International Student Art ContestSWB Challenge 2019

The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international art contest that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. 

The Science Without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

The theme for the 2019 Science Without Borders® Challenge is “Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders.” There are no barriers, boundaries, or borders in the ocean, and although we often list the oceans separately, they are all interconnected to each other, forming one global ocean. For this year’s contest, students were asked to use their artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how the ocean is connected.


2019 Middle School Finalists

2019 High School Finalists


Previous Science without Borders® Challenge Winners:

Science without Borders® Challenge 2018 High School Finalists
2018 High School Winner: The Last Coral Reef

SWB Challenge 2018 Middle School Semi-finalists
2018 Middle School Winner: Saviour of Human Beings

First Place: Liberty Turtle (Libertatum testudo graeca) by Rebecca Kneale, Age 15, New Zealand
2017 High School Winner: Liberty Turtle (Libertatum testudo graeca)

First Place: A Fish Coral Reef by Nikita Bagrintsev, Age 11, Russia
2017 Middle School Winner: A Fish Coral Reef

First Place: What Goes On Your Plate by Ruofei Rao, Age 17, New Zealand
2016 High School Winner: What Goes On Your Plate

2016 international art competition
2016 Middle School Winner: Fishing Disaster

2015 High School Winner: Treasure Reef
2015 High School Winner: Treasure Reef

First Place: Rachel Shen, Age 13, Ontario, Canada; Preserve to Survive the Struggles
2015 Middle School Winner: Preserve to Survive the Struggles

2014 SWOB Winner - Reef in a Bottle
2014 Winner – Reef in a Bottle

2013 SWOB Winner - How Tennessee Affects the Oceans
2013 Winner – How Tennessee Affects the Oceans