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Winning Google doodle imagines poaching-free SA

Katya Ludick won the Doodle 4 Google competition with over 6,000 votes.

Katya Ludick won the Doodle 4 Google competition with over 6,000 votes. Picture: Google.

JOHANNESBURG - A brightly coloured Google doodle today debuted on the multimillion dollar corporation's search engine site, illustrating both South Africa's talented youth and iconic wildlife.

A few months ago Google asked school children across the country to depict the 'South Africa of their dreams' in doodle form.

Katya Ludick, Hoërskool Noordheuwel won by 6,349 votes.

Ludick says, "The SA Flag is proudly represented in the Google letters. The reflection symbolises 20 years of freedom. In my South African dream, there is no more poaching. We must fight for those that can't speak. Conservation is our future."

Twenty finalists were flown to a special awards ceremony in Johannesburg where the winners received prizes including Android tablets and Google Play vouchers.

Category Winner in the 6-8 years category was Kayleigh Breytenbach from Laerskool Sabie, Mpumalanga with 3,798 votes.

Category Winner in the 9-11 years category was Zehiye Rahman from Clarendon Preparatory School, Selborne East London with 2,986 votes.

Category Winner in the 15-17 year category was Alexandra Wuzyk from Hoërskool Secunda with 4,395 votes.