Judging and Prizes

The Doodle 4 Google 'My Adventure...' competition is open to all students attending primary, secondary or Youth Reach schools across each of the four regions in the Republic of Ireland. Our regions are the four provinces: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught.

Class Groups

Doodles will be judged in the following five class groups:

  1. Junior Infants, Senior Infants
  2. 1st, 2nd Class
  3. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Class
  4. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Year
  5. Transition Year, 5th, 6th Year, Youthreach.

Competition levels & prizes

300 semi-finalists

Google employees will select the 300 semi finalists. These will be the best 15 doodles from each of our five class groups across each of the four regions in the Republic of Ireland.

Prizes: Semi-finalists will receive a Doodle 4 Google certificate.

75 finalists

Our expert judges will then select the 75 finalists. These will be the best 15 doodles within each age group.

Prizes: Finalists will receive an invitation to the prize-giving event in March where our winners are announced. They will also receive a framed copy of their doodle, a T-shirt personalised with the image of their doodle, and a Google goody bag. Their doodle will appear on our website for the public vote.

5 class group winners

The public will vote on their favourite doodles beginning on 17th February 2014. Each person may cast one vote for each class group. The public vote will determine winners in every class group.

Prizes: Each of the class group winners will receive a Chromebook as will their teacher.

1 overall winner

Our official Google doodle team, made up of Google web designers, will select the winning doodle from the class group winners. His or her artwork will be displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for 24 hours in March 2014.

Prizes: The winner will also receive a €5,000 college scholarship and their school will receive a €10,000 technology grant.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged based on the following three categories:

  • Artistic Merit: The quality and skill demonstrated in the doodle. The student’s class group is considered when evaluating this category.
  • Creativity: How well the student incorporated the Google logo into his or her illustration. The logo must be readable. Unique and creative uses of the letters, background, foreground, etc. are all taken into account.
  • Theme Communication: How clearly the competition theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement.


Doodles will be disqualified if copyrighted or trademarked images and logos are used. Examples of this would be the Nike “swoosh”, popular characters from shows, movies and books.

Only one application per student. If more than one is submitted only the first will be considered and those thereafter will be disqualified.

There is a limit of six entries per school.

Entries submitted into the wrong class group will be disqualified.