Google today announced the 20 finalists for its annual Doodle 4 Google (D4G) competition. To recognize their creativity and encourage the little doodlers, Google has opened public voting online, inviting every Indian to show their love towards their favorite Doodle. Online voting will start from October 23 till November 6 [until 10 am IST], and the winning doodle will feature on www.google.co.in on Children’s Day, November 14, 2018.
Every year, Google invites art loving students from Class 1 to 10 in India to exhibit their ideas in a creative doodle. The theme for this year’s contest was“What inspires me?” that encouraged kids to express themselves in unique ways. From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay, and graphic designs.
Thousands of children from across the country sent in their entries! Over 55% of these were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam, and Bhubaneswar, proving that creativity has no boundaries.
Shortlisted participants have been grouped into five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.
These entries went through multiple rounds of judging, first by panel of art teachers, and then by the jury comprising of creative mastermind Arun Iyer, famous artist and YouTube Kids Creator Rob (Harun Robert), India’s leading female YouTube Creator Sejal Kumar and Google’s original doodle team lead Ryan Germick.
Finally, based on public votes and ranking by the reputed national jury, the winner will be selected from the top voted finalists. The National Winner will get his/her doodle showcased on www.google.co.in and receive an INR 500,000 college scholarship, an INR 200,000 technology package for their school, as well as a trip to Google office in India, among other prizes.
To explore the various doodle’s and to vote for your favorite doodles from each group, visit here.
Doodle 4 Google 2018 finalists from across India:
Group 1: Class 1 to 2
- C Jayavant Kamesh, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Shalom Keshet, St.Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, New Delhi
- Aryamn Chitlangiya, Jayshree Periwal High School, Jaipur
- Shaikh Mohd Rufael Rizwan, MESCO Crescent English High School, Mumbai
Group 2: Class 3 to 4
- Aarohi Dixit, Dolphins International School, Pune
- Patel Priyal Dilip, BKM Primary School, Bhopal
- Daksh Verma, Gaur International, Greater Noida
- Ankit Bhattacharya, Delhi Public School, New Town, Kolkata
Group 3: Class 5 to 6
- Daniya Kulsum, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Aritra Haldar, G.B. Memorial Institution, Kolkata
- B Sathwik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Yash Pandurang Shelar, Ramannaug, Pune
Group 4: Class 7 to 8
- Pingla Rahul More, J B Vachha High School, Mumbai
- Manvi Jain, The Emerald Heights International School, Indore
- B Shreya, Kendriya Vidyalaya Ganeshkhind, Pune
- Aribah Fatima, Madina High School, Hyderabad
Group 5: Class 9 to 10
- Dhwanit P Nagar, Swami Vivekanand International School, Mumbai
- Anika Goel, Global Indian International School, Hyderabad
- Aditi Shekhawat, Army Public School, Bengaluru
- Sujoy Swastik, KIIT International School, Bhubaneswar