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:


"When Water Flows from Ridge to Reef" by Xixi Yu, Age 16, California, United States of America

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Water itself has no life, yet it cultivates countless lives. The biodiversity of the underwater world and the quality of their growing environment are indivisible from the purity of their water source. Clearwater, free of any pollution or sediment, allows corals, turtles, and various species to thrive. Therefore, natural water drainage in the concept of "Ridge to reef" protection of coral reefs seem to be a highly viable approach. Thus, I constructed a scene of a natural river meandering down from a ridge peak, forming several waterfalls that fall into the lake. A sea turtle swims around many coral reefs which each have different pigment and configuration while some minor schools of fish interact around them. Such a harmonious scene is the outcome of this resolution in my idealization. This approach brings clear water into the lake that houses the many diversities that nurtured and thrived.