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GIF Contest: What's Your Position


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Monday Jul 28, 2014


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Battery Wagon Circle

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Joe in the Box

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Recoiling Duck






Descending Into t...


recoiling in fright








Subsided Flame




Plane Landing


Recoiling GIF


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Cake coverup


Keepin' it Fresh





Where are you? How are you situated? Are you surrounded by high walls? Way up in the air in a skyscraper? Or far below ground in a dungeon? It doesn’t where you find yourself, these words of motion and position will help capture your state of being!

Take a look at these words to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. 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.

In this challenge, choose one of these eight words: recoiling, descended, subsided, horizontally, circumscribing, absconded, preceding, encases.

Your GIF must:

  • Define only one word, using the definitions provided
  • Display the word, part of speech, and definition
  • Use original content instead of images or clips from third parties

1. Recoiling (verb) – to move quickly away from something that is shocking or frightening

Thought starter: Has something ever made you suddenly pull back out of fear, disgust or pain? You might find yourself recoiling in pain if you accidentally touch hot metal, or recoiling in horror if you see a ghost. Make a GIF that shows someone recoiling out of fright.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word recoiling when referring to a sudden physical movement away from a surprising sight or sensation. You might see someone who hears an uncomfortably loud sound recoiling from its source.

2. Descended (verb) – to move from a higher to a lower level

Thought starter: Have you ever walked down, or descended, a large flight of stairs? If so, you’d know that climbing up all of those stairs was much harder than having descended. Make a GIF about someone who descended from a great height.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word descended when talking about moving downwards from a higher elevation. The firemen descended the pole after hearing the alarm. The skier descended the mountain with great speed and skill.

3. Subsided (verb) – decreased in strength or intensity

Thought starter: Think about the end of a hot summer day. You probably noticed how the heat subsided, or decreased, after the sun set. The daylight also subsided as the sky grew dark. Make a GIF that shows how light subsided.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word subsided when talking about lessening in strength or intensity. The loud music subsided as the marching band moved further down the street. The heavy rain subsided as the clouds moved further south.

4. Horizontally (adverb) – parallel to the ground

Thought starter: A tightrope walker often holds a pole horizontally for balance as they walk. A level table top rests horizontally above the ground.Make a GIF that features something positioned horizontally.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word horizontally to talk about something that is parallel in relation to the ground. The shelves are fastened to the wall horizontally so the books don’t slide off.

5. Circumscribing (adjective) – surrounding

Thought starter: Everything inside of a room is surrounded by its circumscribing walls. If you draw a circle around an image, the circumscribing circle surrounds the image. Make a GIF featuring a circumscribing circle that surrounds something.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word circumscribing when describing something that surrounds something else. The circumscribing walls of the garden protected the plants from hungry animals.

6. Absconded (verb) – quickly and secretly leaving a location

Thought starter: Ever try to sneak out of a situation without getting caught? If you steal cookies from the kitchen only to eat them in your room, you’ve absconded with them! Make a GIF featuring someone who absconded with a stolen prize.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word absconded when talking about the action of quickly and secretly leaving a location. The burglar absconded with an expensive diamond, never to be caught.

7. Preceding (adjective) – previous

Thought starter: Think about what you’ve already done today. These preceding actions came before the present moment. Waking up might be the preceding action to eating breakfast. Make a GIF that features the person preceding youin a line for the cafeteria, or any other long line.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word preceding when describing something that has come before. Barack Obama took office from the preceding president, George W. Bush.

8. Encases (verb) – surrounds and covers

Thought starter: Do have a protective case for your cellphone? Something that encases it and protects the device from getting scratched or dropped? Make a GIF that shows how something encases something else.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word encases when talking about something that fully encloses, or covers, something else. Chocolate is often encased in tinfoil and a wrapper.

Submission requirements:

In your GIF image that is less than 5 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:

  • June 2, 2014 - Contest opens
  • June 30, 2014 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • July 28, 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 the Contest Terms.

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