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GIF IT UP 2017

Europeana Foundation

Yes, it's already this time of year... Time for the fourth edition of GIF IT UP!

From 1 - 31 October, all GIF-makers, cultural heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the internet are invited to create brand new GIFs by remixing copyright-free and openly licensed material from four international digital libraries.


1. Find an inspiring piece of copyright-free / openly licensed material from Europeana Collections, DPLA, Trove, or DigitalNZ.

  1. Create an awesome gif.

  2. Submit it for a chance to win great prizes.

2016 GIF IT UP Grand Prize Winner, created by Jeff Gill and Kristen Carter

But what if you have never made a GIF before? That's even better! Now you will have a chance to try!

Every Monday in October we will be publishing a short blog about different ways of creating GIFs, addressed specifically to first-time GIF-makers.

Additionally, if you are around, Europeana will be having a GIF-making workshop, providing tools and tutorials to help visitors create their first artworks, will be held at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 14-15 October in cooperation with the ARTS+. And for those who cannot be there, last year DPLA run a couple of GIF-Making Workshops which are still available online - take a look!


We are extremely happy to introduce you to this year's GIF IT UP amazing jury: Ari Spool, Community Curator at GIPHY Arts, Zuzanna Stańska, founder of DailyArt, and Adam Green, the Editor-in-Chief of The Public Domain Review. Creative GIF-makers can expect great prizes:

Grand prize winner will receive an Electric Object - a digital photo frame especially for GIFs, sponsored by GIPHY 3 runners-up will receive 50€/50$  online gift cards, compliments of Europeana. First-time GIF-maker category winner will receive an online gift card and a goody bag, compliments of Europeana. People’s choice award winner will receive a Giphoscope.

All eligible entries will be showcased on the GIPHY channel dedicated to the competition and promoted on social media with the hashtag #GIFITUP2017

Even if you are not participating, go and vote on the competition website for your favourite GIF. Results will be announced in November on the GIF IT UP website and related social media. To find out more about the 2017 competition, including submission rules, visit

GIF OpenCollections GIF IT UP competitions Competitions Europeana