Google has picked the 40 finalists of the Doodle 4 Google art competition and is now letting the public vote for the grand winners.
Kicked off last July, the contest invited kids ages 5 to 17 to submit a Google Doodle answering the theme “What can I do for the Philippines?” Usually done by its own team artists and designers, Google Doodles are creative renditions of the Google logo celebrating special events and people throughout the year.
Judges CJ De Silva, senior art director at TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno; Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year; Ma. Esther Santos, PLDT-Smart Foundation president and Fidelina Corcuera, SVP and executive director of BPI Foundation, narrowed the best 100 doodles in four age groups to 10 from each group.
Voters can visit http://www.google.com.ph/doodle4google until October 30 to select one doodle per age category. At the end of public voting, the doodle with the most number of votes per age group will be selected. One overall winner among the four finalists will then be chosen by Google Doodler Katy Wu and will be announced on 7 November.
The winning doodles will then be featured on Google Philippines’ homepage for 24 hours in November. And if having millions of web users around the world see his/her work isn’t enough, the doodler will also bag a P400, 000 educational grant from the BPI Foundation, an art kit from the National Bookstore and an Acer Chromebook. The winner’s school also will get a P350, 000 technology grant from the PLDT-Smart Foundation.