320 finalists will be chosen, 10 for each age group in each of the 8 Australian States and Territories: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
32 winners will be chosen across the age groups and states/territories.
The public will be asked to vote online for their favourite doodle from each age group, to help select the four national winners.
Dennis Hwang, Google’s Webmaster, will pick the overall national winner out of the four national age group winners.
A judging panel will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria:
Anne Geddes is one of the most respected and acclaimed photographers in the world. A multiple New York Times and internationally bestselling author, Anne Geddes creates images that are iconic, award winning and beloved. Anne was awarded the Professional Photographers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Her books have been published in 83 countries and translated into 24 languages. Anne’s most recent work, Beginnings was awarded the gold medal for best coffee table book in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Now based in Sydney, Anne is looking forward to the launch of her new project in October 2011, as well as the release of several of her bestselling works as eBooks later in the year. For more information, please visit www.annegeddes.com.
Joanna Gilmour has worked in exhibitions and curatorial roles at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney and at museums managed by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Since early 2008, she has been a Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, where she enjoys researching, curating and writing on Australian history, photography and portraiture. Her book on nineteenth century portrait photography, Husbands & Wives, was published in 2010.
Del Kathryn Barton has exhibited widely since 1995. She has held numerous solo exhibitions and her work has also been selected for important group exhibitions in Australia, including Freehand, Recent Australian Drawings, Heide Museum Of Modern Art, Victoria (2010); Wilderness: Balnaves Contemporary Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2010); Feminism Never Happened, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (2010) and Optimism at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery (2008). In 2008 Barton won the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize for portraiture for You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella, a painting of herself and her two children."
At 19 years of age and in the third year of his Media and Communications degree, Jack founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), partnering 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous university student volunteer mentors with 25 Indigenous students from Alexandria Park Community School in a pilot program. Jack has since become the CEO of AIME and in 2011 the program now operates out of 10 universities across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Heading up a group of 35 full-time staff, Jack and the team are currently working with close to 1250 university student volunteers who will mentor over 1250 Indigenous high school students in 2011. The Program is currently increasing the Indigenous rates of school completion and university admission across the East Coast of Australia – to the point where some of our sites are already exceeding local and national averages. At 26 years of age Jack's vision is to see Indigenous high school students finishing school and entering universities at the same rate as their fellow Australians. Jack was the 2010 NSW Young Australian of The Year, has recently been awarded the Young People’s Australian Human Rights Medal Jack and was also the University of Sydney’s 2010 Young Alumni of the Year.
Google doodles, the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on our home page, are the creation of Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang. Since Dennis began celebrating and marking worldwide events and holidays with his doodles in 2000, his work has been seen by millions and reached cult status, with fans waiting with bated breath to see his next creation, and even websites and blogs devoted to his work.