GIF IT UP
GIF IT UP is an annual international gif-making campaign that encourages people to create new, fun, and unique gif artworks from digitized cultural heritage materials. Entrants are invited to search, discover, adapt, and reuse public domain and openly licensed video clips, images, art, documents, or other materials found in DPLA or international partner libraries Europeana, Trove, and DigitalNZ. GIF IT UP winning entries are determined by a panel of judges and prizes are awarded. However, the campaign is not just a contest; it is an opportunity to celebrate open collections, have fun, and create art.
The inaugural GIF IT UP was held in 2014 and the campaign has taken place annually since then. View a summary of each year’s contest below, including entries and winners, as well as tips, tools, and resources for gif-making year round.
GIF IT UP 2018 takes place October 1-31
Find contest rules, gif-ready materials, and submission information on the contest website.
To enter GIF IT UP, you need to make a gif with material(s) which you have found in 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.
Detailed submission guidelines will be announced for each year’s contest.
Resources recommended by “Advanced GIF Making,” presenters Darren Cole and Richard Naples:
- Smithsonian Libraries’ blog post on making GIFs
- Adobe’s tutorial on creating frame animations
- Ways to remove backgrounds in Photoshop
- Creating GIFs out of video or still images
- An example of GIF-related tutorials on YouTube
- A tutorial on making GIFs using GIMP
- Today’s Document’s post-DPLAfest list of Gif-making resources
- GIF IT UP 2015 (October 12 – November 21, 2015)
View GIF IT UP 2015 contest guidelines, entries, and winners.