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:


"The Joy of Letting Go" by Heeseo Yoon, Age 16, United States of America

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This is an artwork of a bluefin tuna being released by people in formation of a fishnet. The fishnet, which was once used to catch the tuna, is now composed of people all around the world who are trying to let the tuna go. This represents the need for us to work together to stop the dangerous act of overfishing, and letting the bluefin tunas thrive. Our ecosystem is at the edge of another mass extinction at the cost of our greed. It is time that we work together to right our wrongs.