Fractal-Art 2000 Contest

Participation
Anyone may submit entries. You don't have to use any particular software, you don't have to read any particular newsgroup or mailing list... you just need to make fractals.

Categories
1.   Still images must be entered into one of the following categories:

Nature

Artifice

Scene

Interpretation

Abstract

Limited Color

Classical Minibrot

  Animations must be entered into the Movement category. Some categories require additional entry information; see the descriptions for details.
2.   Every still image will also be considered for all of the following categories:

Best Use of Color

Best Use of Lighting

Best Use of Texture

Best Still Image

3.   If the contest officials deem an image to be entered into an inappropriate category, it will be returned to the artist with an explanation. The artist may either resubmit the same image into a different category, or enter a different image entirely.

Submissions
4.   Each person may submit up to three images and three animations.
5.   Any fractal software may be used, and any image editing software may be used to post-process the images (but see this note).
6.   Titles for images are strongly encouraged, but do not embed the text in the image itself. Your image will be labelled in the web page.
7.   Images must not include the artist's name. Names will be revealed for all entries only after the voting period. Artists should refrain from identifying their entries until the voting results are displayed.
8.   Additional information describing how the image was made may be provided; this will be shown along with the image after the voting period. This information must be fifty words or less. This text will not be translated.
9.   Parameters and formulas for images are welcome. They will be posted after the voting results are displayed. For FractInt, please include the formula. For Ultra Fractal, please make sure the formulas are available in the formula database. For other programs, please include all the necessary material to render the files. We will not verify submitted parameters; it is up to the entrant to make sure they work.
10.   Images previously published on a web site, newsgroup, or mailing list are not eligible. Entries should also not be posted to a web site, newsgroup, or mailing list prior to voting results being displayed.
11.   Still images should be 640x480, 554x554, or 480x640. Other sizes are acceptable as long as neither the width not height exceeds 640, and the product of width and height does not exceed 307,200. Anti-aliasing of images is strongly encouraged. Still images may be submitted in GIF, PNG, or JPEG format; JPEG format is preferred. PNG images will be converted to JPEG for display on the web site.
12.   Animation entries have the same size restrictions as still images. There is no byte limit, but please be considerate of viewer download times. GIF, AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Flash, and Java animations will be accepted. Flash and Java animations may not be interactive; they must run on their own without user input.
13.   Entries will be accepted via the web interface from September 3, 2000 to 9PM PDT, September 24, 2000. Submissions via e-mail will be accepted through September 17, 2000. While contest volunteers will try to have all e-mail submissions approved before the end of the submissions period, we do not guarantee that last-minute e-mail entries will be accepted into the contest. Please use the web interface, it helps us out enormously!

Voting
14.   Beginning January 1, 2001, all entries will be displayed on the contest web site. Entries will be displayed alphabetically by title.
15.   All visitors to the contest web site are encouraged to vote once the images are on display. (That is, you do not have to enter in order to vote.)
16.   We suggest that voters view all contest images at full size before casting votes, as thumbnails do not accurately convey the detail in fractal images. Thumbnails are provided as a navigational aid, not as a substitute for viewing the images.
17.   Within each category, voters must select a first-, second-, and third-place image before the vote is counted for that category. Votes cast in the overall still image categories do not have to be for images already voted for within their specific category.
18.   Voters may vote in as many or as few categories as they wish; however, votes must be cast in all of the individual still image categories before votes may be cast in any of the overall still image categories.
19.   Artists may vote for their own entries if they wish. If an artist does not feel they can properly judge their own entries against other images, we suggest that the artist not vote for their own images.
20.   Final rankings in each category will be based on a point system. A first-place vote is worth three points; a second-place vote, two points; and a third-place vote, one point.
21.   Each person is permitted to vote only once. To make things easier for the contest volunteers, please collect all of your votes into a single message.
22.   Voting begins when the images are displayed on the web site, and closes at 9PM PDT, January 31, 2001. Absolutely no votes will be accepted outside those times. This gives viewers four weeks to view all the images and cast votes.
23.   Following the voting period, after all the votes have been counted, the results will be posted to the contest web site and e-mailed to each entrant.

Technical Achievement
24.   Each still image or animation entered into the contest will also be considered for a Technical Achievement award. This award will be given for works considered difficult to achieve with fractal software, because of limitations in software, difficult mathematics, new or original ground-breaking techniques, or other technical challenges.
25.   These awards will be given by a panel of respected and knowledgable fractal artists and programmers. The names of panel members will be posted as soon as it is finalized.
26.   The precise number and requirements for these awards will be determined solely by the panel. They will decide amongst themselves how best to reward artists for exceptional effort.
27.   Following the voting period, the panel will announce their choices and those results will be posted along with the popular votes.

CD-ROM
28.   All artists, by submitting images or animations to the contest, consent to have their images included on the CD-ROM.
29.   The intent of this CD-ROM is not to make a profit, but to aid in voting. (The contest site is huge and can take a long time online to view; having it on CD makes it very easy to view whenever it's convenient.) Thus the CD will be sold at minimal cost, to cover the expenses of producing, duplicating, and shipping.
30.   CD-ROMs may be ordered through January 15, 2001. The cost is $7 (to the US) and $10 (elsewhere). CD-ROMs will be shipped as they are ready.

Copyright
31.   All Artists, by submitting images or animations to the contest, consent to their images being displayed on the contest web site in both full-size and thumbnail forms.
32.   Artists retain full copyrights on their work. Being shown on the contest site does not restrict the artist from selling, licensing, or otherwise profiting from their work.
33.   No attempt to sell the images, outside of the limited-edition CD, will be made, not even to promote the contest.
34.   Inquiries regarding re-use of contest images will be forwarded to the artists.

Awards
35.   The only prizes are graphic awards which may be placed on the winners' web sites. First-place winners may use the first-place graphic; second-place winners, the second-place graphic; third-place winners may use the third-place graphic. All contest participants may use the participation button.
36.   Contest winners using the award graphics should upload the award images to their own site, and not link directly to them on the contest site.

Note About Post-Processing
As far as the rules are concerned, the only requirement for submitted images is that they are primarily composed of fractal elements. That is because although this is an art contest, it's also a fractal art contest. One of the limitations fractal artists accept is that the medium—visual representations of mathematical formulas—imposes some restrictions on the creative process. Producing beautiful images despite the restriction is part of the challenge and beauty of fractals.

If you choose to process your image, that is OK as far as the rules are concerned. But you should keep in mind that the more obviously you alter the image, the less pleasing it is likely to be to some of those who vote. The key word you should remember is enhance. We're not really interested in who can apply the most complex filter combinations in Photoshop to produce something barely recognizable as a fractal. We're interested in great fractal pictures.

As a guideline (and this is only a suggestion, not a rule) you should stick to processes and alterations which are performed on the entire fractal image, and which use the fractal image as part of the process.

Category Descriptions
This year's categories are, mostly, very broad. Any image might fit in several categories. It is up to the artist to choose the category they feel best fits their image.

Nature

This includes organic shapes, creatures, plants, natural formations of rocks or minerals, any image that suggests things created naturally and not by man.

Artifice

The opposite of Nature. Any image suggesting man-made items. Mechanical, structural, anything created by man and not just naturally formed.

Scene

Any image which attempts to depict a scene. This may be a 3D image, or a 2D image giving the impression of a scene. It may be a landscape, space scene, even a city scene.

Interpretation

An image which "interprets" something. An emotion, a quote, a movie or title, perhaps a scene from a classical story or play. Whimsy, passion, even apathy. Note: To enter an image into this category, entrants must specify what they are interpreting.

Abstract

Anything which is not directly representative of anything is a candidate for this category. Note that while most fractal art can be considered abstract, we want to encourage entrants to consider other categories, as large numbers of images will probably be placed in the Abstract category.

Limited Color

Images in this category are restricted to one hue. That means you may have black, white, shades of grey, and shades of a single color. Note: we verify with an image editing program that entries in this category are a single hue. Entries that are not must be entered into a different category.

Classical Minibrot

Images in this category must feature a complete minibrot somewhere. That is, a miniature version of the classical z²+c Mandelbrot set shape. Many formulas display this shape, it is the shape that is the requirement and not the formula used to produce it. This is our tribute to the roots of fractal art. Note: images in this category must have the minibrot shape, but images with such shapes do not have to be placed in this category.

Movement

This category is for animations. We accept animations in a variety of formats, but they must be non-interactive. (That is, they must run on their own without human intervention or input.)

Best Use of Color

This doesn't mean which still image has the most gorgeous colors... it means which still image made the best use of the color to make that image work.

Best Use of Lighting

As with the previous category, this means whichever still image made the best use of light and dark to make it work. Best Use of Texture

This means whichever still image made the best use of texturing to make that image work.

Best Still Image

This is just the best overall still image.

 
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