FAQ

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 Malaysia schools to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme for the doodles is 'Celebrating Malaysia's diversity...'

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 Doogle 4 Google in Malaysia.

How can I submit a doodle

Please find all instructions within the submissions page here.

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 application form is completed and signed off by the student’s parent, teacher or guardian. 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.

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.

Criteria for the students to participate?

Students that are registered in Malaysian schools (including public, private and international schools), within the segments of primary, lower secondary and upper secondary are eligible.

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

The contest launched on 1 June, 2017. Doodle submission along with a completed entry form signed by a parent or guardian are due on 31 July, 2017.

Can I just draw on a blank A4 sheet of paper?

Yes, the Doodle should be submitted on an A4 sized sheet of paper with a white or light colored background. The Doodle must be sent with the completed application form with a parent/guardian's signature.

What materials are acceptable to be used on the doodle?

Eligible doodles must be two-dimensional. 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. 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. If the Doodle is 3 dimensional, you can take a picture of it and submit that picture. Videos and gifs will not be accepted.

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 utilise 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?

Doodles are judged by a combination of Google employees, guest judges, the public and Google's doodle team.

Judging Process

First, Google Malaysia employees will shortlist the best doodles from each of the age groups. These selected doodles will be judged by guest judges, who will shortlist the finalists for each age group. The public will then determine a category winner in each age group by voting online. Our official Google Doodle team, made up of Google web designers, will select the winning Doodle from the age group category winners. This winning doodle will be shown on the Google Malaysia homepage.

What criteria will be used to select the winning doodle?

To narrow the entries down to the top winners, eligible doodles are judged on 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.