Art Competition

Orang-Artan Competition for the wild child in your life!

Get creative and help rescue orangutans from the illegal wildlife trade, and this year our competition theme is "Wildlife of Sumatra and Borneo" 

Do you have a wild child climbing the walls? Are you a teacher who loves art, science, conservation or all of the above? You’re invited to take part in our annual international Orang-Artan Competition! At the same time, you’ll be helping rescue young orangutans from the illegal wildlife trade, giving them a second chance at a life of freedom in the wild.

With three age ranges and cool prizes to be won, any child aged 4 to 12 can put on their creative cap, choose their favourite colours, and go wild! Read on to find out how to register an individual Wild Child or a Class Group of up to 30 students. Let's do it for the orangutans!

Orang-Artan Competition - How does it work?

  1. To register a child or class group, please click on the age group of the child or class below.
  2. See the registration costs below - you can make payment in any of the following currencies: US dollars, Australian dollars, New Zealand dollars, Canadian dollars, British pounds, Euro
  3. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you the guidelines so your children or students can start making orang-art!
  4. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see tons of photos of orangutans and updates about the competition.
  5. Please submit your child’s or students' artwork via email at by Friday 12 November 2021.
  6. Your child's entry should be of species or ecosystems found on the islands of Sumatra or Borneo.
  7. Our team with a background in art will develop a shortlist.
  8. Our judging panel will assess the shortlists in each age category and decide on First, Second and Third Prizes for each age category.

We'll announce winners in all three age categories at a special live-streamed ceremony in early December - and you'll all be invited!

Register a single Wild Child
Register a Class or Group of up to 30 children

Teachers, if you'd like to register more than one class or even a whole school, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Email us at and we'll be in touch to discuss.

Check out some of last year’s master pieces!

How your registration fee helps these wild people of the forest…

Every year, our rescue alliances help to save baby orangutans who have been stolen from their mothers for the illegal wildlife trade. The illegal pet trade is one of the key threats to Critically Endangered orangutans, and all funds raised through Orang-Artan Competition will go towards saving even more orangutans.

This year, our rescue alliances have rescued more than eight orphaned babies, and we hope with your help to rescue more! Jainul was rescued in April this year after being kept as a pet by a local family in a village in East Kalimantan. After a lot of love and care, Jainul is now learning how to climb and swing in the baby playground. 

Sweet young Devi was saved from a lifetime of being fed poor quality food as a ‘pet’. It is a long and difficult journey to rescue, rehabilitate and release an orangutan, but worth all the blood sweat and tears when you see little ones like Devi live without fear at our rescue centre.

Our youngest orangutans, Siti and Sudin, narrowly escaped the wildlife trade, and were rescued just before they were loaded onto a ferry to be transported overseas. Now safe from the illegal wildlife trade, they’re able to climb trees every day, developing the vital skills they will need when they return to the jungle.

Orang-Artan Judges

Orang-Artan Competition Judges

Meet our panel of professional judges! We’re so excited these professional illustrators, artists and curators are judging the final shortlist in all age categories. Our judges have  published and illustrated books and worked in the arts industry for many years, and they're all passionate about children's art, nature and orangutans!

Emma Quay

Emma Quay is an illustrator and writer of many award-winning picture books; her memorable characters for My Sunbeam Baby, Rudie Nudie, Baby Bedtime, Shrieking Violet, Bear and Chook, Daddy’s Cheeky Monkey, Good Night, Me and Scarlett, Starlet are favourites on children's bookshelves all over Australia. Her brand-new title for young children, Rudie Nudie Christmas, will be released in October 2020.

Emma grew up in the English countryside and has wanted to illustrate children's books for as long as she can remember. She works from a studio in her home and sometimes feels like she barely leaves it, but her illustrative work is held in collections around the world, including the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. You can read more about Emma and on her website at or follow her on Facebook or Instagram. Goodnight, Me, illustrated by Emma, forms part of our First Prize in the 3-5 age group.


Ben Pearmain

Ben is an illustrator and kid's creative writing tutor from Melbourne. He has worked on children's book covers, band posters, logo design, typography, zines and comics. He’s also animated a comedy series and a music video and helped design an e-learning program for Deakin University. Ben is a keen amateur naturalist who has been fascinated with apes since childhood and counts seeing real wild orangutans in Borneo as one of the most amazing experiences of his life. 

Ben is contributing a brand new piece of artwork of a male orangutan, which he has drawn especially for our inaugural Orang-Artan Competition. This one-of-a-kind picture will form part of the First Prize in our 9-11 age group. You can check out Ben’s artwork at here and follow him on Facebook or Instagram.


Eggpicnic (Camila & Chris)

Eggpicnic is a Sydney-based design studio devoted to wildlife conservation set up by designers and birders, Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso. They produce fine art prints and public art to end wildlife extinction through education. Creating characters that tread a fine-line between art and design, they aim to capture the beauty of the natural world with the hope of inspiring others to protect it. They actively support conservation programs, with profits from their work donated to support scientific research.

Simple yet striking, their work has been transformed into large-scale public art by the City of Sydney, in Sydney Olympic Park and Bondi Beach, bringing nature back into the urban environment. In 2019 they were recognised for their artistic excellence by the Sydney Opera House, becoming the first winners of their Uncovered Program, with their work selected as the best in the category of Prints, Photography and Art. They work with local and international scientists, with their work exhibited in New York in 2019 as part of New York Audubon’s Summer Exhibition and at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in 2019 and 2020. They take part in Key Biodiversity Area surveys, helping to collect data on the ground for research and policy implementation purposes. Their collection features over 200 species of Australian birds including Australia’s critically endangered, vulnerable and iconic fauna. You can read more about Eggpicnic and see their gorgeous illustrations at their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Tracey McIrvine

Tracey McIrvine has been the Visual Arts Manager and Resident Artists Studio Manager at Gasworks Arts Park since 2009, and a Creative Development facilitator since 2000. Her work over the past 20 years has involved project management, exhibition implementation, professional development programs & workshops in the public and private arts sectors. 


Competition Terms & Conditions

  • Individual Wild Child registration fee as follows (and can be paid in any of the following currencies):
    • $7 Australia (AUD)
    • $7 New Zealand (NZD)
    • $7 Canada (CAD)
    • $5 United States (USD)
    • €6 Europe (EURO)
    • £5 United Kingdon (GBP)

To register more than one child, please change the amount of tickets required on our website.

  • Class Group registration fee as follows (and can be paid in any of the following currencies):
    • $85 Australia (AUD)
    • $85 New Zealand (NZD)
    • $75 Canada (CAD)
    • $65 United States (USD)
    • €50 Europe (EURO)
    • £50 United Kingdon (GBP)

If you can't make payment online please contact our team for alternative payment methods.

  • Please submit only one piece of artwork per child.
  • Submissions open Friday 10 September and close Friday 12 November 
  • Your child's entry should be of species or ecosystems found on the islands of Sumatra or Borneo.
  • Please scan or photograph artwork and submit as a jpeg only.
  • Please submit artwork via email to by Friday 12 November 2021
  • The shortlist will be judged by professional artists and illustrators.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • Family members of TOP volunteers are welcome to enter. 
  • Family members of TOP staff, Board members, volunteers on the Orang-Artan21 Project Team will not be eligible for a prize, but are welcome to enter artwork for the fun of it!

Prizes - more still to be announced!

  • Orangutan artwork created by professional artists
  • Cute cuddly orangutan toys
  • Certificate for children to print out

We will award prizes for winners in each age group. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook and Instagram as we'll be announcing even more prizes!