Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has recently opened the 2015 Science Without Borders Challenge and is currently accepting artworks on the theme “Reef Relationships” from students around the world.
The Science without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers more involved and interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. It is free to enter and open to all students around the world, 11-19 years old.
This year, three main prizes will be awarded in each competition category – the first prize being a $500 scholarship.
Here is what the 2015 Science Without Borders Challenge is about:
Coral reefs are important ecosystems that harbor nearly 25% of all marine species. There are many different types of relationships that take place in the coral reef ecosystem. One of these relationships is called symbiosis. Symbiosis is a close ecological relationship between the individuals of two (or more) different species.
There are different types of symbiotic relationships including commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism.
For this year’s Challenge, the artwork should creatively portray one or more reef relationship(s).
Submitted artworks must be original, with only one submission per participant allowed. The evaluation criteria are: the quality of the artwork, originality, and adherence to the theme.
Work will be judged in these two categories, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:
- Middle School (11 – 14 year-olds)
- High School (14 – 19 year-olds)
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a US based, non-profit foundation dedicated to conserving and restoring oceans through applied science, education and outreach, and working with local partners and governments to promote coral reef conservation.