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Gif It Up 2016

“Dissension”, from Tobias Rothe in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

The Digital Public Library of America is calling all gif makers, creatives, history nuts, animators, and more! GIF IT UP — DPLA’s annual competition seeking innovative and endlessly looping uses of archival videos and images.

The competition started on October 1 – the rules are simple:

– Find your favorite piece of copyright-free material from DPLA, Europeana, Trove, or DigitalNZ
– Create a sweet gif
– Submit it for a chance to win some nifty prizes

To find out more about the 2016 competition, including available prizes and submission rules, visit the website of Gif It Up 2016.

GIF IT UP (October 1 – 31, 2016) is an annual international competition organized by the Digital Public Library of America.

DPLA is generously supported by a number of foundations and government agencies.

How it works

To enter GIF IT UP, you need to make a gif with material(s) which you have found on DPLA, Europeana, DigitalNZ, or Trove. Your source material must come from at least one of these four sources and be clearly marked as:

– in the public domain;
– have a ‘no known copyright restrictions’ statement;
– or have a Creative Commons license which allows for reuse.

You can enter up to three gifs, using still images or video from the four participating digital libraries. You have from October 1 to October 31 to submit your entry.

All entries that meet the criteria outlined on the submission guidelines page below will be showcased on the competition’s Tumblr and generally adored by the Internet. Entries that do not meet the criteria will not be posted online.

Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and thoroughness (i.e., correct URL to source material and contextual information).


View all 2016 entries on Tumblr

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