Google opens eighth Doodle 4 Google contest; K-12 students from US invited to submit their doodles

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American tech giant Google recently launched the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google contest for students. Aiming to let contestants express themselves in different creative ways, the contest comes with the tagline “What makes me… me.”

“From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we’re asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day,” the website for Doodle 4 Google indicated for this year’s contest.

Running until December 7, the doodling contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Any material can be used, but the letters that spell Google must be incorporated in the doodle. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the piece will be featured on Google.com.

As reported by PC Mag, aside from a doodle, students also need to write a 50-word description of their work. The illustration can then be photographed, scanned, or drawn directly on the application to be submitted. Winners from the 50 states of the United States will be displayed on an online gallery and voting will start in February 2016.

Google partnered with Discovery Education to make this year’s contest possible.

According to the multinational tech company, over 2,000 doodles have been created for the worldwide homepages of Google. The tradition started in 1998 when founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin doodled the corporate logo during the Burning Man Festival. After two years, Dennis Hwang, current webmaster, was asked to come up with a doodle for Bastille Day. Because it was received well by users, Google now releases illustrations for different events.

Those who have ideas that they want to pitch to the company but are ineligible to join the contest can send an email to [email protected]