2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge Finalists: 11-14 year old students

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is delighted to announce the finalists in our 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge! This international contest engages students in important ocean issues through art. This year we asked students to create a piece of art that highlights the beauty and importance of a marine species that is on the brink of extinction.

This year we received more entries than ever before. Over 1,200 entries flooded in from 67 different countries, and let us tell you, it was no easy feat to choose the finalists. We hope you will be as impressed with the submissions we received as we were.

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


"The Dark Journey Ahead" by Ridham Agarwal, Age 14, India

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: As we enter the halls of wonder that are called the marine museums today, a captivating array of rare sea creatures with vibrant hues and graceful forms gives a feast to the senses, but unfortunately, the present pleasure veils us from the poignant and ironic truth, that of the dark reality looming ahead, threatening to rob future generations of the elegance that is the subject of the admiration. What humankind hardly ever realizes is that the currently ongoing exploitation spells the doom of these species, reducing them to skeletons that serve as a chilling reminder of the era gone by. The magnificence that we fervently admire today may soon become the subject of memory, lost to imagination forever. Let, us therefore, be mindful of the path we tread and the legacy we leave behind, a dynamic array of vibrance for future generations.