- The contest is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
You don't have to subscribe to a mailing list. You don't
have to read a newsgroup. You just need to make some
- Each participant may submit up to three images.
You don't have to submit them all at once; you can submit
one, then wait a few weeks and submit another, if you
- Each submitted image can be entered into two judging
categories. All images will be considered for the "best overall"
category and this does not count as one of the two. (See below
for a list of categories.)
- You can use whatever fractal software you like to produce
your submissions. You can use image editing software as
well, but read this statement about
post-processing before you go wild. We're looking for
your ability to work with fractals, not an image editor.
- You don't have to title your submissions, but it
certainly helps. Note that we mean simply that your entry
have a name; it would most likely best that you not
embed the name in the submitted image.
- Please do not add your name to the image. Artists' names
will be withheld until the contest is over, to prevent
voting based on artists' reputations. If you are concerned
about copyright, this is the
notice for the contest web site. After the contest is over,
names and appropriate copyright notices will be added to
all contest image pages.
- If possible, we'd like for you to include the parameters
used to generate the image, along with the name and version
of the software you've used. Any parameters submitted with
a contest entry will be held until the voting period begins.
Parameters will be distributed to voters so they don't have
to download the images.
- We'd like for you to submit images created specifically for
this contest. Images which have previously had their parameters
posted, or which have been displayed on the artist's web page,
are not eligible.
- Submissions should be 640x480 images (480x640 for portrait
orientation). Square images should be 512x512. If your image
does not fit into these proportions, you should ask us for the
best size. If your fractal software does not automatically
anti-alias, you will probably want to render at a larger size,
then shrink the image to submission size. (For more help on
anti-aliasing, read this.)
- You should submit your images to us in GIF or JPEG format,
as an attachment to an e-mail message, sent to
Please remember to include your name, which two categories to
enter the image into, and any parameter files that you wish to
include with the image.
- The contest opens July 19, 1998. The contest closes at 10:00
PM PDT, September 5, 1998. No submissions will be accepted
beyond these times.
- Beginning September 6, 1998, all visitors to the contest
web site are invited to vote on the best fractal in each category,
and for the best "overall" fractal. Please do not vote
before that time, your vote will be cheerfully ignored.
- Voters should select one image in each category as
the "best". Please do not skip categories! If you submitted
an image in that category, you may vote for it if you wish.
- Voters are strongly encouraged to include short
explanations of their choices. This feedback, without the voters'
names, will be sent to the artists and is a primary reason
for having the contest. With the artists' permission, the
feedback (still anonymous) will also be posted here on this
- Voters will be able to download parameter sets and a
"construction kit" that will let them create the fractals
submitted at whatever resolution they desire. Note that this
will only be possible for images with parameters supplied by
the artist. Details on the construction kit will be posted
here when the judging phase begins.
- Votes will be sent via e-mail. Each person will only be
permitted to vote once.
- Votes should be sent to
- Voting closes at 10:00 PM PDT, September 27, 1998. No votes
will be accepted after that time.
- There are no prizes, besides glory, fame, and the respect
of your peers.
:-) This is about having fun.
- OK, we lied, there is one prize: animated logos that the
winners will get to put on their web sites. Sharon
Webb has designed these graphics for us; they are displayed
on the awards page.