Student Art Contest Science Without Borders Challenge - Entries by 20 April 2020


The Science Without Borders Challenge is an International student art competition organized annually by the non-profit environmental science institution and ocean research foundation Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. The challenge was initiated to create interest among students and teachers in ocean conservation through various forms of art.

This annual contest aims to inculcate the thought of the necessity to preserve, protect, and restore oceans and aquatic resources of the world. It also plays a beautiful role in enhancing the creativity of students while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues.

The theme

The theme for this year’s contest is Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs. Coral reefs are both ecologically and economically important ecosystems of oceans. They are hotspots of biodiversity and productivity, accounting for the greatest concentration of species of any marine ecosystem.

Coral reefs are rapidly declining and being endangered by several natural and anthropogenic factors. If no initiatives are taken to conserve them many coral reefs will no longer exist as functioning ecosystems by the end of the century. Students are encouraged to use their artistic talents to create a piece of art that illustrates one or more different actions that can be taken to conserve coral reefs.

The final date to submit the artwork is 20 April 2020.

Who can participate?

This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent.

Work will be judged in two categories:

  • 11 – 14 year-olds
  • 15 – 19 year-olds

Cash prize

  •  First place: $500
  • Second place: $350
  • Third place: $200

Criteria for the artwork

Each participant may submit only 1 art piece.

  • All artwork must be original created by the contestant. There shall be no infringement on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. For example, drawing a character from a cartoon or movie is not considered an original work.
  • The artwork must be 2D such as a painting or drawing using media such as paint, pencil, marker, crayon, ink, felt, and oil pastel.
  • Digitally created artwork, including photographs, are not accepted.
  • There are no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork.
  • All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not accepted.
  • Entries that do not comply with all of the contest rules will be disqualified.

Guidelines for submission

  • Participants must submit an entry form online with either a scanned copy or photograph of the artwork.
  • All mandatory fields on the entry form must be filled out in order for the artwork to be considered for the competition.
  • Kids under the age of 13 must submit a COPPA Privacy Form along with the entry form.
  • Participants who are selected for the semi-finals round will be required to mail the original artwork to:

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Science Without Borders® Challenge

7 Old Solomons Island Rd, Suite 200

Annapolis, MD 21401


Check out Science Without Borders Challenge for further information.

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