The winning students' fractals will be reproduced on buildings and billboards in Albuquerque, as illustrated in these examples.

Elementary, Middle School and High School students in New Mexico are invited to participate in the Fall 2007 New Mexico Fractal Challenge. The submission deadline is December 31, 2007.

The easiest way to participate is to have the Fractal Foundation come to your school and teach a whole class how to create fractal art using the free "Xaos" software.

Alternately, interested students can simply download the software and follow the Instructions to learn how to use the software to explore fractals. Then, please follow the submission guidelines below.

After the December 31st deadline, our Challenge Committee will meet and determine the winning three fractals in each age category. Fractal artwork will be judged on beauty, originality and interest. Prizes will consist of printed enlargements of the winning students' fractal artworks. We are currently seeking sponsors to fund the enlargement of the winning images on billboards or on the sides of buildings.

Please Contact Us to submit your fractal entry, or for more information about the New Mexico Fractal Challenge.

Submission Guidelines

      All fractal entries must be submitted electronically via email. You must send us both the fractal image AND the fractal parameters which will allow us to recreate the fractal at high resolution. The Xaos program has 2 save commands you must use to do this, both located in the "File" menu. The first, simply called "Save," will create a file such as "fractal1.xpf", where "xpf" stands for 'xaos parameter file'. The second, called "Save Image," will create a file such as "fractal1.png", which is an image file.
      Only one fractal may be submitted per person, so please choose your artwork carefully. When you have chosen your favorite, please name the files 'yourname'.xpf and 'yourname'.png and send both the files to:

By submitting your fractal to the New Mexico Fractal Challenge, you grant the Fractal Foundation permission to reproduce your artwork for promotional purposes. You will retain copyright to the work, and you will always be credited when your fractal is reproduced in our promotional material.