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 announced the winners of our 2015 Science without Borders® Challenge. The theme for this year’s Challenge was “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.

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: 152 pieces of artwork from 17 countries and 16 states. The contest was especially fierce this year not only because of the sheer number of entries, but because so many of the pieces were truly stunning high-caliber art.  Our judges had an extremely difficult time choosing this year’s winners.

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

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
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