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:


"Education Makes Environmental Protection a Mutual Believe Among All" by Shu Yen (Coco) Yeh, Age 14, Taiwan

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Whether on land or under the ocean, the earth is a one-in-one ecosystem. Due to Industrial and human activities, the temperature above and under the surface are increasing at an accelerating rate. The increase in water temperature triggers iceberg meltdown and coral reefs die out. The changes underwater then result in rises in sea level, breakdown of ecosystems, and abrupt climate changes. In my painting, the neon orange-red sky and the blue acoustic wave imply global warming and the cry out of nature. The green field with solar panels and people collecting trash signifies human attributes to constrain further damages and to rebuild nature. On the seashore, the teacher shows kids the ecosystem and the modern technologies, which are symbolized by dots, used to cope with the issue. I believe that through continuous education, human and nature can reach inter-growth and co-prosperity with the least opposition among different interest parties.