- Hundreds of models and artists flock to the annual Body Painting World Festival
- Event, which takes place in Poertschach, Austria, now in its 16th year
- Artists take inspiration from nature and science fiction as they vie for the prestigious top prize
Her face painted blue, a crown of leaves on her head and her arm transformed into a Biblical serpent this woman becomes an alternative Eve as she clutches a tempting apple.
The Eden-inspired model is one of hundreds of people whose bodies have been turned into living canvases as they depict all things wild and wonderful in a brightly-coloured spectacle.
The kalidoscopic models are all taking part in the annual Body Painting World Festival where hundreds of artists from across the globe converge for their yearly celebration.
The world’s biggest bodypainting event, which takes place this weekend, kicked off in style yesterday at Lake Woerthersee in Austria’s southern Carinthia province.
Approximately 30,000 visitors are expected to flood into the Austrian town of Poertschach for a chance to see the amazing human works of art over the course of the three day extravaganza.
The festival, now in its 16th year, is held in Austria annually – and competition is clearly as fierce as ever as contestants take their inspiration from nature, science fiction and tribal art.
By land and sea: One brightly-painted model resembles a colourful bird, while another artist has taken inspiration from the sea with a nautical-themed costume
Drawing inspiration: Models were coated in an array of bright body paint, with some taking inspiration from science fiction or even sugary treats
Painted ladies: While the model on the left was decorated with images from nature, the model on the right seemed to have been inspired by fast food
Other artists clearly had their dinner on their mind as they decorated models with images of foodstuffs and sweet treats.
Vast feather headdresses, space-age tubing, prosthetic make-up, gems and jewels added the finishing touches.
The 200 artists, who hail from 44 countries, are all vying to be crowned winner tomorrow and take home the prestigious World Award.
Austria’s stunning mountains and lakes provide the backdrop as the painted models proudly struck a pose.
Out of this world: Both of these models looked as if they had come to Austria from outer space as they used alien costumes to complete their look
Feeling fruity: Crowns of fruit topped off the models’ looks as they posed for photographers