2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge Finalists: 15-19 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 older group of applicants, students 15-19 years old:


"Writing the Next Chapter" by Annette Kim, Age 15, Republic of Korea

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: To create an artwork representing "The Sixth Extinction", I wanted to show the importance of human contribution to the Sixth Extinction that we are currently experiencing. I also wanted to include the history of extinctions that we've had in the past, so I decided to show all these factors by making a series of textbooks that each represent an extinction. I included the fifth, fourth, third, and second extinctions, each book describing the cause of every death. I showed a human hand grabbing the sixth extinction, to show that humans are in control and most affecting this extinction. I included endangered marine animals that I found on the IUCN Red List website, like a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Green Turtle, and coral reefs to show the disappearing parts of our ocean. I also used gray tones to color the rest of the background so the extinctions could stand out.