GIF IT UP 2014

GIF IT UP 2014

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GIF IT UP 2014

How it Works
Guidelines & Rules
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GIF IT UP is a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ held the first-ever GIF IT UP over the course of Fall 2014. GIF IT UP 2014 was an international competition to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals.

Thanks so much to those who participated, and congratulations to our GIF IT UP winners!

To browse all of the GIF IT UP entries, visit the competition gallery.

How it Works

The GIF IT UP competition had 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 was 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.

GIF IT UP was co-judged by Adam Green, Editor of the Public Domain Review and by Brian Wolly, Digital Editor of

Entries were judged on coherence with category theme (except for open category), thoroughness of entry (correct link to source material and contextual information), creativity, and originality.

All entries that met the criteria outlined below in the Guidelines and Rules were posted to the GIF IT UP Tumblr Gallery. The gallery entry with the most amount of Tumblr “notes” received the people’s choice award and appeared online at the Public Domain Review and alongside the category winners.

The competition deadline was December 1, 2014



Guidelines & Rules

(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.

  • Submissions must include one piece of digital content that is available online via or for free and legal reuse (has a Creative Commons license that does not restrict the creation of derivatives, or is public domain, no known copyright, or openly licensed).
  • Entry is free via the submission form on DPLA’s website.
  • Each entrant can submit up to three GIFs for the competition.
  • Entries submitted to the GIF IT UP competition containing public domain material grant the competition organisers the right to assign a CC-BY license to this work. Entries containing Creative Commons-licensed content will be assigned a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
  • Size must be less than 1MB, or less than 2MB for GIFs under 400px wide (Tumblr limit).
  • Entries will be judged by an external judge, their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The organisers reserve the right to disqualify works that breach third party intellectual property rights, contain language or imagery that is offensive or obscene, or material that is confidential or invasive of personal privacy.
  • In uploading your entry you give permission for DigitalNZ and DPLA to post your work to the competition’s Tumblr site, promote via the organisations’ other online channels, and adapt for other possible promotional and editorial purposes.

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View the winners

The winners of GIF IT UP were announced on December 11, 2014. Thanks so much to those who participated, and congratulations to our winners! The GIFs generated as part of this competition have been made available under either a CC-BY 3.0 or a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License.


Lillie Le Dorre, from Wellington, New Zealand, wins this category with her precocious typing dog. Source material courtesy Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.


Darren Cole, from the United States, wins this category with his moving (and smoking!) monowheel patent. Source material courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration.


Richard Naples, from Washington, DC is awarded the winner for his elegantly fluttering butterflies. Source material courtesy Smithsonian Libraries via the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

An animated GIF of butterflies and a caterpillar


Jason Varone’s mesmerizing map overlay of Brooklyn wins this category. Source material courtesy the US Government Printing Office.


Ron Leunissen in the Netherlands takes this award away with this stereoscopic image of the Penna. Cavalry at Newport News, en route to Porto Rico. Source material courtesy Boston Public Library.


The Othmer Library in Philadelphia wins this award with their wagging WWI enlistment dog. Source material courtesy the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.


Nono Burling takes away the award for the open category with this romantically dancing couple, created from the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge. Source material courtesy University Southern California Libraries.


Jessica Pyburn’s beautiful snowflake animation is the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the GIF with the most Tumblr ‘notes’, 381 in total. Source material courtesy Smithsonian Institution.


To browse all of the GIF IT UP entries, visit the competition gallery »