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World Bodypainting Festival 2019

August 7th, 2019

August 7th, 2019

Celebrating its 22nd year last month, the World Bodypainting Festival rolled back into Klagenfurt at Lake Wörthersee in Austria from 11th to 13th July 2019 and crowned a new generation of World Champion artists.  Individuals artist and teams from 50 countries battled it out over six hours categories in front of the international Judging Panel and showed their skills to the thousands of visitors.

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Credit: Karsten Skrabal

Brush and Sponge

With a theme of Clean Mind – Clean Planet, the Brush and Sponge category was once again particularly strong.  The winner was Tera Bakker from the Netherlands, second place went to Francesa Cavicchio from Italy and Silke Kirchhoff of Germany was third.

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Tera Bakker – winner Brush and Sponge

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Tera Bakker model

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Francesca Cavicchio – 2nd place Brush and Sponge

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Francesca Cavicchio model

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Silke Kirchhoff – 3rd place Brush and Sponge

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Silke Kirchhoff model

Airbrush

In the Airbrush category, victory went to the only artist who could win this category three times in a row – Benoit Bottala.  Benoit of Guadeloupe wowed the jury as well as the audience.  Second place went to Yulia Vlasova of Russia and third place to Emanuele Borello from Italy.

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Benoit Bottola – winner Airbrush

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Benoit Bottola model

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Emanuelle Borello – 2nd place Airbrush

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Emanuelle Borello model

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Yiulia Vlasova – 3rd place Airbrush

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Yulia Vlasova model

Special Effects Bodypainting

The winner in the hugely spectacular category of Special Effects Bodypainting was Swedish competitor, Vilija Vitkute, with Gabi Hajek-Renner of Austria taking second and Gloria Bordin from Italy in third.

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Vilija Vitkute – winner SFX

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Vilija Vitkute model

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Gabriele Hajek-Renner – 2nd place SFX

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Gabriele Hajek-Renner model

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Gloria Bordin – 3rd place SFX

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Vilija Vitkute model

After Hours

After the intense days of artistic creation, hundreds of models, artists  and thousands of visitors celebrated to the beats of Conchita Wurst, LEFTBOY and many more.

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You can find all the winners here  Check out the Facebook page.

Next year’s event will take place from 9th to 11th July 2020.  For more details, go to www.worldbodypaintingfestival.com

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