The 18th annual World Bodypainting Festival attracted thousands of people to the town of Poertschach, Austria over the weekend of July 3. Participants from 50 nations, a record number, showcased their skills and competed in categories such as special effects, facepainting and UV effects. Winners were presented with trophies, cash and make-up products from sponsors, including Kryolan, Snazaroo, BodyFX New Zealand and M.I.A. by Einat Dan.

Scott Fray & Madelyn Greco wedding
Five-time World Award-winning artist Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco wed on stage at the World Bodypainting festival

The weekend was full of parties, such as Body Circus and Colour Splash; demos and lectures, live music and for the first time — a wedding. Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco of LivingBrush Bodypainting, the first and only artists to win all five World Awards, were married on stage. Madelyn wore a custom dress and body paint by her soon-to-be husband.

Min ah Kim
Brush and Sponge World Award-winning make-up by Min ah Kim

The festival culminated with the awards presentations and an after-party. This year’s theme was Fetish Couture, and the artworks did not disappoint. The World Award for Brush and Sponge went to Min Ah Kim, the first winner from South Korea. Alex Hansen won the Airbrush competition for the third time, taking the title in both 2008 and 2014. Below are the top-three winners in each competition category. Visit for more details.


Ferre Fabien
Amateur Award-winning Brush & Sponge make-up by Ferre Fabien

Amateur Award
1. Ferre Fabien, France
2. Jungeun Kim, South Korea
3. Lucia Postacchini, Italy

Open category
1. Julie Boehm, Germany
2. Elissa Barrett, United Kingdom
3. Larina Larysa, Ukraine

Special Effect
1. Tatiana Proshchekalinikova, Russia
2. Vlasova Yulia, Russia
3. Moona J Weaner, South Korea

Alex Hansen
World Award-winning Airbrush make-up by Alex Hansen


World Award
1. Alex Hansen, Brazil
2. Francesca Tariciotti, Italy
3. Umberto Zanoni, Italy

1. Min Ah Kim, South Korea
2. Dinda Sanatan, India
3. Roxanna Horn, Netherlands

1. Claudia Kraemer, Germany
2. Nadja Hluchovsky, Austria
3. Silke Kirchhoff, Germany

Claudia Kraemer
World Award-winning Facepainting by Claudia Kraemer

1. Kristina Elizarova & Olga Sokolova, Russia
2. Art Color Ballet, Poland
3. Liliana Hopman, Colombia

Special Effect
1. Sofia Bue, New Zealand
2. Ludwig Decarli, Austria
3. Benedetta Carugati, Italy


Catch Bue, winner of the World Award for Special Effect, at IMATS London this Sunday July 12.