2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge: Introducing the 15-19 Year-Old Finalists

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The response to our Science Without Borders® Challenge has been overwhelming! We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of submissions that we received from aspiring young scientists and artists all over the world. Last week, we proudly unveiled the finalists in the 11-14 age group, and now, we’re ecstatic to announce the finalists in the 15-19 year-old category.

These young artists hail from all corners of the globe, including China, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. You will be amazed at their incredible artwork and how well they captured the essence of the theme, “The Sixth Extinction.” Students depicted a diverse range of endangered marine animals in their artwork including whales, fish, polar bears, sharks, sea otters, horseshoe crabs, seals, and crocodiles. We were amazed by these students’ boundless creativity, execution of the theme, and artistic abilities.

Without further ado, please meet our talented 15-19 year old finalists! These exceptional artists have not only showcased their incredible talents but also their unwavering passion for marine conservation.

"Writing the Next Chapter" by Annette Kim, Age 15, Republic of Korea

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: To create an artwork representing "The Sixth Extinction", I wanted to show the importance of human contribution to the Sixth Extinction that we are currently experiencing. I also wanted to include the history of extinctions that we've had in the past, so I decided to show all these factors by making a series of textbooks that each represent an extinction. I included the fifth, fourth, third, and second extinctions, each book describing the cause of every death. I showed a human hand grabbing the sixth extinction, to show that humans are in control and most affecting this extinction. I included endangered marine animals that I found on the IUCN Red List website, like a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Green Turtle, and coral reefs to show the disappearing parts of our ocean. I also used gray tones to color the rest of the background so the extinctions could stand out.

Stay tuned! We will announce the winners in the next couple of weeks.

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