Doodle 4 Google India 2018 | Contest Ends on 6th October

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Does art inspire you? Clouds that look like faces? Trees that look like humans? Paper Planes? Discovering new galaxies? Artists have looked to the world around them for centuries to gain inspiration. This year’s Doodle 4 Google asks students to do the same and inviting students to share their doodles based on the theme ‘What Inspires Me?’ The winning doodle will be showcased on page and the winner will win loads of prizes.

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 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.


Win a range of exciting prizes!

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 author

manoj pathania

Manoj Pathania is a designer/front-end developer with 8+ years of experience. Other than front-end coding, he loves to write on design trends. He can be reached at

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