Slovenia on Doodle 4 Google

Google on 23 January with a picture by Maks Lenart Černelč.

When Google launched its first doodle competition open to Slovenian students, pupils from all over Slovenia created their doodles on the topic of "Slovenia and me”. As many as 220 primary schools entered the competition. Pupils in three age groups submitted over 3,000 pictures. The winning doodle will feature on on 23 January 2014.

The competition, which included several stages and selections, ended at the beginning of December. First a judging panel including singer Alenka Godec, painter Ana-Marija Krušič, illustrator Meta Wraber, the Director of City Museum Ljubljana, Blaž Peršin and Head of Projects at the Fiends of Youth Association, Nina Balent selected 30 pictures, 10 in each age group.

Slovenian web users then selected winners of individual categories, while the overall winner was selected by Google’s web designer, illustrator and "doodler" Brian Kaas, who also attended the closing event – the exhibition of pictures by Slovenian pupils in the Ljubljana City Museum.

The doodle that was best preferred by the judging panel, web users and Brian Kaas is the picture entitled Slovenia – Fairytale Land by eight-year old Maks Lenart Černelč, who attends Majda Vrhovnik Primary School in Ljubljana. In a statement for the media, Mr Kaas said that he selected the picture by Maks Lenart Černelč because he felt that it expressed his love of the country. The detailed picture includes many typical and landmark features of Slovenian towns and landscapes.

The winning picture in the age group of 9 -12 years was made by Neža Jeklin from Kanal Primary School, while the picture by Ana Seršen from Preserje pri Radomljah Primary School won in the group of pupils aged between 13 and 15 years. The best doodles are on display in the Ljubljana City Museum by 8 February.

Google already featured a doodle of Kekec, one of the characters created by the Slovenian youth author Josip Vandot (1884-1944) on the occasion of his 130th birth anniversary. Kekec was valiant and brave, and his adventures are still enjoyed by both children and adults. The Kekec doodle was designed by Kaas.