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.”