Vaidehi Reddy winner of Doodle4Google
Google India announced Vaidehi Reddy as the winner of this year’s Doodle design competition, called Doodle4Google contest. The Pune girl was chosen amongst 12 finalists and was felicitated at an event in New Delhi.
The Doodle4Google competition, was 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 ‘A place in India I wish to visit’, which saw over 1 million entries, 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.
The winning Doodle titled “Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam” will go live on the Google (India) homepage on November 14, Children’s Day and reflect the artistic merit, creativity, and expression of the theme. All the finalists will receive a certificate of achievement and a Chromebook laptop. 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.”