Winners Galore at Australian Body Art Festival 2018

The 2018 Australian Body Art Festival saw around 60 competitors from around the nation embrace this year’s theme of ‘Wild Things” and put on a colourful show for over 8000 spectators in Cooroy last weekend.

Some of Australia’s best body artists, face painters, visual artists and wearable art designers created and paraded their masterpieces across five competition categories.

Event Manager Danielle Taylor says the theme of “Wild Things” drew a wide range of interpretations across all competition categories and some truly incredible art emerged.

“It truly is phenomenal to watch the artists come together from near and far to create something special for the spectators,” she said.

“The artists were under pressure to create their masterpieces within the defined time limits of the competitions, yet all had smiles on their faces and really enjoyed themselves and celebrated the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists,” Danielle said.

The prize-winners for 2018 were:

BRUSH & SPONGE BODY ART
Winner: Wendy Fantasia from Melbourne, Vic
Runner Up & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil from Adelaide, SA

AIRBRUSH BODY ART
Winner: Holly Hughes from Kandanga Creek, Qld
Runner Up: Sandra Temple from Brisbane, Qld
People’s Choice: Elfie Janadem from Mount Burrell, NSW

SPECIAL EFFECTS BODY ART
Winner: Holly Hughes from Kandanga Creek, Qld
Runner Up & People’s Choice: Sonja Howard from Brisbane, Qld

FACE PAINTING
Winner & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil from Adelaide, SA
Runner Up: Ayesha Henderson from Sunshine Coast, Qld

WEARABLE ART (fabulous fashion made from recycled treasures)
Winner & People’s Choice: Dominique Abraham from Pottsville, NSW
Runner Up: Isla Faulds from Cooran, Qld

BEST MODEL
Saturday: Alicia Davies from Sunshine Coast, Qld
Sunday: Simon Lyell from Brisbane, Qld

If you missed the fun or just want to relieve it, make sure you come to the photo exhibition of the photographic competitors at the Butter Factory Arts Centre from 12 May to 23 May with the official launch and prize giving ceremony on Saturday 12 May at 2pm during the Cooroy Fusion Festival.
Visit the website www.australianbodyart.com.au or Facebook @AustralianBodyArtFestival for more information and photos.
This Australian Body Art Festival is on 7 & 8 April at Cooroy Mill Place and is run by the volunteers at Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and funded through donations and sponsorships from Sunshine Coast Daily, Wythes Real Estate, Tourism Noosa, Firefly Solutions, Outback Queensland Tourism, Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, SPV Accounting, Arts & Culture Eumundi, The Shed @ Cooroy, Matt Blak, Wattle Media, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Gelignite Jacks, Bold as Love Jewellery, Studio Republic, Michelle Maclennan Art, Always Wicked Art, Club Cooroy RSL, Fairytale Events & Equip4Hire, Sea 91.9FM, Derivan, Cooroy Supa IGA, Tewantin Noosa RSL, Jandamarra Cadd, Wild at Heart, Hinternoosa Real Estate, RACV Noosa, Face Paints Australia, The Looney Bin, Surfair & Australia Zoo.