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The winners of GIF IT UP 2019

It’s time to reveal the winners of the 2019 edition of GIF IT UP, the annual competition to animate and remix cultural heritage artworks.

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It’s time to reveal the winners of the 2019 edition of GIF IT UP. We were delighted by the creativity and diversity of this year’s submissions!

Thanks again to our great judges: Dani Newman (Head of Artists Partnerships at GIPHY), Zuzanna Stańska (founder of DailyArt), and Jean-Christophe Jost (an ambassador for the group of French teachers involved in the Teaching with Europeana project ) for taking the time to evaluate all the entries! 

The Grand Prize, runners up, first-time GIF-maker and industrial heritage awards were determined by the judges, while the People’s Choice Award was chosen by the audience voting on the GIF IT UP website.

So, let’s meet the most GIF-ted participants this year:

Grand Prize Winners

This year we have not one, but two brilliant winning entries.

Justin Gammon (Greenville, USA)
Source material: Exercise 5. For the legs generally The New York Public Library via DPLA

Roland Zsigmond (Arad, Romania)
Source material: Two Sikh men dueling with wooden swords | Wellcome Collection via Europeana


Here are the three runners-up and their great creations:

Gatis Štempelis (Liepāja, Latvia)
Source material: Arkeologiskt föremål från Teotihuacan Sigvald Linné |Etnografiska museet via Europeana

Chris Timmons (New York, USA)
Source material: Soyez reconnaissant pour vos maitres Boston Public Library via DPLA

Janis Zeps (Liepaja, Latvia)
Source material: Correspondance entre Maxime Payel et son frère Léonce via Europeana 1914-1918

First time GIF-makers

Again, not one, but two winning submissions in this category:

Balazs Kun
Source material: Manticore from BL Royal 12 F XIII, f. 24v The British Library via Europeana

Emīls Lauss (Liepāja, Latvia)
Source material: Portrait of Jonkheer Jan Willem Janssens | Jan Willem Pieneman | Rijksmuseum via Europeana, Indian Guide Long Hair' | Herman John Gabriel| Hett Art Gallery and Museum at Camp Chesterfield Slatin Pasha' | Salim S. Haddad | Wellcome Collection via Europeana

Industrial Heritage

Here are the four winners of the Industrial Heritage category:

Markus Steiger (Zurich, Switzerland)
Source material: Fabrik för L M Ericsson, vaktkur Exteriör Arkitektur - och designcentrum via Europeana

Kelly Dann (Brisbane, Australia)
Source material:"Female employees constructing cars at Ford Motor Company, Geelong | Wolfgang Sievers| Libraries Australia via Trove

Ryan Seslow (New York, USA)
Source material:Stakminų kaimo koplytėlė | Stasys Vaitkus | Šiauliai Aušros Museum, 22.0 IBM Diverse maskiner | Telemuseet via Europeana

Nick Cave (Birmingham, England)
Source material: Cork figures | Ajuntament de Girona via Europeana

Children and Teenagers

And here are the young GIF-makers who won the Children & Teens category:

Aleksandra Vecvagare (Liepāja, Latvia)
Source material: The Penitent Magdalen Gerrit Dou | Nationalmuseum, Sweden via Europeana

Rūdolfs Kuncītis (Liepaja, Latvia)
Source material: Vid ammunitionsförrådet på Utö skjutfält Ingemar Eriksson | Arsenalen via Europeana

Patrīcija Krūmiņa (Liepāja, Latvia)
Source material: Portrait of a Man Gerrit Dou | Mauritshuis via Europeana

People's Choice Award

Mustafa Burhan Esen (Çorum, Turkey)
Source material: Barnängens Tekniska fabrik i Stockholm. Tekniska museet via Europeana

To see all the amazing submissions, visit the competition's website and GIPHY Channel .

Congratulations to the winners – you will be contacted about the prizes via email. And huge thanks to all the participants! Hope to see you again next year.

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