Love football? Then vote for your favourite Google Doodle...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

To celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off later this month, Google invited young people across New Zealand to show their love for the game by designing a football-inspired Google logo for Google's first-ever global Doodle 4 Google competition. Now the entries are in – and it's time for Kiwis to pick their favourite design.

Young people aged between 4-17 were asked to design their own Google logo inspired by the topic “I love football". From the many New Zealand entries received, 10 have been selected to go up for public vote at

The New Zealand doodle that receives the most votes will be displayed on the Google New Zealand homepage for 24 hours to support the All Whites on the day of their first match on 15 June 2010, and will be viewed by millions of people.

The New Zealand winner will then be entered into the global competition, in which people from around the world will vote for their overall favourite doodle. The winning design will be displayed on the Google homepage of all World Cup participating countries for 24 hours in July 2010. The winner and the runner-up will win amazing prizes, including a holiday to South Africa (the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

While the competition is the first-ever international Doodle 4 Google competition, it’s the second time Kiwis have had the chance to design their own Google Doodle. The inaugural New Zealand Doodle 4 Google competition was held in 2009, where school students were asked to illustrate their vision of “My New Zealand”. 
It was won by Nelson schoolgirl Amelia Abbott, whose doodle was displayed on the Google New Zealand homepage for one day in February 2010.

To cast your vote, head to Voting is open between June 1-7.

New Zealand Doodle 4 Google ‘I Love Football’ Top 10

Sally Bodle, 11, Winton

Bridget Carleton, 10, Winton

Hazel Ellis, 15, Auckland

Georgia Jaques, 12, Hastings

Lachie McLean, 10, Ohaupo

Kendra Munkedal, 10, Te Puke

Holly Pierce, 13, Winton

Joshua Saville, 11, Christchurch

Caleb Simpson, 11, Christchurch

Georgia Smith, 12, Havelock North

What are Google doodles?

The customisation of the Google logo first took place in 1999, and Dennis Hwang and the Google doodle team have since celebrated events, anniversaries and holidays worldwide with doodles that incorporate the Google logo – including ANZAC Day and the anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historical ascent of Mt Everest.

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