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Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!

Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!
Posted by DPLA on November 18, 2014 in News & Blog, Projects.

It’s been a little over a month since we launched GIF IT UP, an international competition to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via DPLA and DigitalNZ. Since then we’ve received dozens of wonderful submissions from all over the world, all viewable in the competition gallery.

The winners of GIF IT UP will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. Haven’t submitted an entry yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Submit a GIF!


About GIF IT UP

(animated gif) The still images used in this GIF come from Eadweard Muybridge's

Cat Galloping (1887). The still images used in this GIF come from Eadweard Muybridge’s “Animal locomotion: an electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements” (1872-1885). Courtesy USC Digital Library, 2010. View original record (item is in the public domain). GIF available under a CC-BY license.

How it works. The GIF IT UP competition has six categories:

  1. Animals
  2. Planes, trains, and other transport
  3. Nature and the environment
  4. Your hometown, state, or province
  5. WWI, 1914-1918
  6. GIF using a stereoscopic image
  7. Open category (any reusable material from DigitalNZ or DPLA)

A winner will be selected in each of these categories and, if necessary, a winner will be awarded in two fields: use of an animated still public domain image, and use of video material.

To view the competition’s official homepage, visit http://dp.la/info/gif-it-up/.

Judging. GIF IT UP will be co-judged by Adam Green, Editor of the Public Domain Review and by Brian Wolly, Digital Editor of Smithsonian.com. Entries will be judged on coherence with category theme (except for the open category), thoroughness of entry (correct link to source material and contextual information), creativity, and originality.

Gallery. All entries that meet the criteria outlined below in the Guidelines and Rules will be posted to the GIF IT UP Tumblr Gallery. The gallery entries with the most amount of Tumblr “notes” will receive the people’s choice award and will appear online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com alongside the category winners.

Submit. To participate, please first take a moment to read “How it Works” and the guidelines and rules on the GIF IT UP homepage, and then submit your entry by clicking here.

Deadline. The competition deadline is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST / December 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM GMT+13.

GIFtastic Resources. You can find more information about GIF IT UP–including select DPLA and DigitalNZ collections available for re-use and a list of handy GIF-making tips and tools–over on the GIF IT UP homepage.

Questions. For questions or other inquiries, email us at info@digitalnz.org or info@dp.la, or tweet us @digitalnz or @dpla. Good luck and happy GIFing!