Doodle4Google (D4G) contest, held across 100 cities and 1500 schools , organised by Google India culminated today and Google India announced the winner of this competition in an event today in New Delhi. The winner of this year’s Doodle design competition is Gayatri Ketharaman of the Bishop’s Co-Ed School, Pune. She was chosen amongst 12 finalists, and was felicitated by Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Google India.
This year’s competiton was the fifth edition and The Doodle4Google competition, launched in 2009 and is open to students from grades 1 to 10, who are invited to design the Google Doodle to celebrate Children’s Day in the country. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Celebrating Indian Women’, and Google received over 1.5 lac entries, from more than 1500 schools across 100 cities. The final 12 doodles were shortlisted and put up for online voting. Google National Jury Kirron Kher and Ajit Ninan along with the original doodler select the National Winner out of the 12 finalists.
“Doodle4Google is the perfect platform for the youth of India to showcase their talent on an international platform. It allows youngsters from not just the metros but from Tier II, III and even IV cities to participate, which is evident from the entries seen this year. The response has been overwhelming and the talent which has surfaced through the entries is indeed remarkable. We at Google are extremely encouraged by the fact that entries this year have come from across the country which is a clear indication that we are well underway to taking the internet to the next billion,” said Rajan Anandan, Managing Director Google, India
The winning Doodle titled Sky’s The Limit for Indian Women will go live on the Google India homepage on November 14, National Children’s Day and reflects the artistic merit, creativity, and expression of the theme. All the finalists will receive a Google Goodie bag and an Acer C720 Chromebook.
Commenting on the occasion, Kirron Kher said “I really liked the theme that Doodle4Google came up with today – Celebrating Indian Women is something so powerful and rich in concept; it’s really enabled youngsters across the country to showcase their talent and creativity irrespective of location. Equally importantly it’s enabled them to really showcase and bring to life the incredible diversity of Indian women – the incredible colors; their beauty and their personalities, their work, their contributions and their skills. Personally, I’m a great fan of Google’s Doodles and love them not just for their incredible creativity but also for the simple but powerful messaging that each new doodle brings.”
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made search on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists.