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

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is pleased to announce the semi-finalists in our 2022 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 actions people can take to protect coral reefs using a “Ridge to Reef”conservation approach. 

Entries to the Science Without Borders® Challenge are judged in two categories based on age. Here are the semi-finalists selected from the younger group of applicants, students 11-14 years old:


"Garbage is the Enemy of Corals" by Валерия Матькова, Age 13, Russian Federation

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People, don't litter on the beach or in the ocean. Leaving trash on the beach can harm coral reefs. Throwing garbage into the ocean itself can eventually cause the garbage to come into contact with the coral reef. When debris enters a coral reef, it can suffocate the corals. Remember that these are living organisms. Sometimes people see corals the same way they see shells. However, corals are alive and thus very susceptible to harm.