Winners of the LoCloud competition

LoCloud launched an international competition inviting 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 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.

And the Winner is…

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.

The runner up is…

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.

About Europeana and LoCloud

Europeana is the Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, which collects and provides access to digitised material from libraries, archives, audiovisual collections and museums. At Europeana, anyone can discover, download, share, learn from and be inspired by Europe’s cultural richness, free of charge: books, manuscripts, sculptures, museum objects, crafts, music and other recordings.

LoCloud is a project, which is supporting small and medium sized cultural institutions from across Europe to provide items from their collections to Europeana. The content is focuses on local history and local heritage and can be explored in Europeana by users from their laptops, mobiles and tablets.

About the LoCloud competition

The international competition ran in all LoCloud’s partner countries. The final winner of the international competition was selected based on the engagement with local heritage and Europeana in terms of story, use of original material and archives, sharing of the experience of using Europeana, and the quality of the presentation.

Showcase and awards

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.

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