Science without Borders® Challenge

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2022 Science Without Borders® ChallengeThis annual art contest inspires students from all over the world to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues. The theme for this year’s competition is “Ridge to Reef,” and scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded to the winning entries.

Scientists estimate that we have already lost more than half of the world’s coral reefs. To ensure the survival of these vital ecosystems, people can help alleviate the threats to coral reefs by putting different management actions into place. Everything is interconnected from the land to the sea, so people often use what is termed a “Ridge to Reef” management approach. What happens on land, affects the aquatic and ocean ecosystems; therefore, all terrestrial, aquatic, and oceanic ecosystems must be studied, including how humans interact with these ecosystems, to understand how to protect coral reefs.

For this year’s contest, we are asking students to create a piece of artwork that illustrates one or more actions that governments, non-profits, park managers, and indigenous communities can take to preserve and conserve coral reefs. The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has compiled information to help students learn about the theme and gain a better understanding of how coral reefs are managed from Ridge to Reef.

To enter the 2022 Science Without Borders® Challenge, follow the Contest Rules, review the Tips for Success, and upload your artwork to our online Submission Form. The Challenge is open to all students who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). Entries must be received by Monday, March 7, to be eligible to win.

Since the Foundation launched the Science Without Borders® Challenge ten years ago, almost 3,000 students from 88 countries have participated. This year the Foundation hopes to receive more entries than ever before. Help us get the word out about this competition by telling any young artists and teachers you know and encouraging them to apply.

In early 2022, the foundation will host a couple of virtual question and answer sessions about the Science Without Borders® Challenge. Follow us on our websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram for contest announcements.