Gregory Rogers was born in 1957 in Brisbane, Australia. He studied Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, and had his first major exhibition in 1983, the year in which he won the SGIO Art Award for photography. He illustrated his first book in 1988. He has won a number of awards for his pencil work, but likes to work with pastels, ink and watercolour too. In 1995 Greg won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations in Way Home. He is the first Australian illustrator ever to have won this prestigious British award.