Vaidehi Reddy from Pune is the winner of the national Doodle4Google contest held across 50 cities and 1,700 schools in India. The annual contest, now in its sixth year, is held ahead of Children’s Day and the winning doodle entry is displayed on the Google homepage on November 14. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual content
This year’s theme for the contest was “A place in India I wish to visit,” and Reddy’s doodle featuring Assam won the competition. “I want to go to Assam because it is rich in both, natural beauty and culture. Its music and rich folk arts are also very good,” Reddy said. She belongs to the class 7 to 10 group and studies at the Army Public School in Pune. Her doodle shows several cultural motifs from the state, as well as animals like a tiger and rhino, which represent the rich wildlife found in Assam. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
After receiving all the entries from schools across the country, Google shortlisted 12 and put them 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. Google said that it received a record one million entries for this year’s competition. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
“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. 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, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India.
Reddy was felicitated at an event in New Delhi today. All the finalists received a certificate of achievement and a Chromebook laptop.