Frame Wildstyle Gallery section

Deep Exploration Mandelbrot
This years third section is deep mandelbrot exploration. This section has 3 rules:
– Only pure mandelbrot, just escape time coloring, smoothing
– The location has to be shared within the image description
– Minimum zoom depth should be around 10^100

Deep Exploration Gallery section

in the film section (long) fractal videos are accepted. Let your creativity flow,
Use Voxel Stack exports to bring the Fractals into your favorite 3D Program. Use a camera tracker  to place Fractal Objects in real film recordings. Create a stunning soundtrack that is perfectly  synchronized to the film. Use Sound Syncing fractal rendering software that is nowadays available (jwildfire) Your creative mind might need an extension for this. This is the champions league of fractal art!

The film section now requires that you include the following text in the intro/outro of your production:
“Fractalforums.com Annual Fractal Art Competition 2016”
this is for specially recognizing it as competition entry.

include greetings as you like greeting other fractalists is a nice way showing we are alive

Film Gallery Section: