ABOVE, CENTER: Make-up by Birgit Mörtl, second-place winner in the Special Effects Bodypainting category
All photos courtesy of World Bodypainting Festival
World Bodypainting Festival 2012 Wows Fans
Posted: Wednesday August 01, 2012
The Austrian town of Pörtschach came alive this year at the 2012 World Bodypainting Festival. From July 2-8, 2012, participants from 42 nations gathered in the town, located on Lake Wörthersee, to showcase their skills and entertain a crowd of thousands. Sponsored by Kryolan, Snazaroo, Superstar, Skinpainter Magazin and others, the World Bodypainting Festival included a night contest for UV make-up effects; more than 40 different workshops, demos and lectures; a large exhibition area and market; the return of Bodypaint City TV and WBF Fashion Park; and the Body Art Fashion Show.
The main highlights, of course, were the competitions and awards. Below are the top three winners in each competition category. Following the images is a review video produced by the World Bodypainting Festival, which make-up artist Scott Fray called "the Olympics of body painting."
World Award: Brush/Sponge 1. Johannes Stötter, Italy 2. Einat Dan, Israel (BELOW LEFT, IN TABLE) 3. Min Ah Kim, South Korea
World Award: Airbrush 1. Elisabeth Presslauer, Austria 2. Flavio Bosco, Italy (BELOW RIGHT, IN TABLE) 3. Melanie Hill, Germany
World Award: Special Effects Bodypainting 1. Scott Fray, United States (BELOW LEFT) 2. Birgit Mörtl, Austria 3. Yulia Vlasova, Russia
World Award: UV Effects 1. Kristina Elizarova, Russia 2. Magdalena O’Connor, New Zealand 3. Wolf Reicherter, Germany
World Award: Facepainting 1. Nadja Hluchovsky, Austria (BELOW LEFT, IN TABLE) 2. Evelina Iacubino, Germany 3. Lone Wolf Kirkegaard, Denmark
Special Effects Make Up Award 1. Yulia Vlasova, Russia (BELOW RIGHT, IN TABLE) 2. Julian Bartram, New Zealand 3. Vladimir Cara, Romania
Amateur Award: Brush/Sponge 1. Qin Huo, France 2. Eva Molnar, Hungary 3. Marie Fontaine, Belgium
[Updated Aug. 7 to include memorial details.] Groundbreaking make-up artist Dick Smith—whose work on films including The Exorcist, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver and Amadeus earned him the nickname “the godfather of special make-up effects”—died of complications from a broken hip on July 30 in Los Angeles. He was 92. Click through for exclusive video of artists praising Smith.