Science Without Borders Challenge 2014Science without Borders® Challenge is a yearly art competition 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 more involved and interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This yearly contest inspires students to be creative while using different types of media to promote public awareness of important ocean conservation issues.

This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old, with scholarships awarded to the winner and finalists.

We have just finished accepting entries to our 2015 Science without Borders® Challenge. For more information, see the full details for the competition and entry requirements here on our website. The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Reef Relationships.”

Coral reefs are important ecosystems that harbor nearly 25% of all marine species. There are many different types of relationships that take place in the coral reef ecosystem. One of these relationships is called symbiosis. Symbiosis is a close ecological relationship between the individuals of two (or more) different species.

There are different types of symbiotic relationships including commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism,On the front cover, for example, the anemone and clownfish are engaged in a mutualistic symbiotic relationship where both organisms benefit from each other.

For this year’s Challenge, the artwork should creatively portray one or more reef relationship(s). Please see the Judging Rubric in the Contest Rules for evaluation details.

The deadline for entry into this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge was Monday, April 27th. We received a record number of entries this year: 140 pieces of artwork from 14 countries and 16 states. The first round of judging has begun, and we hope to announce winners by the end of May.

Download the Contest Rules & Application

Under the United States federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires that we gain verifiable consent for all children under the age of thirteen. All participants (US and international) under the age of 13 must have a parent/guardian fill out the following form in order to participate in the contest. For more information please download the COPPA agreement form.

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Meet LOF’s Former Science without Borders® Challenge Winners:

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
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