We are thrilled to introduce the 2024 Science Without Borders® Challenge theme: “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” Our international art contest invites students worldwide to showcase their creativity by depicting the mysterious and unique creatures or ecosystems found in the deep sea. Through their artwork, students will have the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity that often goes unnoticed in these fascinating underwater worlds.
When we think of the ocean, we often imagine familiar marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, and colorful coral reefs, but did you know that there is a whole other world beneath the waves? It’s called the deep sea, and it’s a place where humans have yet to fully explore. Imagine living in a world where there is no light, where the pressure is so intense that only special submarines can go there, and there’s hardly any food to eat. Despite these extreme conditions, incredible ecosystems like hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale falls, and deep-sea coral reefs thrive. These ecosystems support remarkable creatures adapted to survive in these challenging environments.