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 Sixth Extinctions” by Umme Aiman, Age 14, India

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Whale sharks and beluga whales are both currently facing the threat of extinction due to human activities, which is a part of the larger issue of the Sixth Extinction. In my artwork I try to convey the beauty of these creatures. As both are fascinating and beautiful creatures, despite being endangered. Whale Sharks have a unique spotted pattern on their skin, which is a combination of light spots on a dark background. Beluga Whales have a distinctive white coloration, which makes them easily recognizable and strikingly beautiful in the Arctic waters they inhabit. The human hands conveys a message of protection and care for these endangered species. Overall, through my artwork, I try to showcase the beauty of these incredible creatures and help to raise awareness of the need for conservation efforts to protect them from the threat of the Sixth Extinction.