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Doodle 4 Google: Meet the kid behind today's hand-drawn homepage

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(Read caption) Doodle 4 Google winner Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco submitted this portrait of 'Space Life.'

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Earlier this year, Google opened voting for the Doodle 4 Google contest, an annual showdown between school-age artists nationwide. Today, Google announced the winner: "Space Life," a gleefully weird interplanetary portrait created by Matteo Lopez, a seven-year-old from South San Francisco, California. Matteo had stiff competition –– tens of thousands of images were submitted, and five million votes were cast.

"Matteo’s doodle of the Google logo artfully depicts a trip to space, walking on the moon, and even making friends with aliens," Google executive Marissa Mayer wrote on the official Google blog. "Matteo has already soared to great heights, rising to the top of the more than 107,000 submissions sent in from all over the country." Mayer went on to list three national finalists: Joseph Eugene Miller of Wilmington, N.C.; Justas Varpucanskis from Mokena, Ill.; and Hannah Newsom in Fayetteville, Ark.

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