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Paul Cézanne logo kicks off Doodle 4 Google student competition

Create your own Google logo, such as today's Paul Cézanne doodle, and you could win thousands of dollars.

By / January 19, 2011

Google's tribute to artist Paul Cézanne.

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Hey, students! Think you can design a better Google logo than today's professionally-done Paul Cézanne painting? Prove it and you could win a hefty scholarship.

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Today, Google announced its fourth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. The contest asks students across the country to draw, sketch, Photoshop, or finger paint their own Google logo. Winning entries will earn a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school. At least one talented kid will have his or her picture posted on the Google homepage.

"In the spirit of thinking big, our theme this year is 'What I’d like to do someday...'—giving all of the talented young dreamers an opportunity to flex their creative muscles," writes Google VP Marissa Mayer in an official blog post. "We know this crop of students will be the generation of tomorrow’s leaders and inventors, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with."

Student masterpieces will be judged by Google staff and three celebrity judges: actress Whoopi Goldberg, ice skating champ Evan Lysacek, and "Garfield" creator Jim Davis.

Last year, third grader Makenzie Melton had her drawing hung on the biggest fridge of them all. Check out her entry here. Also, if you're looking for inspiration, take a peek at these classic Google doodles: There was Dizzy Gillespie, the Thumbelina flipbook, and the H.G. Wells tribute.

The deadline is March 16, but students must be registered by March 2. Here are the full details.

IN PICTURES: Google's doodles

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