Science without Borders® Challenge_ International Art Competition for School Students ($500 prize)

Competition Grant / Award in Art and Humanities , in Natural Science
  • Apply Before : March 1, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 65311
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description


Are you a creative student who has the ability to create a majestic piece of art? If yes, then apply for The Science Without Borders® Challenge 2021. It is an international competition that unites students and teachers to deliver science-based solutions to conserve the ocean through art. Moreover, this competition encourages students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and renovate the world’s oceans and aquatic resources, contributing to the overarching goals of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.

Details of the competition

Application deadline: 1 March 2021 (11:59 pm ET)

Organizing institution: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Open to: Students from all countries

2020 theme of the competition:

The theme for this year’s Challenge is “The Magic of Mangroves.” Mangroves are tremendously important ecosystems providing several benefits. There are nearly 80 species of mangroves around the world. Mangroves are trees and shrubs that live along coastlines in subtropical and tropical areas. They grow in muddy, salty environments, where there is very little oxygen in the sediments, and the ocean tide can plunge their roots for all or part of the day.

These ecosystems are very vital, not only to the health of the planet, but they are an important resource for humans too. For thw 2020 theme, create a piece of art that explains how mangroves are vital.

Learn about the theme here.


Winners of the Science Without Borders® Challenge will receive the following scholarships and/or awards:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $350
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • Besides, all contestants will receive a digital certificate. Only the names of the semi-finalists, finalists, and winners will be written on the certificate.

Eligibility criteria

Students meeting the following criteria are eligible for this international art competition.

  • Be between 11-19 years old.
  • Students aged ten may participate as long as they turn 11 by Monday, March 1, 2021.
  • Students must be studying in primary or secondary school, or the home school comparable to the primary and secondary ones.
  • College and university students are ineligible for this competition.
  • Evidence of age, identity, and/or eligibility may be required.
  • Participants may submit only one art piece.

Entries will be judged in two categories based on age, with triple prizes awarded for each:

  • Students 11-14 years old
  • Students 15-19 years old

Evaluation process and criteria

A panel of artists, mentors, and scientists judge the Science Without Borders® Challenge. Your artwork will be evaluated on the base of the quality of the artwork, uniqueness, and relevance to the theme.

When producing the artwork, you should bear these questions in mind:

  • Does your artwork show that you understand the theme of the contest?
  • Does your artist’s statement also demonstrate that you understand the contest theme?
  • Are you confident that your piece portrays you have a good understanding of art and that you use these art elements, such as line, shape, form, value, composition, and color, to effectively reflect the theme?
  • Is your artwork original, innovative, and represent your individual style?
  • Is your artwork neat? Are there tears, stains, and/or smear signs?
  • Does your artwork stimulate emotion for your viewers? Is it attractive and memorable?

For tips on creating a successful artwork, see Tips for Success.

Contest Rules

Before starting your artwork, make sure to review the Contest Rules for more information on the kinds of art the foundation is looking for.

How to apply?

The application process for this Challenge and art contest is online. You can submit your piece online by filling in the submission form through the link below.

Apply now


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