For the very first time in South Africa, Google has dedicated a Doodle inspired by the country’s 20 years of Freedom. Schoolchildren from across the country were invited to enter Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” competition by submitting an artistic creation that portrays the “South Africa of Their Dreams.”
After receiving thousands of entries, local celebrity judges had the difficult task of selecting their top 20 Doodles. Choosing the best “was incredibly tough” guest judge Sven Ruygrok, told Who’s Who. “Not only are you working within age groups, but art as a whole is always subjective. As judges we also did not get to see the concept description for the art work. We truly were just looking at the final product.”
Speaking about the judging criteria and entries received, the actor said, “A lot of the ideas centered around what South Africa is known for; the Big 5, mountain ranges, culture etc. But what I was really looking for was the DREAM! Not what we as a country already have, but what young people, the future of our South Africa are hoping and longing for in the near future”.
Now the finalists’ fate rests in the hands of the public who have the opportunity to vote for their favourite doodle. Encouraging the public to vote, Sven said a competition such as this “is a great platform to see the minds of the young generation. Vote for the Dream! Vote to keep hope alive in South Africa. Hope gives air to possibilities and wings to a better future.”
Voting is open until 26 November 2014. The winning doodle will appear on Google’s homepage on 02 December 2014 and the winner will walk away with a technical grant valued at R100 000 to go towards his/ her school.
For more on the competition and to vote visit: Doodle4Google.