Google Celebrates Children’s Day with Pune Girl’s Winning Doodle
A girl from Pune has bagged this year’s Doodle4Google contest and Google announced it will feature the winning doodle, titled ‘Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam’ by Vaidehi Reddy, (Army Public School, Pune) on the Google India homepage. As per the declaration, the doodle appears on their homepage today, November 14, which is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. Google’s Doodle4Google contest is held annually and was launched back in 2009. Students from class 1 to 10 are invited to draw the Google Doodle to celebrate Children’s Day in India.
This year’s theme for the contest was ‘A place in India I wish to visit’ and it saw an overwhelming 1 million entries from more than 1,700 schools across 50 cities in India. Out of million entries, Google shortlisted 12 doodles that were put up for online voting.
The winner was eventually chosen by Google’s National Jury that had Political Cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Children’s Publishing at ACK Media Savio Mascarenhas, and Google Doodle team lead Ryan Gerick.
“Doodle4Google is the perfect platform for the youth of India to showcase their talent on an international platform. It allows youngsters from not only the metros but from Tier II, III and even IV cities to participate, which is evident from the entries seen this year. The response of over 1 million entries is indeed overwhelming and the talent which has surfaced through the entries is remarkable”, said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India.