Judging and Prizes

All doodles will be categorized and judged based on the student’s grade and regional group. The winners from each regional group will then have a chance to be the overall national winner. Official contest rules and regulations.

Grade Groups and Region Groups

Doodles will be grouped (and then judged) by the following grade groups: Grades K-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-7; Grades 8-9; and Grades 10-12, each within the following 5 regions:

  1. Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  2. Quebec
  3. Ontario
  4. Prairies (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)
  5. British Columbia & The North (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon)

Judging Process

A total of 75 Regional Finalists will be selected by the Jury from among all the entries to advance forward in the competition, made up of 15 per Region, including 3 per Grade Group in each Region.

From among the Regional Finalists, a total of 25 Regional Winners will be selected by the guest judges to advance forward as Regional Winners.

The public online vote will determine the five National Finalists (one per Region).

By applying the criteria below, the Jury will then choose one National Winner from among the five National Finalists.

Competition & Prizes

The National Winner will win a $10,000 university or college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice and a $10,000 contribution to the National Winner’s school; a trip to Toronto on February 25th, 2014 with a parent or guardian; a Chromebook and Google swag bag. The National Winner's Doodle will be displayed on the http://www.google.ca home page in Canada for one day.

All seventy-five (75) Regional Finalists' Doodles will be displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum in a special display to take place in February/March 2014.

Four (4) National Finalists will win a $5,000 university or college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice, a Chromebook, a trip to Toronto on February 25th, 2014 with a parent or guardian, and a Google swag bag.

Twenty (20) Regional Winners will win a trip to Toronto on February 25th, 2014 with a parent or guardian, and a Google swag bag.

Fifty (50) Regional Finalists who did not become Regional Winners will each receive a Doodle 4 Google winner's certificate.

Judging

All entries will be judged by a panel of independent experts and Google employees based on the following judging criteria (out of 10):

  • Artistic Merit: based on grade group, drawing skills and use of colour.
  • Creativity and originality: based on the representation of the "If I could invent anything, I would invent...." theme and use of the Google logo.
  • Theme Communication: based on how well the theme is expressed in the artwork and the supporting statement
  • Adherence to the Doodle Requirements and these Rules.

Disqualifications

Doodles that contain copyrighted images or logos will be automatically disqualified. Only 1 submission per artist: if more than one is received only the first will be considered.