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Mixing and Mashing wins students $2000 prize

Mixing and Mashing wins students $2000 prize

Mixing up freely available images to tell a compelling environmental story has won three sisters the Supreme Student Storytelling award in Mix & Mash 2013.

“The competition celebrates and encourages the creative reuse of freely-available data and content to create something new,” says competition organiser Thomasin Sleigh of the National Library.

The library works with DigitalNZ, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand and a number of sponsors to organise the annual competition. This year the library is alsohosting the Mix & Mash exhibition which showcases winners from the competition since 2010.

The exhibition runs until October 2014.

The student winners, Georgia, Nicole, and Rachel Chappell, used openly licensed images and sounds from Auckland Libraries, Auckland Art Gallery, the Department of Conservation, South Canterbury Museum and Wikimedia Commons to tell a digital story Tane’s Tale.

Judge for the student section, the Ministry of Education’s Christine Harwood, says she enjoyed the narration and voice and sound effects.

“I also enjoyed the quirky humour especially the way New Zealand icons appeared unexpectedly on the screen—red band gumboots and pineapple lumps!”

The open category was won by Graham Jenson with a beautiful and intuitive entryMihimihi, tracing his ancestry back to the dawn of time.

International guest judge Lawrence Lessig says the entry showed great skill.

"There is something impossibly difficult about the telescoping nature of the story this tries to tell, and the combination of the two perspectives—the timeline and then video—to create a powerful impression."

The Supreme Award winners take away $2,000 in prizes. Their entries can be seen on the Mix & Mash website

A group of students from Glen Innes’ Pt. England School won the New Zealand Transport Agency’s ‘Safer Journeys’ category with a fun video delivering an important safety message.


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