How it works

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what you’re grateful for.

Judging Criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

  1. Artistic merit: Based on artistic skill
  2. Creativity: Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the Doodle
  3. Theme communication: How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following 5 grade groups:

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below.

  1. State and Territory Winners: Ten or more winners for each grade group, 54 in total
  2. National Finalists: One finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  3. National Winner: Featured on

Competition Levels

Fifty-Four State and Territory Winners The Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best Doodle from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands as the State and Territory winners. These 54 State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle for Google website.

Five National Finalists For a period of 5 days, the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will vote for their favorite Doodle from the 54 State and Territory Winners. These votes will help determine the National Finalists.

One National Winner A panel of Google employees will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner in June.

Learn more about what the 2023 winners and finalists will receive on the prizes page.


  • Doodles that are not original works, contain logos, or copyrighted imagery will be disqualified.
  • Only one application per student. Only the first Doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional Doodles will be disqualified.
  • Please read through contest rules for more information.