A few weeks ago, in Oodles of Oz Google doodles, I wrote about Google’s competition for an Australian school to design the Google Doodle – those cool little pics that replace the logo on the Google homepage from time to time to celebrate historical and popular people and events – for Australia Day in 2010.

The competition has ended, and judged, by Google’s Dennis Hwang, who was the original person responsible for the Google Doodle. Dennis picked Jessie Du from Rydalmere East Public School, Sydney NSW, as the winner. You can Jessie’s design in the picture above.

In his judgement, Dennis said: “Jessie’s doodle stood out to us because of the creative way she incorporated the animals into the logo, and the warmth in her drawing. It’s a beautiful illustration that highlights the need to conserve Australia’s heritage and wonderful natural environment.”

In addition to the design itself, the entrants also had to write a few lines explaining their thinking behind the design. Jessie’s submission was, “Our native animals make our great country unique and should they become extinct or threatened this would be appalling to everyone. The night sky studded with stars signifies that we must stop polluting the air so we can see the beautiful, gleaming stars. The flag represents peace with countries.”

The prize is $10,000, to be put toward buying technology equipment for the school.

Congratulations Jessie, and also well done to all the finalists, listed below:

  • Madeline Hunter, Deanmore Primary School, Scarborough WA (Years 1-3)
  • Sophie Fayle, St Monica’s Primary, Weetangera ACT (Years 1-3)
  • Emma McCulloch, Princes Street Primary, Hobart TAS (Years 1-3)
  • Tiarnagh Montague, St Brendan’s Catholic School, Blue Haven NSW (Years 1-3)
  • Ferryn Sutantio, Mill Park Heights Primary School, Mill Park VIC (Years 1-3)
  • Ronnie Fellows-Smith, Scotch Junior School, Cottesloe WA (Years 1-3)
  • Cate Ostwald, St Peter’s School, Allenstown QLD (Years 1-3)
  • Annie Wilson, Blakewell Primary School, Plamerston NT (Years 1-3)
  • Jessie Du, Rydalmere East Public School, Ermington NSW (Years 4-6)
  • Ben Wilkinson, Malvern Central School, Malvern VIC (Years 4-6)
  • Jesse Van Ommen, St Brigid’s School, Wynyard TAS (Years 4-6)
  • Courteney Hooper, St Joseph’s School, Clare SA (Years 4-6)
  • Ryan Dos Santos, Jinbara State School, Brisbane QLD (Years 4-6)
  • Suzannah Southwell, Torrens Primary School, Molwson ACT (Years 4-6)
  • Gabriel Emblard, St Paul’s Primary, Alawa NT (Years 4-6)
  • Izabella Burger, Newton Primary School, Spearwood WA (Years 4-6)
  • Kyle Griffin, Warilla High School, Shellharbour NSW (Years 7-8)
  • Jack Tea, St John’s Park High School, NSW (Years 7-8)
  • Georgia Green, Our Lady of the Visitation, North Haven SA (Years 7-8)
  • Cassandra Mohell, Circular Head Christian School, TAS (Years 7-8)
  • Annie Hogan, Padua College, Mt Eliza VIC (Years 7-8)
  • Darcy McBean, Kormilda College, Katherine NT (Years 7-8)
  • Amanda Chiam, Parkwood Primary, Canningvale WA (Years 7-8)
  • Rebekah Schalcher, Blackbutt State School, Blackbutt QLD (Years 7-8)
  • Ebony Borg, Mary Mackillop College, Wetherill Park NSW (Years 9-10)
  • Emilie Tan, St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba QLD (Years 9-10)
  • Jaimi Langford, St John’s Grammar, Eden Hills SA (Years 9-10)
  • Molly Grincais, St Michael’s Collegiate, Lindisfarne TAS (Years 9-10)
  • Nicholas Mills-Thorn, Calwell High School, Theodore ACT (Years 9-10)
  • Priyam Khare, Willetton High School, Willetton WA (Years 9-10)
  • Phoebe Robinson, Kormilda College, Katherine NT (Years 9-10)
  • Topaz Turkenitz, The King David School, Melbourne VIC (Years 9-10)