Winners! Science Without Borders® Challenge

Jun 13, 2014, 08:50 ET from Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

LANDOVER, Md., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation announces that Riley Samels from Ohio is this year's winner of The Science without Borders® Challenge. His stunning art work 'Reef in a Bottle' beat out the fierce competition to take first place. The Challenge is a yearly science competition that is designed to engage secondary students in ocean conservation through art.

This year's theme was Protect Our Coral Reefs and the judges were overwhelmed by the sheer number and high caliber of entries from all over the world. Some of the themes addressed in the art works were overfishing, pollution, anchoring on coral reefs, bleaching, and ocean acidification.

Winning artist, Riley Samels, who is in 12th grade said, "The coral I have seen on my vacations are awe inspiring, but it always stings a little when I see garbage scattered about or floating on the surface, especially when I know it could all be prevented with the simple action of recycling. So, I decided to take a spin off the classic, "Ship in a Bottle" and give it an environmentally friendly message." 

Through this competition, the Living Oceans Foundation hopes to promote public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world's oceans and to inspire many students to conserve and protect coral reefs around the world.

Second place went to Anika Biene Padrigo from the Philippines and joint third place was awarded to Kang San Kim from South Korea and Hiba Khamlich from Morocco.

To see the winning entries visit

About the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
The Khaled bin sultan Living Oceans Foundation (LOF), founded by Khaled bin Sultan, is conducting the world's largest coral reef survey and high resolution mapping expedition, as part of its 5 year Global Reef Expedition. The Expedition is helping LOF realize its mission to provide science-based solutions to protect and restore ocean health. As part of its commitment to Science Without Borders®, Living Oceans provides its data and information to leading ocean-focused organizations, governments, scientists, and local communities so that they can use knowledge to work toward sustainable ocean protection. For more information visit

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