2022 Science Without Borders® Challenge Finalists: 11-14 year old students

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is thrilled to announce the finalists in our 2022 Science Without Borders® Challenge! This international contest engages students in important ocean issues through art. This year we asked students to create a piece of art that illustrates one or more actions that governments, non-profits, park managers, and indigenous communities can take to preserve coral reefs using a ridge-to-reef approach to conservation. 

We hope you will be as impressed with the submissions we received as we were. Entries to the Science Without Borders® Challenge are judged in two categories based on age. Here are the finalists selected from the younger group of applicants, students 11-14 years old:


"Restoration" by Emily Zhang, Age 13, Canada

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: When habitats are destroyed by human activity, restoration efforts are needed to return them to their original condition. In marine ecosystems, this process of renewal is made possible when ocean plant life is transplanted and encouraged to grow. In my piece, we see two characters engaged in the process of coral reef restoration. The work being done in the background reveals the result of their efforts in the foreground. The bright greens, reds, and purples of the foreground attract our attention, but then lead our eyes to the background work which made these colours possible. A sea turtle can be seen swimming between the characters, with coral reef on his back, representing the need to work with nature and not against it.