Science Without Borders Challenge 2018, USA


April 23, 2018


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Science without Borders® Challenge

International Student Art Contest

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s Science Without Borders® Challenge is in conjunction with International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) to celebrate the International Year of the Reef (IYOR). IYOR is a global effort to increase awareness and understanding on the values and threats to coral reefs, and to support related conservation, research, and management efforts. All around the world, nations, organizations, schools, and individuals will observe and take part in IYOR 2018 in a variety of ways. As an artist, you can too.

In celebration of IYOR, this year’s Science Without Borders® Challenge takes the importance of coral reefs as its theme. Harness your artistic skills and creative vision to create a piece of art that illustrates “Why Coral Reefs Matter.” Your artwork may portray why coral reefs matter to you, your country, the world, and/or other organisms or ecosystems.

Participating means you will be an active supporter of IYOR 2018: not only will your artwork aid in creating awareness about the importance of coral reefs, it will also be displayed at various IYOR events around the world. Which, of course, makes this year’s contest an extra special one. So, get inspired. Take part in this great global initiative by applying your talents. And help make a difference!

The contest is working with the ICRI to celebrate IYOR through the Science Without Borders® Challenge. ICRI is an informal partnership between nations and organizations, which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. They also oversee IYOR. 

About the Challenge

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international art competition that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources.

The Science Without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The SWB Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

The Foundation is a US based, non-profit environmental science organization. The Foundation was established to protect and restore the world’s oceans through scientific research, outreach, and education. The founder, His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, understands the challenges of conserving Earth’s coral reefs across oceans and political boundaries, and recognizes that collaboration is vital to ocean conservation. Inspired by the working approach of Medecins Sans Frontiers, Prince Khaled proposed that Science Without Borders® be the motto and the philosophy of the Foundation.


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. College and university students are not eligible for this contest. Work will be judged in two categories, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:

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


Winners of the Science Without Borders® Challenge will be publicly announced. Prizes awarded to contestant winners are as follows:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $350
  • 3rd Place: $200


  1. All artwork must be an original work by the contestant and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. For instance, drawing a character from a cartoon or movie is not considered an original work
  2. The artwork must be 2D such as a painting or drawing. Acceptable media include: paint, pencil, marker, crayon, ink, felt, and oil pastel. Digitally created artwork, including photographs, are not accepted.
  3. There is no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork. 4. You must send your original artwork. Digital copies of artwork are NOT permitted.
  4. All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted.
  5. Participants may submit only 1 art piece.
  6. Write your first and last name and age in pencil on the back of your artwork.
  7. Place your signature on the front, right-hand corner of your artwork.
  8. Fill out all required information on the Entry Forms (online only).
  9. Artwork and art descriptions may be used in publications and distributed to the media.
  10. The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation reserves the right to disqualify artwork deemed offensive.
  11. If the explanation of artwork or the artwork itself is plagiarized, then it will be disqualified.
  12. Entries that do not comply with all of the contest rules will be disqualified.


Contestants must submit a digital Entry Form with their submission. The Entry Form may only be submitted online. All mandatory fields on the Entry Form must be filled out in order for your artwork to be considered for the competition. If you are under the age of 13, you must also submit a COPPA Privacy Form. Mail the COPPA Form with your original artwork. All original artwork should be mailed to: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Science Without Borders® Challenge 130 Severn Avenue, Suite 100 Annapolis, MD 21403 USA

All artwork must be received by this date or it will be disqualified. 


The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation tries to incorporate STEAM education into all of its education programs. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM is a movement to incorporate artistic innovation into the more well-known STEM formula. While many people today see art and science as two very separate worlds, teaching them together is more of a modern occurrence. When combining art and science, doors are opened for disengaged students. Both disciplines require learning by doing. A creative outlet can be given to the science enthusiast and, at the same time, it can open new doors to those who are artistic. The Science Without Borders® Challenge is a perfect example of STEAM. Through art, students can convey important marine conservation themes, while learning science. In turn, by creating artwork for the Challenge, these young artists inspire people around the world to conserve the ocean. 

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March 23, 2018
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