2015 New Zealand student winners

In 2015 school students from New Zealand got creative for GIF IT UP and came up with some fantastic entries. We were lucky to have sponsorship from Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand for ten student prizes, which were judged by illustrator and comic artist Toby Morris. Here are the winners below:


Evan Manning from Auckland

Evan Manning

Toby Morris commented: "Arrgh look out! Love this, very clever. I like that it takes something we know well and twists it, really made me laugh. Good use of light and colour and I like the way it builds up to the joke/twist. Well done!"

Source material courtesy the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Chloe Booth from Palmerston North

Chloe Booth

Toby Morris commented: "Far out! I love this because it takes something cool and then, in keeping with the vibe of it, builds on it and takes it into a whole new space. It takes a pretty wierd and cool thing and makes it even weirder and cooler, nice work!"

Source material courtesy the Alexander Turnbull Library. Please note permission was obtained from the Alexander Turnbull Library for the reuse of this image.

Jordyn Fleming from Richmond

Jordyn Fleming

Toby Morris commented: "Zap! Wow, I like this one a lot! I like that it uses a few different techniques that build up. I feel like I've been taken into a new dimension. Thank you."

Source material courtesy Kete Horowhenua.

Liam Stronach from Nelson

Liam Stronach2

Toby Morried commented: "Very striking. A cool picture, brought to life in a very effective way. This brings out the drama and action in the photo, pretty cool."

Source material courtesy Auckland Libraries.

Jared Manning from Auckland

Jared Manning2

Toby Morris commented: "Action packed! Made me laugh, I like the way it brings some action to an otherwise quiet scene. Changes the story!"

Source material courtesy Kete Horowhenua.


A grand total of three winning entries by Travis Manning from Auckland!

Travis Manning2

Toby Morris commented: "Very cool. I love the way it takes the photo and builds on the story. she does look like she loves her TV, and bringing the colour in is a really clever way to do something visually interesting that stands out, and get the little story across. Awesome!"

Source material (1, 2) courtesy Upper Hutt City Library and Christchurch Libraries.

Travis Manning

Toby Morris commented: "Ha! Made me laugh. This guy does look like a joker, it's a funny way to bring this old guy into the prsent. Funny drawing too, love the eyebrows."

Source material courtesy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Travis Manning3

Toby Morris commented: Cool—clever use of combining the different elements together. I can picture this gif-ghost popping up in all sorts of places.

Source material courtesy Upper Hutt City Library.

Nerissa Mercer from Thames

Nerissa Mercer

Toby Morris commented: "Oh the tension kills me! Are they taking a call or hanging up? It's a cool piece of action to capture—a little slice of the past we don't get to do anymore. The loop could have been a big longer, bit of a tease, but I enjoyed it."

Source material courtesy Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.

Isabella McClintock from Nelson

Isabella Mc Clintock

Toby Morris commented: "Woah! Epilespy warning indeed, kinda mind boggling in good and bad ways—pretty intense, but I do like the past meets future thing going on."

Source material courtesy Tasman District Libraries Kete.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who entered their amazing creations into GIF IT UP!