Google is celebrating the occasion of Children’s Day by displaying the winning doodle of the competition ‘Doodle 4 Google‘. For context, the company has been organizing this competition on an annual basis to provide a platform to showcase the creativity of children. The first edition of the competition was held back in 2009. As part of the competition, school children from Class 1 all the way to Class 10 take part in the competition as part of five groups to win a scholarship. Google also awards a Technology award to the school of the winner. As part of the competition, the children are required to draw the Doodle and also submit a written description of the Doodle in question.
Each year, Google announces a theme for the “Doodle 4 Google” competition and the theme for this year was set as “What inspires me?”. According to the Google Doodle details page, the winner for this year is Pingla Rahul More from J.B Vachha High School in Mumbai. Pingla competed with more than 75,000 other students from across the country to win the competition. Her doodle for the theme was “Galaxy Space Exploration”.
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Pingla goes on to explain her doodle in her description by adding, “ I am extremely inspired by Space Exploration as there is still so much more to know about our Universe — from planets to stars to galaxies and beyond. It is inspiring to learn how small we are, and how small our problems are, in the grand scheme of things.” She added that she drew herself in the doodle with a telescope to convey the idea of exploration along with galaxies and planets “to represent the vastness of things”.
The competition was judged by a panel of judges including Arun Iyer, popular artists, and YouTube Kids creator Rob (Harun Robert), YouTuber Sejal Kumar, and the lead of Google Doodles team Ryan Germick. The decision was aided by “300,000 votes from the public”. In addition to Pingla, Google also announced four group winners. These winners include Shaikh Mohd Rufael Rizwan from Mes. Crescent English High School, Thane for Group 1, Aarohi Dixit from Dolphins International School, Pune for Group 2, Daniya Kulsum from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Vishakapatnam for Group 3, and Dhwanit P Nagar from Swami Vivekanand International School, Mumbai for Group 5.
India observes November 14 as Children’s Day. Today marks the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, who was also fond of children.