2022 Science Without Borders® Challenge Finalists: 15-19 year old students

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists in our 2021 Science Without Borders® Challenge! This international student art contest engages students in important ocean issues through art.For this year’s competition, students were asked to illustrate one or more of the ways people can use a ridge-to-reef approach to conservation to preserve coral reefs. 

Entries to the Science Without Borders® Challenge are judged in two categories based on age. Here are the finalists selected from the older group of applicants, students 15-19 years old:


"I Can Hear the Sea" by Sooa Lee, Age 17, Republic of Korea

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: "My oil painting artwork I Can Hear the Sea expresses a boy looking for the sound of the sea in the dried up sea. The sea level rises and the islands are submerged, while in some places the sea is drying up. The Aral Sea, which was once a huge salt lake, changed its course to grow cotton, and as the water no longer flows into the sea. 75% of the seawater has disappeared and is now dried up to become a salt plain. The Aral Sea is no longer inhabited by fish when the water was once plentiful, and the sea that once fed people has now disappeared. The boy in the lost sea tries to find the sound of the sea, which he can no longer hear and ends up brainwashing himself by finding the sound of the sea in a seashell."