2016 Doodle4Google Contest

Let the Doodling Commence!

Homeschool students in grades K-12 can enter their “Doodles” in the 2016 Doodle4Google contest from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.

If your kid has a particular talent for dawdling over their school work by doodling, it could actually give them an advantage in the Doodle for Google contest.

The winner’s doodle will appear on Google.com and one national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, other winners will receive some great prizes including smaller college scholarships.

Students can use any materials to doodle a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future” while incorporating the word “Google” into their doodle, of course.

Enter the contest for great prizes and for the satisfaction of a doodle well-doodled for Google.


Information From Google:

From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can use any materials to bring their creation to life.

Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e.

Photographing a Doodle

Be sure to check the following:

  • Resolution: Use the highest quality setting on your camera. Your image should be at least 300 dpi.
  • Lighting: Make sure the doodle is well lit and free of glare and unnecessary shadows.
  • Composition: Position the camera so that the doodle fills the frame and there are no visual distractions in the background.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following:

  • Artistic merit: based on artistic skill
  • Creativity: representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  • Theme communication: how well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be judged by the following grade groups:

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis. There will be ten or more State and Territory Winners for each group, for a total of fifty-three winners. There will be one National Finalist for each age group – five in total. There will be one National Winner whose doodle will be featured on the Google homepage.

Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best doodle from each of the fifty states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam as the State and Territory Winners.

These State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website.

For fourteen days prior to March 1, 2017, the U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the fifty-three State and Territory Winners, choosing one in each grade group.

These votes will help decide the National Finalists!

A panel of Google employees will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner and the National Finalists prior to March 31, 2017.


National Winner

The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage for one day. He or she will receive:

  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 Google for Education Technology Award for their school or non-profit organization
  • A trip to the Google Headquarters in California
  • A Chromebook
  • An Android tablet

National Finalists

The four National Finalists who do not become the National Winner will have their doodles featured in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. Each National Finalist will receive:

  • A $5,000 college scholarship
  • A trip to the Google Headquarters in California
  • An Android tablet

State and Territory Winners

The 48 State and Territory winners who do not become National Finalists will have their doodles included in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. Each State and Territory Winner will receive:

  • An Android tablet

Learn more about what the 2016 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page HERE.


  • Doodles that are not original works and doodles that contain logos will be disqualified.
  • Only one application per student. Only the first doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional doodles will be disqualified.

How to Enter

Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg.

The contest is open for entries until December 2, 2016 at 12:00pm PST, so here’s some information to help you get started:

  • Download or print the entry form HERE.
  • Doodle: Have artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  • Write: artists need to write a 50-word statement describing their doodle, their message behind the artwork, or their artistic process.
  • Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.

Combine: If the doodle wasn’t created directly on the entry form, take a digital photo or scan of the doodle and combine it with the entry form.

If you’re submitting a digital entry, save the completed entry form as a .png, or .jpg.



Remember the Deadline to Enter this contest is December 2, 2016 at 12 p.m. PST.

Happy Doodling!

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