GIF IT UP 2017

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.
2. Create an awesome gif.
3. 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

Need some inspiration? Take a look at our available open collections.


Public Domain
Historical fashion drawings and prints, sewing and embroidery patterns
Manuscript illustrations from codices on swordsmanship and natural history 
Japanese woodblock prints
Illuminated manuscripts from the British Library

Swedish Military history in black and white photographs
Vintage French Posters
Old Maps from National Library of Technology, Czech Republic
Historical carriages
Paintings of Swedish artist Anders Zorn
Sketches and drawings of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
Swedish Air Force Museum collection
Bookplates from National Library of Romania
Vintage ethnographic photographs from Lithuania
Photographs illustrating WWI at the eastern and south eastern front
Collection of stereoscopic glass plates of the early 20th century Italy
Folk photographs by Hélène Edlund
Wilhelm Wallander’s illustrations of 19th-century clothing
Black-and-white pictures by Swedish photographer John Hertzberg
Paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters from the Golden Age (Mauritshuis collection)
Paintings from Nationalmuseum, Sweden

Photographic studies of motion by Eadweard Muybridge
Swedish Air Force Museum collection
Seals and stamps (emblems) from Lithuanian Art Museums
Fashion plates of illustrations by George Barbier
Early photographs of Japan
Early 20th-century gymnastics

Sketches from National Library of Wales
Vintage circus posters, photographs, and postcards
Colourful works of Carl Larsson
Botanical drawings by Georg Schweinfurth
Illustrations from Swedish Museum of Lithography
Photographs of London pubs from the early 20th century up to the late 1960s
Textiles from the Nationalmuseum, Sweden

Vintage Czech objects (clocks, cutlery, vases, posters and books)
Old maps from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Library
Collection of artworks from Statens Museum for Kunst

Mixed rights statements
Europeana280 (European artworks available for reuse)

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