About the competition

What is the “Doodle 4 Google” competition?

Doodle 4 Google is a competition open to primary, lower secondary and upper secondary students of Singapore schools to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme for the doodles is "Singapore, the next 50 years"

Why is Google doing this competition?

Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage. Who better to surprise and delight than talented and creative young artists! Google would not exist today if it weren’t for creativity, passion, and imagination so we love to celebrate and promote these values in our younger users.

Is this the first time you’ve done Doodle 4 Google?

We’ve been hosting the Doodle 4 Google competitions in many countries. This is the second time we are running Doodle 4 Google in Singapore.

How can I submit a Doodle?

See all the instructions in the submission page.

Entry information

Who is allowed to submit artwork on behalf of the student?

We welcome submissions from parents, teachers, and after school programs. We just ask that the entry is accompanied by a completed official entry form signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Like last year, parents are encouraged to submit their children’s work directly for the contest. If you are a parent, we ask that you check with your child’s school first to see if they are participating, to avoid duplicate entries. Your child must be enrolled in a Singapore based school serving in primary, lower secondary and upper secondary to participate in the contest.

Is there a limit to how many doodles a school, after school program or parent can submit?

There is no limit to how many doodles each school, after school program or parent can submit. However, please remember we only accept one original doodle per student.

What happens if two doodles are submitted from the same student?

We can only accept one doodle per student. Our judging platform will verify that each doodle submitted is in fact a unique entry. If we receive two entries from the same student, we will accept the doodle that was received first. Any other entries from the same student will be disqualified. We ask that all parents check in with their child’s school first before submitting to avoid duplicative efforts.

How long do I have to submit my child or student’s doodle?

The contest launched on 23/04/2015. Doodle submission along with a completed entry form signed by a parent or guardian are due on 8/6/2015.

Can I just draw the doodle on a blank sheet of paper?

Unfortunately, no. The doodle must be a completed on the downloaded template.

I’d like to use Photoshop for my entry. Is that possible?

Yes, you can use Photoshop. Create your doodle in a new document 1894 pixels high by 2960 pixels wide at 300 dpi. When you are finished, simply open the second page of the PDF in Photoshop and use it as the background layer for a new document and paste your digital doodle in as a second layer. If necessary, move and resize your doodle to fit inside the doodle box. Don’t change the size of the document from the original PDF, and you should be able to print it, and then fill in the few fields on that page by hand. Hand written entries will be accepted.

FOR TEACHERS: If you’d like to have your class participate using Photoshop, you can create a document with the background pasted in for your students to use as their canvas.

What materials are acceptable to be used on the doodle?

Eligible Doodles must be two-dimensional and scannable. This includes any artistic material that will remain flat on the page. This could include: paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or cray-pas. Computer-generated images are also accepted. This means that any materials that may cause the image to be three-dimensional will not be accepted. This may include, but is not limited to, materials such as puff paint, stickers, pipe cleaners, macaroni, sequins, glitter, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and pom-poms.

Do I have to use plain white paper to print out the entry form and draw my Doodle?

While white paper is best, you can utilize other light-colored papers. Papers with light patterns are ok too – just be sure your Doodle is clear and the pattern doesn’t interfere. You can also use a thicker paper stock if you like, but it must be paper, not cardboard or foam board.

Judging & Selection Process

How's the contest judged?

Students’ doodles are judged by a combination of the public, Google employees and a panel of guest judges.

Judging Process:

  • (Round 1) Shortlisting by Google Singapore representatives
  • (Round 2) Guest judging
  • (Round 3) Public voting
  • (Round 4) Final winner selected by Google's central doodle team

What criteria will be used to select the winning doodle?

To narrow the entries down to the top Winners, eligible doodles are judged by Google employees and our “Guest Judges” against the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit: based on grade group and artistic skill
  • Creativity: based on the representation of the theme and use of the Google logo
  • Theme communication: how well the theme is expressed
  • Appropriateness of the supporting statement.

Is the public involved in the voting process?

Yes. The public will be invited to vote online from 23/6/2015 to 3/7/2015.