Contest Rules


Every four years the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) meets to discuss mathematics and to present Fields medals. For the 2006 ICM, which is being held in Madrid in August, new events are being added, including a fractal art exhibit. The purpose of the ICM 2006 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest is to select some of the artwork for display in this exhibit. Other artwork to be included in the exhibition will be from invited artists. These rules do not cover the invitation process, only the contest.

This contest and exhibition have been made possible by our sponsors.


1. Process Overview

1.1. During the entry phase of the process, artists will submit their images to the selection panel, who will review all artwork. The panel will then choose artwork for the exhibition. Selected artists will then provide high-resolution versions of the artwork, which will then be printed, framed, and displayed at ICM 2006. All entries (whether selected for exhibition or not) will also be displayed on the contest web site. The selection panel is composed of fractal experts, prestigious fractal artists, and members of the ICM Madrid 2006 and FECYT.

2. Participation

2.1. Eligibility: Anyone may submit their own artwork to the contest, except selection panel members and their immediate families. (See below for a list of selection panel members.)

2.2. Personal Information: Entrants must provide their full name, mailing address, and email address in order to participate. (Email addresses will not be used except to send information about the contest. They will not be sold or given to any third party.)

3. Entries

3.1. Quantity: Each entrant may submit up to three (3) images to the contest.

3.2. Size: Submitted images should be sized so that the largest dimension is 1600 pixels. Examples of acceptable sizes are 1600x800, 1600x1600, and 1200x1600. Images whose largest dimension is less than 1600 may still be entered, however it will be harder for the selection panel to review the artwork, and ultimately the images will need to be provided in high-resolution form if they are selected anyway. It is therefore to entrants’ advantage to provide the images in as large a format as possible (within the 1600-pixel restriction). Artwork will be reduced in size only for display on the web site; the selection panel will review the full image provided by the entrant.

3.3. Format: Images should be submitted in RGB JPEG format. Entrants should take care not to over-compress the images—entries should be reviewed by the submitter to be sure the appearance of their JPEG files is acceptable. PNG, TIFF, BMP, and GIF files will not be accepted at this stage.

3.4. Delivery: Images should be submitted via the contest web site. (This form will be online by February 5, 2006.)

3.5. Watermarks: Submitted images may contain watermarks, title text, or copyright notices if the entrant wishes to include them. Entrants should be aware that heavy watermarking detracts from the work; we suggest that subtle works best. When including text, entrants should remember that although submitted images will be up to 1600 pixels, artwork displayed on the web site will be smaller, which may make text less readable.

3.6. Existing Works: New works do not have to be created for this contest. Existing works may also be submitted.

3.7. Copyrights: Entrants must submit only artwork for which they own the copyright. Submitting others’ work on their behalf is not permitted; submitting others’ work as one’s own is illegal in most countries (it is copyright infringement).

3.8. Licensing: By submitting images to the contest, entrants are granting a non-exclusive, perpetual license for the artwork to be displayed on the contest web site and, if selected, for a large-scale print of the artwork to be made and displayed in the exhibition. Ownership of the prints will remain with FECYT and it will from time to time be displayed at other venues after ICM 2006. Artists should take care when submitting existing work that the license granted to the contest does not conflict with previous licenses for the artwork. If a conflict is found at a later date, the artwork will be withdrawn from the contest and the artist agrees to reimburse the contest for printing cost, if the artwork has already been selected and printed; the artist also agrees to indemnify the contest against any damages resulting from conflicting licenses.

3.9. Content: Artwork may be submitted that is created with any tools, software or hardware. Artists should remember that this is not just an art contest, but a fractal art contest. Entries should also not contain grossly offensive or blatantly pornographic material; such entries may be refused (and not displayed on the contest web site).

3.10. Dates: Entries will be accepted between February 1, 2006 and May 1, 2006.

4. Selection

4.1. Quantity: The selection panel will select at minimum twenty (20) works for inclusion in the exhibition. They will do so based on their own criteria and their own judgment as to the quality of the work.

4.2. Artwork Information: The selection panel may ask the artist for more information about the artwork, either background information or technical information.

4.3. Announcement: Final choices of the selection panel will be announced to the entrants and on the contest web site during May 2006.

5. Selected Artwork

5.1. Size: Artwork that is selected must then be provided in high-resolution format, sized so that the largest dimension is 8000 pixels. If a high-resolution version of the artwork cannot be produced, it should not be entered. Some images may be selected for printing at even larger size (12000 pixels in the largest dimension) so entrants would do well to be aware of the size requirements.

5.2. Format: High-quality RGB JPEG files, RGB TIFF files, or PNG files will be accepted for selected artwork. JPEG files with minimal compression are preferred.

5.3. Delivery: High-resolution files may be provided via the contest web site or sent by mail on CD or DVD (an address will be provided if that need arises). Mailed materials will not be returned.

5.4. Additional Information: Selected artists must provide a brief artist’s statement about the artwork and a short (one paragraph) bio of themselves.

5.5. Dates: High-resolution files for selected artwork must be received by contest staff by June 1, 2006.

6. Selection Panel Members

Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Honorary President
José Manuel Abad, Linda Allison, Javier Barrallo, Antonio Durán, Sylvie Gallet, Antonio Giraldo, Raúl Ibáñez, Damien Jones, Klaus-Peter Kubik, Manuel de León, Kerry Mitchell, Samuel Monnier, Janet Parke, Antonio Pérez, Etienne Saint-Amant, María Asunción Sastre, Frederik Slijkerman, Mark Townsend