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:


"Experiencing Perspectives" by Archie Junio, Age 17, Philippines

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: The artwork depicts a close-up view of a Slender-snouted Crocodile's (Mecistops cataphractus) eye, aiming to raise awareness of the dangers this endangered species faces from human encroachment and hunting. The piece offers a unique perspective from the crocodile's viewpoint, emphasizing the hardships and challenges the animal endures due to human actions. The tears in the crocodile's eye add a poignant touch, reminding viewers that animals are not mere objects but sentient beings with their own thoughts and feelings. Overall, the artwork is powerful and thought-provoking, encouraging people to consider their environmental impact and the importance of protecting endangered species.