Google India announced today Vaidehi Reddy of Army Public school, Pune as the winner of this year’s Doodle design competition at an event in New Delhi. She was chosen amongst 12 finalists from all over India.
The winning Doodle titled “Natural and Cultural Paradise- Assam” will go live on the Google India homepage on Children’s Day that is celebrated on 14th November. This selected Doodle reflect the artistic merit, creativity, and expression of the theme. The theme of this year’s competition was- A place in India I wish to visit. All the finalists will receive a certificate of achievement and a Chromebook laptop.
The Doodle4Google competition, an annual Google India property, was started 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. Because of its popularity, this year the competition saw record breaking entries of over 1 million, from more than 1700 schools across 50 cities.The final 12 Doodles were shortlisted and put up for online voting. Google’s National Jury Political cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Children’s Publishing at ACK Media Savio Mascarenhas and Google Doodle team lead Ryan Gerick, then selected the National Winner from these 12 finalists.
As done every year, the Doodle4Google participants were grouped into three different categories:
· Group 1 comprising of students from class 1 to 3;
· Group 2 with students from class 4 to 6; and
· Group 3 with students from class 7 to 10
The 12 finalists consisting of four students each were selected from above three groups.
Commenting on the occasion, Software Engineer, Doodle Team, Kristopher Hom said, “It has been a wonderful experience to be present at a contest like Doodle4Google in India. I enjoyed witnessing young creative minds showcase and bring to life the places they want to visit in their own country. Being a part of the Doodle team, I am always inspired by such creativity. It is wonderful to see how each and every one of these entries is unique not only for their incredible creativity but also for the simple yet powerful message behind them.”
All the finalists’ doodles can be seen at http://www.google.co.in/doodle4google/