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.

Science without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers more involved and interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This yearly contest inspires students to be creative while using different types of media to promote public awareness of important ocean conservation issues.

This year’s theme is “Why Coral Reefs Matter“. Use your artistic talents to create a piece of art that illustrates why coral reefs matter to you, your country, the world, and/or other organisms or ecosystems.

2018 has been declared the International Year of the Reef (IYOR). IYOR is a global effort to increase awareness and understanding of 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 celebrate the IYOR 2018 in a variety of ways.

Works will be judged in two categories:

• 11–14 year-olds
• 15–19 year-olds

There is no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork. Acceptable media includes paintpencilmarkercrayonink, and chalk. All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted.

There is no entry fee.


Open worldwide to all students 11-19 year-olds.


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

For more information visit Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.