Judging and Prizes

Finalists will be judged on a age group basis as described below:

Age Group Semi-Finalists Age Group Finalists Age Group Winner Winner
  • 6-8
  • 9-11
  • 12-14
  • 15-17

100 semi - finalists

5 finalists for each age group

20 in total

1 winner for each age group

4 in total

1 competition winner

Age Groups

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following age groups:

  1. Age 6 - 8
  2. Age 9 - 11
  3. Age 12 - 14
  4. Age 15 - 17

Competition levels

100 Semi-Finalists

100 doodles from across the country will be chosen by a panel of Google employees based on which doodles they feel best represent the theme "South Africa of My Dreams".

20 Age Group Finalists

The Guest Judges and Google doodlers will select the best 5 doodles from each of the age groups.

4 Age Group Winners

The South African public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 20 Age Group Finalists. Online voting will take place from November 12th, 2014 6:00 a.m.Central African Time (CAT) to November 26th, 2014 6:00 p.m. Central African Time (CAT). The highest ranking doodler from each age group will be named as a Age Group Winner. We will announce the four Age Group Winners (1 per age group), in an awards ceremony on November 29, 2014.

1 Competition Winner

At the final event, one of the four Age Group Winners will be named the "Competition Winner of Doodle 4 Google South Africa" and the overall winner’s doodle will be featured on the South Africa Google homepage on December 2, 2014 for 24 hours, after being animated by the Doodle team.


1 Competition Winner

The Competition Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the Google South Africa homepage. He or she will be awarded a R100,000 technical grant for their school, an Android tablet, R500 Google Play voucher, a framed copy of his or her doodle, a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it and a Google goodie bag

4 Age Group Winners

Each of the other four Age Group Winners will each receive an Android Tablet, a framed copy of their doodle and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it and a Google goodie bag.

20 Age Group Finalists

Each of the 20 Age Group Finalists will receive a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it and a Google goodie bag.

100 Semi Finalists

Each of the Semi-Finalists will receive an official Doodle 4 Google certificate.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged based on the following three categories:

  • Artistic Merit: based on grade group and artistic skill.
  • Creativity: based on the representation of the theme and use of the Google logo.
  • Theme Communication: How clearly the competition theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement.


  • Doodles that contain copyrighted images or logos will be automatically disqualified.
  • Only one application per student. If more than one is submitted only the first will be considered and those thereafter will be disqualified.