Google Doodle Competition

Google Doodle Competition

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Google has announced a competition that will let an American student “doodle” his or her way to cash for college.

Google announced its sixth annual Doodle 4 Google contest, in which students from pre-school to 12th grade vie to create a winning “doodle”, a creative design playing off the search page logo.

This year’s doodle contest theme is “My best day ever”.

Creativity and imagination

“Each year we have a broad theme to provide some inspiration while letting young artists’ imagination roam free,” Google said in a blog post.

“We hope to give kids a chance to explore themes that could be imaginary, exploratory or even sentimental, past, present or future.”

Big prizes on offer

The winning artwork will be displayed for the Internet world to see at Google.com. Its creator will get $30 000 in scholarship money to help pay for college. Their school will get a $50 000 technology grant.

Doodles can be submitted up to 22 March. Judges will choose a top contender from each American state. The public can vote online at google.com/doodle4google to help determine national finalists.

The panel of judges includes puppeteer and Jim Henson company chairman Brian Henson; journalist and author Katie Couric, and graphic novel author and illustrator Kabu Kibuishi.

More than 114 000 doodles were submitted in last year’s contest, which was won by a 7-year-old boy’s pirate-themed artwork.

Alison Job
Alison Job holds a BA English, Communications and has extensive experience in writing that spans news broadcasting, public relations and corporate and consumer publishing. Find her at Google+.