Illustration Challenge

Gusto & Gecko‘s Illustration Challenge 

Challenge now closed. All entries are in. We received amazing entries from 11 different countries.
Public voting closes midnight 12 October 2014.
Please browse through the entries and vote directly via our facebook album by clicking <HERE>.

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Terms of Entry

Opens 14 July 2014 and closes 30 September 2014


Gusto & Gecko are calling out for talented illustrators to submit two original illustrations for the first book in the “Gusto & Gecko Travel the World” series by Longzhen Han with AUD$500 prize money to be won!

This challenge provides rising illustrators an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your ability to not only create quality illustrations but also relevant to the flow of the story. This challenge will help you gain an introduction into the world of illustrating and potentially an opportunity to be published in a professionally produced children’s book.

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About the book: Gusto & Gecko with Africa’s Big 5

The book is written for children age 5 – 8. The adventure is set in the wilderness of Maasai Mara, Kenya. Readers join Gusto & Gecko on an epic journey to discover animals in the wildebeest migration (namely, Africa’s Big 5) and along the way, learn collective nouns and practice counting!

  • Key words to describe Gusto are: brave, gentle, and spontaneous (the id).
  • Key words to describe Gecko are: reliable, cautious and quick-witted (the super-ego).


What you need to submit

To enter the challenge you will need to submit two illustrations:

  1. one illustration of what you think the two main characters Gusto & Gecko look like; and
  2. one illustration from a scene of the book with the following text:

With Gecko in his pocket shivering with anticipation, Gusto crept quietly into the travel machine.

Both lowered their aviator goggles, licked their dry lips, and waited like sprinters at the starting blocks.



The winning entry will win $500 prize money and the opportunity to be commissioned to complete the total illustrations and a binding design for the first book in the “Gusto & Gecko Travel the World” series.

The anticipated release for the book is in late 2015. The winning illustrator will be acknowledged on the Gusto & Gecko social media channels, and there may be opportunities for him/her to illustrate work in the future.


General Guidelines

  • This challenge is open to illustrators from all over the world over the age of 18, both student and professional.
  • All entries must be the entrant’s own work and not a reproduction of previous works.
  • You agree for your entries and name to be posted on Gusto & Gecko’s related media channels as part of the voting and marketing process.
  • You can use any medium that is suitable for reproduction.
  • Only colour electronic copies of the original artwork should be submitted Original files should be held by the illustrator. These files will be required to be sent only if the illustrator is shortlisted.
  • Entries received after midnight 31 September 2014 will not be eligible.


Note on Submission of entries

  • Please supply digital entries as JPEG images and each image’s file name should include your full name (Firstname_Lastname). Your entry should be emailed to and in your cover email, please include your name, contact details and CV.
  • Please ensure that the digital files combined are no larger than 10MB.
  • After entering you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours – please check your junk folder before sending your entry again.
  • If shortlisted, you will need to supply the original artwork or quality print-outs.


  • All entries will be posted on the Gusto & Gecko Facebook page, select entries on Gusto & Gecko blog and crowd-funding site. For more details, check out Gusto & Gecko’s Facebook page.
  • Public voting on Gusto & Gecko’s Facebook page will form the short-listing process.
  • The illustrations that have the most votes from the public on Gusto & Gecko’s Facebook page will be shortlisted and provided to the judges to decide the finalists.
  • Please note that the judges reserve the right to award a prize to more than one entrant, in which case the prize money may be split between two winners, at the judges’ discretion.
  • The judges’ decision will be final.

If you have any questions, please email:


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