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Results 2023

The World Bodypainting Festival 2023 was characterized by significant transformation. With the new venue, the Messearena Klagenfurt and the rescheduled date in September, the WBF heralded a new era with even more focus on the art.

Despite the new event layout and focus, the World Championship for Bodypainting and Makeup Artists, organized for the first time as an indoor event, once again attracted hundreds of teams from around the world to Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (AT).

The multitude of impressive artworks also captivated numerous photographers, who used their photographic skills to capture the ephemeral art creations.
Traditionally, one of the last awards to be given are those of the WBF Photo Award 2023.

It's always a daunting task to assess the participants' efforts, as they've dedicated countless hours to perfecting their photo work.

It is an enormous responsibility to select the best shot - one that includes model pose, perfect lighting, and retouching. Every detail is important, as the images that were placed in the TOP rate get a chance to be presented on mayor communication materials for the upcoming World Bodypainting Festival 2024.

Thanks to all the photographers who come to the festival and participate in the photo competition - you record the historical moments for many people! Bodypainting and make-up are immersive arts that need your perfect capture to exist!

All entries can be found on our Photo Gallery Server.

Exhibition Korea
Exhibition Korea
WBA International Beauty Design Fair 2024

Many of the top images from the WBF Photo Awards were exhibited in February in the Beauty Design Fair in the City Hall in Seoul. This exhibition was organized by our World Bodypainting Association's partner KMAA - Korean Make-up Artist Association.

/ Our dear Judges

The Jury 2023

    • Kurt Batschinski - Board of Presidents of the FIAP World Photographic Association
    • Daniel Janesch - Pro Photographer & the WBF Photo Crew
    • Irina Skripnik - Award-winning photographer & digital artist
    • Davide DaDamos - Multiple award winner at the WBF
    • Leon Sokoletski - Fashion Photographer & Worldwide Instructor
    • Alex Barendregt, WBF Director for the organization (no judge)

Each photo was rated with 1 to 10 points; all photos in the top 15 were discussed and ranked.

We congratulate all the winners and are looking forward to a festive awarding at the World Bodypainting Festival 2024.

Jury WBF Photo Award

Best Bodypainting Photo 2023

1 Place  Ellie Hope (UK)
2 Place  Michael Lessard (Canada)
3 Place  Bettina Koch (Germany)

Complete results of the category "Bodypainting" 2023 as PDF


Best Fashion / Portrait Photo 2023

1st Place Michael Lessard (Canada)
2nd Place Claudia Friedrich (Germany)
3rd Place Peter Weiser (Germany)

 Complete results of the category "Best Fashion / Portrait Photo" 2023 as PDF


Top 10 Photos, Category "Bodypainting"

Top 10 Photos, Category "Portrait/Fashion"

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