Doodle 4 Google contest 2018

Students in Class 1-10 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me?.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive INR 500,000 college scholarship, INR 200,000 technology package for their school, and the winning doodle will be showcased on on 14th November 2018. The contest is open for entries from August 13th to October 6th, 2018 – only 8 short weeks!

How to enter

We’re excited to see some amazing doodles this year. 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 Oct 6, 2018 10:00pm Indian Standard Time (IST), so here’s some information to help you get started:

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle: Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  3. Write:
    1. Doodle description – Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  4. Submit:
    1. Enter the contest.
    2. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).
    3. Detached doodles: If the doodle wasn’t created directly on our entry form, take a high res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

Judging criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

  1. Artistic merit:
    1. Based on artistic skill
  2. Creativity:
    1. Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  3. Theme communication:
    1. How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following 5 class groups:

  • Class 1-2
  • Class 3-4
  • Class 5-6
  • Class 7-8
  • Class 9-10

Competition levels

National Finalists
The Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the 4 best doodles from each of the groups as the national finalists. These 20 finalists will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website.

Five Group Winners
For a period of 14 days prior from 23rd October 2018 to 5th November 2018, the Indian public will vote for their favorite doodle from these 20 national finalists. These votes will help determine the Group Winners.

One National Winner
A cumulative score based on public voting, scores by guest judges and panel of Google executives will choose one of the five group winners and announce the National Winner on 14th November 2018.

Learn more about what the 2018 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page.


  • Doodles that are not original works and doodles that contain copyrighted or trademarked images and logos will be disqualified. Examples of this would be the Nike “swoosh” or popular characters from shows, movies and books.
  • Only one application per student. Only the first doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional doodles will be disqualified.
  • Please read through contest rules for more information.

National Winner

The National Winner will get his/her doodle showcased on He or she will also receive:

  • An INR 500,000 college scholarship
  • An INR 200,000 Technology package for their school
  • Certificate / Trophy of achievement
  • A trip to Google India Office
  • Googley Swag

Group Winners

The four Group Winners, who do not become the National Winner, will have their doodles featured on the Doodle 4 Google gallery. Each Group Winner will receive:

  • Trophy/Medal of recognition
  • Certificate of achievement
  • A trip to Google India Office
  • Googley Swag

National Finalists

All National finalists will have their doodles featured on the Doodle 4 Google gallery, and will receive:

  • Certificate of achievement
  • Googley Swag

About the contest

What is the “Doodle 4 Google” contest?

Doodle 4 Google is an annual contest open to students in Class 1 to 10. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for schools as prizes.

Why did you choose the theme “What inspires me”?

At Google, we find ourselves continuously inspired by the world around us. There is so much beauty to draw from and we would love to see what kids find inspirational!

Why is Google doing this contest?

Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit Past Doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history. Doodle 4 Google offers students of classes 1-10 an opportunity to display their own artwork on

How long has Google been doing this contest?

We’ve been hosting the Doodle 4 Google contest every year in India since 2009. This website shows details for the India only contest, but the Doodle 4 Google contest takes place in many other countries throughout the year as well.

Can I see the previous Doodle 4 Google winners?

Yes! Check here to view previous winners and the last winner’s artwork.

Entry information

Alright, I’m ready. How do I get started?

Check out the instructions on the How it works page and be sure to use the Enter page to send us doodles before the entry deadline.

Who is allowed to enter artwork?

Parents, teachers and legal guardians are welcome to enter artwork on behalf of students of class 1-10. When teachers enter doodles on behalf of their students, the entry form must be signed by each student’s parent or guardian. Teachers can enter multiple doodles at one time, but only one original doodle per student. Regardless of the entry channel, the INR 200,000 technology award will go to the winning student’s school.

Can teachers enter artwork on behalf of their classrooms?

Teachers are welcome to enter doodles on behalf of their class 1-10 students as long as the entry form is signed by each student’s parent or guardian.

Is there a limit to how many doodles a school or parent can enter?

No limit. Though teachers or parents may enter multiple doodles for their classrooms/family at one time, we only accept one original doodle per student.

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

We can only accept one doodle per student. Our judging platform will verify that each doodle entered 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 before entering to avoid duplicative efforts.

Do you accept group entries?

We do not accept doodles that have been created by more than one student. Each doodle should be created by only one student.

Do students have to be Indian citizens to participate?

Yes, at the time of submitting the doodle, the student must be an Indian citizen enrolled in an Indian school and lives in India. He or she must also obtain their parents’, legal guardians’ or teachers prior permission to compete in the contest via a signed entry form.

What materials can be used on the doodle?

Students may create a doodle using any medium or materials. However, please note that doodles will be reviewed and scanned in a two-dimensional (2D) format. If students create a three-dimensional (3D) doodle, please make sure to take a photograph and enter the photograph rather than the original. Original 2D scannable doodles made with materials such as paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, cray-pas, or a 2D collage will be accepted. Computer-generated images will also be accepted. For more information, see the How it works page.

Do doodles have to be drawn directly on the entry form?

No. As long as you are able to take a photo/scan copy of the doodle and combine it with the completed entry form, parents and teachers can enter a doodle created on any material. Parents, teachers, or non-profit leaders can combine the doodle and the entry form by printing hard copies or by digitally editing the photo and the entry form. For more information, check out the How it works page, and when you’re done, use the Enter page to send us completed doodles.

Can I enter the contest online?

Yes. Parents and teachers can also enter 2D doodles online. See the How it works page for detailed instructions, and use the Enter page to enter a doodle via the digital submission form.

Can I tape the doodle to the entry form?

Yes. If the doodle is drawn on another sheet of paper, you can tape it to the official entry form. Just be sure that the tape is clear, the doodle fits above the description, and the information on the bottom of the entry form is visible.

How should the Google logo be incorporated?

Students can trace the logo outline on the entry form, or start from scratch by using any materials they wish. Students are free to design their doodles however they want as long as they use the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. Please note that since the winning doodle will be appearing on as an interactive experience created with the Doodle team, we will be judging 2D and 3D doodles in a 2D format.

Judging and selection process

How is the contest judged?

Please see the Judging section of the How it works page for details about how the contest is judged.

Who are the guest judges?

Each year, we have a panel of guest judges to help us judge Doodle 4 Google. You can learn more about our 2018 panel on the Judges page.

Is the public involved in the voting process?

Yes. Once the entry period is closed and our judges have narrowed the field to the 20 best doodles, the public will be invited to vote online. Voters will be asked to select their favorite doodles, one from each class group. Help spread the word for your favorite doodles by sharing them with your friends and family.


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