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Project Ed Fancy Pants GIF Contest


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Most of us like to look our best. The clothes we choose to wear can say a lot about ourselves. Whether it’s a school uniform, a suit and tie, or a dancer’s leotard, fashion is important. It can tell help us understand what other people and other cultures consider to be beautiful, important, or simply necessary.

Take a look at these fashionable 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 in the Resources tab.

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. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.

Choose one of these eight words: embroidered, hue, silken, gleams, azure, diadem, encrusted, crimson.

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. Embroidered (participle - verb acting as an adjective) – decorated with a needlework design

Thought starter: Have you ever seen a blanket or pillow with a pretty pattern or a funny phrase sewed across it? These objects are embroidered or decorated with a needlework design. Make a GIF that shows a piece of fabric being embroidered with an outrageous pattern or silly phrase.

Pro tip: Writers use the word embroidered to describe things that have been decorated with a needlework design. The tapestry was embroidered with leafs and flowers.

2. Hue (noun) – a particular shade of color

Thought starter: Ever searched for a can of paint in the precise shade of blue you would like? You’re looking for a particular hue. The word hue refers to a particular shade a color. It’s the word you use to make sure you get the color right. Make a GIF that shows the many hues of a particular color.

Pro tip: Writers use the word hue when describing a specific shade of a color. The sky was a deep, purple hue before the storm.

3. Silken (adjective) – soft and smooth, like silk

Thought starter: An especially soft piece of fabric, a scarf made of rich cloth, or a smooth and soft head of hair can all be described as silken. Silken is an adjective that means soft and smooth, like silk. Make a GIF that shows examples of different silken fabrics and objects.

Pro tip: Writers use the word silken to describe something that has the same qualities as silk: soft and smooth. This word can be used to describe both physical objects and non-physical objects. Someone with an especially smooth and soothing voice may be said to have a silken voice.

4. Gleams (verb) – Shine brightly with reflected light

Thought starter: Newly polished leather, gold metal chains, and diamonds, gleam if the light hits them the right way. Gleams is a verb that means shines. Make a GIF that shows how a piece of jewelry gleams in the right light.

Pro tip: Writers use the word gleams to describe something that shines, especially from a reflected light. The surface of a lake gleams in the moonlight.

5. Azure (adjective) – sky blue

Thought starter: A blue sky on a clear day, a robin’s egg, and an especially blue swath of ocean can all be described as azure. Azure is an adjective that describes the particular shade of blue of an unclouded sky. Make a GIF that shows different azure objects.

Pro tip: Writers use the word azure to describe the color “sky blue.” The word comes from the blue mineral lapis lazul. Often, writers use it to describe the color of water. The azure ocean lapped against the sandy white shore.

6. Diadem (noun)—jeweled crown, especially a headband

Thought starter: A queen or king would wear a diadem, or a jeweled crown. A diadem might also be a type of jeweled headband. Make a GIF that shows different kinds of beautiful, bejeweled diadems.

Pro tip: Writers use the noun diadem to describe a crown. Often times, the word refers to a specific type of crown that resembles a headband. The king’s diadem was covered in rubies and diamonds.

7. Encrusted (adjective)—covered with a hard coating

Thought starter: Have you ever seen a beautiful necklace encrusted, or covered,with pearls? Or a tough leather jacket encrusted, or covered with spikes? Encrusted is an adjective that can mean covered with a hard coating. Make a GIF that shows different fashion objects encrusted with precious stones or spikes.

Pro tip: Writers use the adjective encrusted to describe something covered with a hard coating. A very valuable piece of jewelry may be encrusted with diamonds.

8. Crimson (adjective)—rich, deep red

Thought Starter: A very ripe tomato, an especially dark colored ruby, or a dark red suit jacket may all be described as crimson. Crimson is an adjective that describes a very specific rich, deep red. Make a GIF that shows different uses of the color crimson in clothing.

Pro tip: Crimson describes a very specific shade of red. It generally means a rich, deep, dark red. Sometimes it is used to describe a type of fabric of this color. When writers use the word as a verb, it means “to blush.”

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:

  • August 6, 2014 - Contest opens
  • September 15, 2014 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • September 24, 2014 - Voting Closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • On or around October 20, 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

In this contest we will be awarding one Grand Prize, seven Word Winner prizes, one Honorable Mention Prize, and one Viewer's Choice prize. All prizes amounts are in USD where applicable.

Additional 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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