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:


"Marine Protected Areas" by Twiggy Chen, Age 14, Canada

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Governments create marine protected areas to shield threatened marine ecosystems from invasive human activity. These areas are often taken care of by governments for the purpose of conservation and scientific research. The three figures in my piece celebrate after seeing the progress of their replanted coral. The figures are arranged in a circle representing unity and togetherness. Saving the coral reefs cannot be done alone but will instead require a team effort. The image is further tied together by bright complementary colours, creating both harmony and interest. The arrangement of the figures and colours match their celebratory expressions and body language. The ocean environment is a serious issue, but its preservation is something to be enjoyed as we create the world we want for our future. I hope this piece inspires people to help create more marine protected areas around the world.