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Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFs

The latest round of “GIF It Up” seeks the best GIFs made from public domain prints, photos, paintings and more

The 2015 winner of the "GIF It Up" competition. (Tobias Rothe / DPLA)
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Some vintage artwork is about to get a lot more animated. The website GIPHY, along with four international digital libraries, are soliciting your best GIFs for the fourth annual "GIF It Up" contest. 

The competition, which launches October 1 and runs throughout the month, lets you submit GIFs in a variety of categories using public domain content from Europeana, DPLA, DigitalNZ or Trove. The grand prize winner will receive a special electronic frame for displaying (what else but) GIFs. Runners-up will receive gift cards, and special prizes will also be awarded in themes of transport, holidays, animals and Christmas cards. While a panel from GIPHY, DailyArt and Public Domain Review will be deciding most of the winners, anyone can vote for the people's choice award, which will award one creative user a Giphoscope.

"The competition encourages people to create new, fun and unique artworks from digitized cultural heritage material," the Europeana Foundation, one of the participating digital libraries, said in a statement about the contest.

The animated competition is now in its fourth year, and while we wait for this year's champions to be announced, check out a few of the winning GIFs from last year:

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