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:


"A Life in a Melting Arctic" by Leyi Li, Age 13, United States of America

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Frosty, a white polar bear, lived a simple but satisfied life in the Arctic tundra. He hunted for food near ice holes. As the years went by, he noticed that the Arctic ice was melting at a fast pace and that his home was slowly disappearing. The once beautiful ice was now filled with trash and plastic waste. This saddened Frosty, who felt lonely and hungry as he gazed at his dirty reflection in the water and couldn't help but shed tears.