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:


"Wastewater Management and Blue Carbon" by Viola Chang, Age 11, Canada

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The coastal ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes, and seagrass meadows are being threatened around the world. These ecosystems help protect us from climate change by storing carbon in their rich soil and plants. We call this “blue carbon” because of how carbon from the atmosphere is captured and stored within these ecosystems. My piece shows how these ecosystems are being threatened and how they can be preserved by better wastewater management. The image is split vertically to create contrast between two visions of the future. One vision shows a clear city skyline and thriving coastal ecosystem and the other an industrial wasteland full of smoke and bleached coral reef. The dull hues of brown, gray, and white stand in stark contrast with the bright hues of yellow, blue and green. Two visions of the future are laid out clearly in front of you: which will you choose?