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GIF IT UP winners

By thomasin sleigh.

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What an excellent way to finish a busy year at DigitalNZ—with a showcase of awesome GIFs made from copyright-free images! The past couple of months we’ve had a lot of fun running the GIF IT UP competition with our good friends at the Digital Public Library of America. We’ve been amazed by all the creative and ingenious entries and want to thank everyone who entered their work.

You can browse all the GIFs at the GIF IT UP Tumblr gallery.

All the entries have now been judged by our esteemed judges, Adam Green, Editor of the Public Domain Review , and Brian Wolly, Digital Editor of the Smithsonian magazine , who will also showcase the winners on their websites. Entries were judged on:

- Coherence with category theme
- Thoroughness and accuracy of entry (including link to source material)
- Creativity and originality

So, please read on to find out the winners from each category in the inaugural GIF IT UP competition...


ANIMALS

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.

Judge Adam Green commented on this entry: A fun, well executed, and strangely hypnotic piece.

The Dumb Typist

This GIF is made available under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License.


PLANES, TRAINS, AND OTHER TRANSPORT

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.

Judge Adam Green commented on this entry: I like the strange vehicle it features, brilliantly innovative.

Jo Lose 1 Wheeled Vehicle Patent

This GIF is made available under a CC-BY 3.0 License.


NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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

Judge Adam Green commented on this entry: Simple, but beautiful.

Butterflies

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YOUR HOMETOWN, STATE OR PROVINCE

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

Brooklyn

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GIF USING A STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE

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.

Us Cavalery Stereo Moving

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WWI

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.

Wagging Dog

This GIF is made available under a CC-BY 3.0 License.


OPEN

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.

Man And Woman Dancing

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

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

Snowflakes Wilson Alwyn Bentley

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