WBF 2016

July 5th, 2016

July 5th, 2016

Thousands flocked to the picturesque Austrian town of Pörtschach am Wörthersee last weekend for the 19th annual World Bodypainting Festival.  Held from 1st – 3rd July, as well as pre- and post-competition events, the WBF is the world’s largest bodypainting event.  With 30,000 visitors from around the world, the festival had more than enough to offer in the form of art, creativity and a huge variety of music programs.

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Photo: Daniel Janesch for WBF

National and international top acts thrilled the audience with their shows while more than 240 teams from 46 countries participated in the World Championships and Special Awards.  This year’s new Champions came from Austria, Russia, Germany and – for the first time – India.  Read on to see all of the winners and runners up!

World Award – Brush/Sponge

1st Place – Sanatan Dinda

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2nd Place – Tera Bakker

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3rd Place – Silvia Vitali

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World Award – Airbrush

1st Place – Elisabeth Presslaver

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2nd Place – Alex Hansen

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3rd Place – Benoit Bottala

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World Award – SFX Bodypainting

1st Place – Yulia Vlasova

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2nd Place – Gergely Lengyel

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3rd Place – Houyam Hajlaoui

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World Award – UV Effects

1st Place – Claudia Kraemer

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2nd Place – Harald Wolf

3rd Place – Nadja Hluchovsky & Natascha Zenig

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World Award – Facepainting

1st Place – Silvia Vitali

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2nd Place – Nadja Hluchovsky

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3rd Place – Claudia Kraemer

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Photo: Daniel Janesch for WBF

Photo: Daniel Janesch for WBF


SFX Make-Up Award

1st Place – Leonardo Giacomo Borgese

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2nd Place – Andrea Benocci

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3rd Place – Nadja Hluchovsky

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Amateur Award – Open Category

1st Place – Chanhee Lim

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2nd Place – Gilberta Bianchin

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3rd Place – Helena Jordana Skuhrovcova

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Amateur Award – Brush/Sponge

1st Place – Fanny Jakubowicz

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2nd Place – Larisa Tulchinski

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3rd Place – Lorena Ramon

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Special Award – Creative Make-up (Sponsored by Warpaint Magazine)

1st Place – Darya Iodzel

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2nd Place – Karen Yiu

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3rd Place – Maria Cozman

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Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and competitors!  We already can’t wait for next year.



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