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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 science and conservation issues. The 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 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge

The theme for this year’s Science Without Borders® Challenge is “Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs.” Throughout the world, coral reefs are rapidly declining and threatened by a variety of factors—both natural and man-made. If nothing is done to save them, many coral reefs will no longer exist as functioning ecosystems by the end of the century. For this year’s contest, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is asking students to use their artistic talents to create a piece of art that illustrates one or more of the different actions that can be taken to preserve coral reefs.

The deadline to enter the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge is Monday, April 20, 2020. 

To apply to the Challenge, read the SWB Challenge Contest Rules, fill out the SWB Challenge Submission Form online, and upload a photograph or scan of your original artwork (along with a completed COPPA Privacy Form for students under the age of 13).


New Guidelines for Submitting Artwork

In light of the everchanging news regarding the COVID-19 disease, we have changed the submission process for the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge. Instead of shipping your original artwork to us, upload a photograph or scan of your artwork online through the online submission process. Make sure to put your name in the filename of the piece of artwork you are uploading. Please keep your original artwork. Once semi-finalists are chosen, they will be asked to mail in their original artwork to be eligible to win the Science Without Borders® Challenge. For more information and tips on making a high-quality photo or scan, see the New Guidelines for Submitting Artwork for the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge.


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Previous Winners:

2019 High School Winner: The Bike We Ride

2019 Middle School Winner: The Place Where Fish are Free to Roam

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