Fifth Doodle 4 Google contest has launched for the K–12 students across the U.S. Google invites entries on or before the deadline of 23 March. Each participant can send only one entry and in case of multiplicity, only the one that arrives first would be considered.

Important dates:
• 18 Jan – 23 Mar: Submission of Doodle entries
• 2 May – 10 May: Online public voting
• 17 May: Award ceremony in New York
• 18 May: The winning Doodle to feature on Google homepage

Google Doodles are modified company logos that relate to famous people’s birthdays, important events, festivals, and holidays in a creative way. First ever Google Doodle was made by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in the year 1998 to honor the ‘Burning Man’, the annual festival of Black Rock Desert in Nevada. With the advancement in technology, simple Doodle modifications become more animated and attractive. Initially, various freelance artistes were invited to design the Doodles until the year 2000, when Dennis Hwang (also known as Hwang Jeong-mok), a webmaster and graphic designer was officially recruited to eventually lead a team of illustrators for this purpose.

In the Doodle 4 Google 2012 competition, the process of selection involves picking up 50 state-level winners from a pool of 250 state-level finalists. Out of these 50 State Winners, five National Finalists would be selected through the online public voting during 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). Finally, a National Winner would be declared from among those five on 17 May and the Doodle would be featured on the Google homepage next day for entire 24 hours. The parameters of judgment are artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication.

The prize for winning the Doodle 4 Google contest includes an amazing amount of US$ 30,000 college scholarship, a trip to New York for the awards ceremony, a Google Chromebook, a Wacom designer tablet, and a T-shirt with the winning Doodle printed on it. The other four national finalists would receive an amount of US$ 5,000 as scholarship along with the other mentioned goodies. State Winners would win the trip and the T-shirt only. Moreover, a technology grant worth US$ 50,000 would be awarded to the full-time school of the winner.

Guest Judges for the contest are Kate Perry, Jeff Marsh, Jordin Sparks, Mo Willems, Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi, Brian Nemeckay, and Jack Martin.

To read the contest rules, other details, and to download the official entry form for Doodle for Google 2012, click here.

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