A big thank you to all of those of you who entered the LoCloud Competition!
The international competition invited students, curators and others to explore their local history through Europeana and share their story in the My Local Heritage competition.
The mission was to find images, texts, film and sound from the archives on www.europeana.eu and relate these to a story about a place and its people. We received many highly enjoyable entries from across Europe. An international jury consisting of Vilde Ronge, the Assistant Director at Riksarkivet/the National Archives of Norway, Milena Popova of Europeana and Kate Fernie of 2Culture Associates, chose a winner and a runner-up in the competition.
LoCloud is holding a conference in Amersfoort, the Netherlands on 5th February 2016, during which we will showcase the competition entries and award prizes to the winners.
And the winner is...
Maribor in the past and today
Mihael Muršec. a second grade high school student from Slovenia, was placed first with his video entry: Maribor in the past and today. “I've been interested on multimedia since the primary school” says Mihael Muršec. “I'm a member of the school computer club in II High school, Maribor. I directed and mounted the video that was recorded by the other members of the club: Sven Pušnik, Patrik Rek, Nejc-Filip Svenšek”.
The jury’s motivation
Mihael Muršec’s video is a lively exploration of the town of Maribor then and now. There’s a nice mixture of modern images and videos, with the inclusion of screen captures of searches on Europeana showing how the archives were discovered. The video shows how the town has changed and also how some aspects of people’s lives continue from the past to today.The final sequence compares footage of modern sports/adventure activities to archive images of skiing and other sports about the town giving a strong impression of life in the town then and now.
... and the runner up is
The Extraordinary Adventures of Private Nistor
Bogdan Stanciu, an experienced, award-winning journalist and non-fiction author based in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, was placed second with his blog post: The Extraordinary Adventures of Private Nestor.
This is the story of a Romanian artilleryman in the Great War, who came to fight against the Japanese, for defending a German colony in nowadays China. Private Nistor took part in the first battles between a plane and a boat, was taken prisoner by the Japanese and wrote a diary with all his adventures, which is now available online. The blog-post uses and cites Europeana as a primary source for text and photos, completing the story with views expressed by various historians and warfare experts.