Announcing the Winners of the People’s Choice Award in the 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the People’s Choice Award in the 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge! Thousands of people responded to our call to vote for their favorite artwork in each age group, choosing artwork that best reflects this year’s theme, “The Sixth Extinction.” The votes have been counted, and it is with great pleasure that we reveal the talented artists who captured the hearts and imaginations of people from around the globe.

In the 11-14 age group, the People’s Choice Award goes to Umme Aiman, Age 14, from India, for her awe-inspiring artwork titled “The Sixth Extinctions.” With over 1,000 votes, Umme’s artwork portrays a beluga whale and a whale shark, both of which are facing the threat of extinction due to human activities. Through her artwork, Umme captures the beauty and wonder of these magnificent creatures, showcasing their unique features and emphasizing the urgent need for conservation. The inclusion of human hands in her piece sends a powerful message of protection and care for these endangered species. Congratulations, Umme Aiman, for your remarkable talent and for using your artwork to help raise awareness about the Sixth Extinction!

“The Sixth Extinctions” by Umme Aiman, Age 14, India

Moving on to the 15-19 age group, we are delighted to crown Archie Junio, Age 17, from the Philippines, as the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Archie’s artwork, titled “Experiencing Perspectives,” received a staggering 2,300 votes, a testament to its captivating appeal and profound message. Archie’s close-up depiction of a Slender-snouted Crocodile’s eye offers a unique perspective, immersing viewers in the challenges and hardships faced by this endangered species due to human encroachment and hunting. The reflection in the crocodile’s eye reminds us all that humans are the cause of this species’ struggle for survival. Through his powerful piece, Archie ignites contemplation and reflection, urging us to consider our environmental impact and the vital importance of protecting endangered species. Congratulations, Archie Junio, for your thought-provoking artwork that touches our hearts and minds!

“Experiencing Perspectives” by Archie Junio, Age 17, Philippines

As a token of appreciation for their extraordinary artistic abilities and dedication to ocean conservation, Umme Aiman and Archie Junio will each receive a $50 scholarship. These scholarships aim to support and encourage their artistic endeavors, helping them further explore their talents and make a positive impact on the world around them.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the talented young artists who participated in the 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge. Your creative and thoughtful works of art continue to inspire us all. Each piece of artwork we received truly highlighted the need to conserve the many endangered species in our ocean, and many highlighted the threats they face to their survival. We plan to announce the official winners of the 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge soon, which is judged separately from the People’s Choice award by a panel of artists, scientists, and educators according to a grading rubric.

Finally, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who took the time to vote for their favorite artwork. Your participation is instrumental in amplifying the voices of these talented young artists and raising awareness about the need for ocean conservation.

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