The 8th Google Doodle competition has be won by Akilah Johnson in the United States.
Google announced today the winner of its 8th Doodle 4 Google competition. The Doodle 4 Google Competition challenges young artists to create their own Doodle. The Doodle 4 Google 2016 competition called for submissions around the theme: “What Makes Me… Me.” Kids worked in their medium of choice, delivering uniquely personal and one-of-a-kind submissions.
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Of 100,000 participants coming from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington D.C., five national finalists were chosen to spend the day at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California for the award ceremony.
This year’s winner for the United States is Akilah Johnson from Washington, D.C. Her Doodle is live now on Google.com. Akilah Johnson is just 15 years old. That is a big deal to win against 100,000 competitors.
The teenager describes the motivation behind her artwork: When I was younger, I attended Roots Public Charter School and Roots Activity Learning Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. These schools promote a strong connection to African heritage, and an Afrocentric lifestyle; we regularly celebrated important African American people and I learned a lot about my history as an African American. As I grew older, I realized that the black people that came before us have made us into what we are today. So of course I had to include them in my doodle on the theme “What makes me...me.”
She adds: "My goal with my art was to not only turn heads but souls as well—not only for someone to see it and be amazed by it but also to have them understand and connect with it. My drawing explores childhood themes and then moves into reflections on our society. Everything surrounding the word "Google" depicts my characteristics. Of all the things I chose to include, the six most special to me are the Symbol of Life (the ankh), the African continent, where everything began for me and my ancestors, the Eye of Horus, the word "power" drawn in black, the woman's fist based on one of my favorite artist’s works, and the D.C. flag—because I’m a Washingtonian at heart and I love my city with everything in me!"
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She posted all her thoughts and motivation behind her winning Doodle in this blog post on Google.