In this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest, more than 12,000 students from across the country submitted doodles around the theme “What I see for Canada’s future is…”. Young artists imagined a country where robots could cure disease, others dreamed of living on Mars, while some saw a world united by nature.
Following a very close public vote, where Canadians voted more than 400,000 times, we revealed our four incredibly talented grade group winners at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Of those four masterpieces, 11th-grader Jana Sofia Panem’s Doodle, "A Bright Future" was selected as the national winner!
This year’s winner of Doodle 4 Google Canada with her doodle “A Bright Future” and judges Mitch and Greg of AsapSCIENCE
On June 14th, Canadians can enjoy Jana’s masterpiece on the Google.ca homepage. Google Canada is also honoured to award her with a $10,000 university scholarship and a $10,000 technology award for her school.
Plus, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of YouTube’s AsapSCIENCE shared a surprise award -- as part of her prize, Jana will get to join them in their studio and help draw their next video! This will be an especially lovely treat for Jana, who has a YouTube channel of her own where she shares her animations.
National Winner and Grade 10-12 Group Winner: A Bright Future, Jana Sofia Panem, Toronto, Ontario
In her energetic doodle, Jana sees “that wind power will be an alternative energy source for Canada's future. I believe we will have enough energy to generate power for our everyday lives such as electricity, transportation, and the internet. This transformation will greatly benefit our future generation as it will help to maximize preserving our vital nature and maintain a clean environment.”
Winners and judges of this year's Doodle 4 Google Canada
All the entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme representation. This year’s jury, YouTube stars Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, En Masse co-founder Jason Botkin, president of the National Inuit Youth Council Maatalii Okalik, Google Doodler Sophie Diao, and Stephan Jost, Art Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, had a mammoth task at hand -- selecting the top grade group winners from across the nation. And here they are:
Kindergarten-Grade 3 Group Winner: A Beautiful World, Faizaan Buttar, Surrey, British Columbia
Grade 4-6 Group Winner: A Mechanical Canada, Wesley Babin, Lower Cloverdale, New Brunswick
Grade 7-9 Group Winner: Mother Nature Prospers in Canada, Amélie Fortier, Jonquière, Quebec
Thank you to all those who submitted and to our finalists for sharing your creativity and imagination with us. Let’s wish our national winner, Jana Sofia Panem, another heartfelt congratulations. Her doodle shared a vision of our future that we're proud to share with all Canadians.
Keep on doodling!