2022 Science Without Borders® Challenge Semi-Finalists: 15-19 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 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 semi-finalists selected from the older group of applicants, students 15-19 years old:


"Above the Smoke" by YiCong Zhu, Age 16, China

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Smoke flutters and flails, turning the sky dark, turning the coral white. Coral reefs, as an indispensable part of the ocean ecosystem, provide a living environment for many plants and animals. However, industrialization has brought global warming. Ocean temperature has risen, resulting in severe coral reef bleaching, threatening the coinhabiting creatures. The drawing shows the influence of industry on coral, in a gradual degradation from multicolor to monochrome. Fish swim freely among the coral, orange and red coral dotted with purple. Gradually, however, smoke blocks the view of the fish and whitens the coral on the sea floor. Lofty factories, enormous chimneys and congested trucks fill the world, colorless, lifeless. Under the sickly thickening smoke, coral reef bleaching is continuing, worsening, at an alarming rate. Let’s save the coral in colors. While we can.