17:49 14th Nov, 2012
Doodle 4 Google India 2012 Winners Announced; Best Entry Is Titled "India - A Prism Of Multiplicity"
Winning doodle is on Google India homepage; national prize goes to Arun Kumar Yadav of Standard IX from Chandigarh.
The winners for the Doodle 4 Google India 2012 contest were declared today, just under a month and a half after it was announced. The contest saw 2 lakh entries from across the country. Arun Kumar Yadav, a Standard IX student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, was adjudged the national prize winner out of 13 finalists, all of whom received a Samsung tablet, certificate of achievement, and a framed reproduction of the winning doodle. Arun's winning entry is based on this year's theme, Unity in Diversity. It is on the Google India homepage all day today; 14th November is celebrated as Children's Day in India.
Arun's entry, titled India — A prism of multiplicity, is an expression of considerable creative imagination. It is explained thus: "India has diverse cultures, religions, languages, customs and traditions. This diversity can be witnessed in enthusiasm for sports; unique folk culture; extraordinary remarkable handicrafts; wide range of flora and fauna; agricultural practices with worldwide farming output; unparalleled spices and cuisines... Such colossal diversities represent India's oneness".
For those who came in late, Doodles are creative interpretations of the Google logo that appear on certain special days to commemorate historic or seasonal events. They have been appearing even before Google officially became a company in 1998. The annual Doodle 4 Google competition is open to students from standards I to X across Indian schools; students submit unique versions of Google's logo based on the theme for the year.
This year, 13 of the submitted entries were shortlisted by a panel of faculty members from various art schools, and announced on the 29th of October. An online public vote for the doodles was held from 29th October to 3rd November. Three winners, one each from Group 1 (Standards I-III), Group 2 (IV-VI), and Group 3 (VII-X), were chosen as popular choice winners. Dennis Hwang (the man responsible for creating Google's original doodles), along with the jury — comprising veteran cartoonist Ajit Ninan and actor Boman Irani — selected Arun as the overall winner.
The three popular choice winners according to age-based groups are Vasudevan Deepak from Devgiri CMI Public School, Calicut (Group 1), Shravya Manjunath from Mitra Academy, Bangalore (Group 2), and S Preetham Paum from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, TPT Branch, Vishakhapatnam (Group 3). The finalists' doodles are at this page. The three winning entries are in the image gallery below.
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