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About Science without Border Challenge

Science without Border Challenge is an annual Art Competition which aims to motivate students to be a part of protection and conservation of world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The Theme for 2018 competition is “Why Coral Reefs Matter ". Candidates need to harness their artistic skills and creative vision to create a piece of art that illustrates the importance of coral reefs. Candidates artwork should portray why coral reefs matter to us, to our country and to the world, and/or to other organisms or ecosystems.

The application for the Science without Border Challenge has started, and the candidates can apply online before the given deadline. It is the US Based Not for profit organisation.

  • It is a global art competition open for children of age 11 to 19 years with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries. Students can apply under 2 categories;
    • Middle School: Age 11 years to 14 years
    • High School: Age 15 years to 19 years
  • In 2016, entries were received from over 150 students from 17 countries including Hungary, India, Kenya, New Zealand, and Pakistan.

More about Science without Border 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. This year’s 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 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 can observe and take part in IYOR 2018 in a variety of ways. This challenge is created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art.

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Science without Border Challenge Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age Between 11 to 19 years 
  • College and University students are not eligible for this contest. The contest is open to primary and secondary school students.
  • Originality: The artwork should be original and should not violate any copyright.
  • Individual Participation: Group or Team submissions are not valid, only individual submissions allowed.
  • Number of Submissions: One submission allowed per participant.

Science without Border Challenge Reward

The prize for first three winners of the Science without Border Challenge 2018 will be accordingly. The name of the winners will be declared publically.


Prize Amount

First Prize

500 USD (Approx. 31,826 INR)

Second Prize

350 USD (Approx. 22,278 INR)

Third Prize

200 USD (Approx.12,730 INR)

Science without Border Challenge Application form and Process

The candidates willing to participate in the challenge need to fill the application form through online mode and send it to the organising body with the artwork. The Science without Border Challenge is free of cost. There is no entry fee to apply for the challenge. The candidates can download the form by following the link given below

Click here to apply online

For Participants below 13 years of age: Parents of participants younger than the age of 13 should fill and send the COPPA agreement form along with the application form.>> Click Here for COPPA Agreement form

  • Middle School: Age 11 to 14 years
  • High School: Age 15  to 19 years

Guideline of Filling Application Form

  • 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.
  • Candidates must send their original artwork. Digital copies of artwork are NOT permitted.
  • All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted.
  • Candidates must write their first and last name and age in pencil on the back of your artwork. They should also place their signature on the front, right-hand corner of your artwork
  • The candidates have to use the mentioned specifications in their artwork. The candidates must use the following specification.
  • If the explanation of artwork or the artwork itself is plagiarized, then candidates can be disqualified.
    • Type: 2D
    • There is no minimum or maximum size requirements for the artwork.
    • Media of the artwork includes pencil, paint, marker, ink, crayon and chalk.
  • The participants of the challenge should give a Title to the artwork, Description of media used by the participant, a write up of maximum 150 words on how the arts relate to the theme "Why Coral Reefs Matter."

Application Submission

The contestants participating must submit an Entry Forms. It is preferred that the candidates submit their forms online at (www.lof.org/SWBChallenge). All the fields on the Entry Forms must be filled out in order to be considered for awards.

Candidates need to fill the entry form along with the artwork and send it to the address mentioned below:

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
Science Without Borders Challenge
130 Severn Avenue, Suite 100 Annapolis, MD 21403

Science without Border Challenge Selection Process

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation keeps the right to disqualify artwork if felt offensive. The artwork will be judged by the panel of Artists, Scientists and Educators.

  • Categories: The artwork will be judged under two categories i.e.
    • Middle School: Age 11 years to 14 years
    • High School: Age 14 years to 19 years
  • Criteria: The artwork of the participants will be judged on the following basis:
    • Quality of the artwork
    • Originality
    • Adherence to the theme.

Science without Border Challenge Contact Details

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
SWB Challenge
130 Severn Avenue, Suite 100 Annapolis,
MD 21403

Phone: 443.221.6844 Extension 205
E-mail: heemsoth@lof.org

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