All photos by Ulf Scherling

From Aug. 25-31, 18,000 visitors converged on the Daegu World Cup Stadium in Daegu, South Korea for the first annual Asia World Bodypainting Festival®. Sixty artist teams from 14 nations competed in five categories, guided by two themes: “Myths & Fairy Tales” and “Future World.”

Here are the first-place winners:

Brush/Sponge: Jinny, Canada
Airbrush: Alex Hansen, Brazil
Special Effects Bodypainting: Park Myung Sun, South Korea
Facepainting: Brian Wolfe, USA
Special Effects Make-up: Andrea Helmel, Austria


First-place winners received a crystal trophy and 3 million Korean Won in cash (approximately $2,722 in U.S. dollars). The World Bodypainting Festival® Series will be held next year in Seeboden, Austria (July) and South Korea (September).

Alex Hansen


Park Myung Sun
Andrea Helmel