The Science Without Borders Challenge is a contest to get students and teachers more involved and interested in ocean conservation through art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources, contributing to the overarching goals of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.
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.
- Theme: Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs. The use of artistic talents to create a piece of art that illustrates the different actions that can be taken to preserve and conserve coral reefs.
- Number of Prizes: 6 (1st, 2nd and 3rd places).
- Target group: Open to all nationalities.
Science Without Borders Challenge Benefits
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
Science Without Borders Challenge Eligibility
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 the Science Without Borders Challenge 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
- 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.
- 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.
- There is no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork.
- You must send your original artwork. Digital copies of artwork are NOT permitted.
- All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted.
- Participants may submit only 1 art piece.
- Write your first and last name and age in pencil on the back of your artwork. Also include the same teacher’s first and last name, email, and phone number that you listed on your Entry Form .
- Fill out all required information on the Entry Forms (online only). Make sure to fill out this form before you mail your artwork.
- Artwork and art descriptions may be used in publications and distributed to the media.
- The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation reserves the right to disqualify artwork deemed offensive.
- If the explanation of artwork or the artwork itself is plagiarized, then it will be disqualified.
- The Science Without Borders Challenge Entries that do not comply with all of the contest rules will be disqualified.
To apply, Contestants must submit a digital Entry Form with their submission. Make sure you fill out this form before you mail your artwork. The Entry Form may only be submitted online using the apply button below. 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
7 Old Solomons Island Rd, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401 USA.
The deadline to apply for the Science without Borders Challenge is: April 20, 2020. All artwork must be received by this date or it will be disqualified. For more details, please visit the official page.