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Google doodle contest winner now features animation

The winner of Google's annual Doodle 4 Google contest is featured on the search engine giant's homepage today. Audrey Zhang, a 5th-grader from New York, created the doodle, which was chosen from among 100,000 entries.

The 11-year-old's work of art, incorporating the Google logo, will be showcased for 24 hours and seen by millions of users.

This year marks the first time in the history of the 5-year-old contest that animation has been added to the winner's original artwork.  Audrey helped in that process.

The fifth-grader spent a day at the company's Mountain View headquarters brainstorming ideas for the animation with the doodle team, "sketching on paper and digitally," Liat Ben-Rafael, Doodle 4 Google program manager, told the Los Angeles Times. "What resulted is incredibly vibrant."

Her artwork, "Back to Mother Nature,"  depicts a purifier that pulls in polluted water and transforms it. Audrey will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and her elementary school gets a $50,000 technology grant. 

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