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World Bodypainting Festival 2020 The COVID Edition

September 15th, 2020

September 15th, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for the makeup industry with the vast majority of our events being cancelled or postponed.  Not so the World Bodypainting Festival which decided to take the plunge and bring the event online – with its own very special little twist.

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Instead of its customary home at Klagenfurt by Lake Wörthersee in Austria, the Festival took its six major categories online, giving each its own day beginning with the Amateur Award for Brush and Sponge on Monday 6th July and ending with the World Award on Friday 10th July.

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Klagenfurt – Luftbild (c) StadtPresse Klagenfurt – Horst

With over 600 participants from 55 nationalities over 17 time zones battling it out over the five days, this Festival was like nothing ever seen before.  Not simply content with pulling all of this together, Alex Barendregt and his team added another level for the spectators who were watching from home and established 19 WBF Creative Hotspots across the world.  Spanning five continents the Hotspots stretched from Las Vegas to Seoul, Auckland to Rome, Costa Rica to Kiev, and provided a venue where artists could come together to work online.

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Artist Bella Volen – Photo Sarah Egger

Known for the spectacular visual experience of the Festival as well as the creativity of the painting, Alex and the team then broadcast live on Facebook on the Saturday to round off the hugely successfully week and reveal the winners.

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Highlights were South Korea triumphing in the Amateur award for Brush and Sponge, with Yu Sohyeon taking first and Lee Yeajun finishing third, while it was a clean sweep for Mexico in the Facepainting World Award.  Winner Noe Duran was also awarded the crown for Brush and Sponge World Award.  Tatiana Velichkina from Russia had a great Festival, taking second place in both Creative Makeup Special Award and Special Effects Makeup Special Award.  Triple champion from 2008, 2014 and 2015, Alex Hansen from Brazil, took the Airbrush title for a fourth time.

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Exhibition Opening Elena Tagliapietra – Daniel Janesch

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Artist Elena Tagliapietra – Photo Daniel Janesch

While it’s not the same as being there in person, we loved how this year’s Festival has been staged and can’t wait to join them in Austria again next year.  Dates are announced for 22–24 July 2021 with extended sessions beginning from 18th.  Go to bodypainting-festival.com for more details.  https://bodypainting-festival.com/en/tickets

See you in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee – fingers crossed.

Amateur Award – Brush and Sponge powered by Asia Colors

  1. Yu Sohyeon from South Korea
  2. Roberta Gazzetto Roberta from Italy
  3. Lee Yeajun from South Korea
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1st Place Amateur Award Brush and Sponge – Yu Sohyeon

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2nd Place Amateur Award Brush and Sponge – Roberta Gazetto

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3rd Place Amateur Award Brush and Sponge – Lee Yeajun

Special Award – Creative Makeup powered by OnMakeup Magazine and Base Formula

  1. Joyce Spakman from Netherlands
  2. Tatiana Velichkina from Russia
  3. Emma Raesaenen from Finland
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1st Place Special Creative Award – Joyce Spakman

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2nd Place Special Creative Award – Tatiana Velichkina

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3rd Place Special Creative Award – Emma Räesäenen

Special Award – Special Effects Makeup powered by Kryolan

  1. Efi Tsimpi from Greece
  2. Tatiana Velichkina from Russia
  3. Kaiho Sato from Japan
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1st Place Award SFX – Efi Tsimpi

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2nd Place Special Award SFX – Tatiana Velichkina

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3rd Place Special Award SFX – Kaiho Sato

World Award – Facepainting powered by Snazaroo

  1. Noe Duran from Mexico
  2. Adrian Castro Gomez from Mexico
  3. Alexis Arenas from Mexico
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3rd Place World Facepaint – Alexis Arenas

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2nd Place World Facepaint – Adrian Castro

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1st Place World Facepaint – Noe Duran

World Award – Airbrush powered by Kryolan

  1. Alex Hansen from Brazil
  2. Yulia Vlasova from Russia
  3. Udo Schurr from Germany
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3rd Place World Airbrush – Udo Schurr

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2nd Place World Airbrush – Julia Vlasova

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1st Place World Airbrush – Alex Hansen

World Award – Brush and Sponge sponsored by Kryolan

  1. Noe Duran from Mexico
  2. Daniele Piovano from Italy
  3. Claudia Kraemer from Germany
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3rd Place World Brush and Sponge – Claudia Kraemer

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2nd Place World Brush and Sponge – Daniele Piovano

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1st Place World Brush and Sponge – Noe Duran

 

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