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Here’s how this contest works:

We have nine visually powerful words for you to choose from. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.

GIFs are short moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech graphically on-screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.

The nine words you can choose from in this challenge are: initially, retroactively, feebly, wearily, brusquely, obstinately, leisurely, ironically, and fervently.

Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your GIF:

●You can choose only one word for your GIF

●You must use the definition provided below

●Your GIF must be completely original, i.e. you cannot use images or clips from 3rd parties

●You must display the word, part of speech, definition, in your GIF

1) Initially (adverb) – at first

First impressions are important.

Initially is an adverb that means at first. This word is often used to describe an action that takes place at the very beginning of something.

Thought starter: Have you ever quickly made up your mind about someone or something, but changed your mind once you’ve learned a little more? Make a GIF that shows what you initially thought or how you initially reacted to something, and how this initial opinion eventually changed.

Pro-tip: Initially comes from the Latin word initialis, which means initial, incipient. Both words derive from the Latin word initium, meaning a beginning, an entrance.

2) Retroactively (adverb) - after the fact

Closed the barn door, but the horse was long gone.

Retroactively is an adverb that means after the fact. It’s usually used to describe an action taken to address something that should have been dealt with earlier. For example, if you forget to bring lunch money on one day, you might promise to retroactively pay for lunch the following day.

Thought starter: Imagine that you had this very specific super-power: you could take action in the present that would affect something that happened in the past. This would mean that you could make changes retroactively. Make a GIF about how you might use your new power.

Pro-tip: Retroactively comes from the Latin word retroagere, which means to drive or turn back. The prefix retro means back and the root word agere means to drive, set in motion.

3) Feebly (adverb) - weakly

Couldn't bruise a grape.

Feebly is an adverb that can mean weakly. This word can describe an action that is seriously lacking in strength or impact.

Thought starter: Imagine that you suddenly became too weak to do anything. Opening jars of peanut butter might become next to impossible. If you threw a ball, it wouldn’t go very far at all. Make a GIF of yourself or someone else feebly attempting to do something that might be easy for someone with normal strength.

Pro-tip: Feebly from the Latin word flebilis, which means lamentable or, more literally, that is to be wept over.

4) Wearily (adverb) - tiredly

You are getting sleepy. Very, very sleepy.

Wearily is an adverb that means tiredly. This word is often used to describe the behavior of someone who is very sleepy or worn out.

Thought starter: What if you haven't had a good night's sleep in days? Everything you tried to do would be seriously affected. Your eyes might close at any given moment! Make a GIF that shows you wearily attempting to do something.

Pro-tip: Wearily come from the Old English word werig, which means tired.

5) Brusquely (adverb) - harshly

How rude!

Brusquely is an adverb that means harshly. It is used to describe actions that are jarring, rude, or rough.

Thought starter: Everyone has feelings and no one likes to be dealt with harshly. Think back on times when you might have been treated (or you treated someone else) brusquely. Make a GIF that demonstrates this behavior and the hurt feelings it caused.

Pro-tip: Brusquely comes from French word brusque, which means lively, fierce.

6) Obstinately (adverb) - stubbornly

Not changing my mind, no way, no how.

Obstinately is an adverb that means stubbornly. This word can describe the actions of a person who is very set in his ways, or something that absolutely refuses to change no matter how much pressure is applied.

Thought starter: Have you ever tried to open or move something that simply wouldn't budge? Make a GIF that demonstrates something that stubbornly refuses to change, no matter how much force or persuasion is used against it.

Pro-tip: Obstinately comes from the Latin word obstinatus, which means resolute, resolved, determined, inflexible, stubborn.

7) Leisurely (adverb) - slowly

Relax, take your time.

Leisurely is an adverb that means slowly. It describes actions that are very unhurried, relaxed, and laid-back.

Thought starter: What do you do to relax? Do you take walks, read books, or cook up meals? Or is there another activity that really calms you down? Make a GIF that shows you doing something leisurely in an attempt to unwind.

Pro-tip: Leisurely comes from Old French word leisir, which means capacity, permission, idleness, or inactivity.

8) Ironically (adverb) - strange and unexpected, yet fitting

Well, that didn't work out like I thought.

Ironically is an adverb that means unexpectedly. It's a word that usually describes actions that seem strange and surprising but, when viewed in a different light, also very appropriate.

Thought starter: Do you love movies with twists? Stories that lead you in one direction only to surprise you by how it all turns out? Make a GIF telling a story that ends ironically.

Pro-tip: Ironically comes from the Greek word eironikos, which means dissembling, putting on a false ignorance.

9) Fervently (adverb) - intensely


Fervently is an adverb meaning intensely. This word describes actions that are full of belief, passion, and conviction.

Thought starter: Our most admired leaders had very strong beliefs, and could communicate them passionately. Go online and find clips of your favorite leaders giving passionate speeches. Then make a GIF that shows someone communicating something fervently.

Pro-tip: Fervently comes from the Latin word ferventem, which means boiling, hot, glowing.






Submission requirements:

In your GIF image that is less than 2 MB, you must:

  • Choose one word from the list provided.
  • Show the word, part of speech, and definition graphically on screen throughout the GIF.
  • Clearly demonstrate the meaning of the word.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • January 13, 2014 - Contest opens
  • February 10, 2014 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • [UPDATED] March 13, 2014 - Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your submission achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and Engagement: Your submission presents educational content in an artistic and innovative way.
  • Appropriate content: Your submission does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.
  • In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.


Prizes per contest vary. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via

Official Requirements:

  • The image’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants will be asked to submit proof of proper clearances.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in theContest Terms.

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