Thousand of entries were received from more than 600 schools across the country for the first ever New Zealand Doodle 4 Google competition and Amelia Abbott never imagine she will be the winner.
Amelia Abbott, a student at Hampden Street School, Nelson, was chosen as the inaugural national winner for her Google doodle, ‘Green and Gorgeous’, which will appear on the Google.co.nz homepage for one day in 2010, to be enjoyed by millions of Google users.
Her ‘doodle’ was one of 20 winners selected last month by judges Charlotte Huddleston, Te Papa’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Huffer founder Steve Dunstan and Erin Simpson, host of TV2’s The Erin Simpson Show.
The top 20 entries were then posted online at www.google.co.nz/doodle4google for the New Zealand public to vote for their favourites.
More than 40,000 votes were cast to identify four age group winners, from which one overall national winner was selected by Dennis Hwang, Google’s Webmaster and original Doodler, who was guest of honour at the final event.
Dennis Hwang says, “The standard of entries was extraordinarily high, and choosing just one national winner was hard. I loved Sophie’s bold use of colour, the way Emily thought outside the square with her beautifully-crafted ‘Google kiwi’ and how Abigail was able to tie in elements of the New Zealand landscape that are obviously very special to her.
“Our winner Amelia created a beautiful doodle that showed innovative use of animals and Kiwi icons as the Google letters to communicate her vision of New Zealand nature, and I would have been proud to see it come out of our Google doodle team. I look forward to seeing it on the Google.co.nz homepage in 2010.”
Amelia and her fellow winners’ doodles can be viewed at www.google.co.nz/doodle4google. Visitors to Te Papa can also view these doodles in the Our Space area as well as on the giant Our Space TelstraClear screen on the outside of the complex next to Te Papa’s main entrance.
Doodle 4 Google – run by Google in association with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – asked New Zealand students from Years 1 through 10 to give the Google logo a uniquely Kiwi makeover, inspired by the theme ‘My New Zealand’.