Paint strippers: 200 exotic human artworks draw 30,000 visitors to the 15th annual World Bodypainting Festival

Bright blue with huge elf-like ears, knobbly  protruding horns and a snouty nose this woman is transformed into an  otherworldly creature.

The avatar-inspired artist is surrounded by  hundreds of people whose bodies have been turned into canvases of kaleidoscopic  colours.

The incredible sights are all part of the Body Painting World Festival where hundreds of enthusiasts from across the world  converge for their annual jamboree.

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Otherworldly: One artist seemed to take inspiration from  Avatar while other struck her most ethereal pose for the 15th Body Painting  World Championship 

 

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Freaky: These body-painting enthusiasts dabbled with  more sinister looks for the three-day event, which is being held in  Austria 

Approximately 30,000 visitors are flooding  into the Austrian town of Poertschach for a chance to see the amazing human  works of art this weekend.

The largest body-painting festival in the  world, the three-day event is now in its 15 year and is held in Austria every  year.

With a few contestants sporting devilish  looks, others futuristic and some psychedelic the competition is as fierce as  ever.

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Mesmerising: This woman pulled out all the stops,  including wearing bizarre contact lenses, to try and win the world’s largest  body painting festival

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Carnivalesque: One woman transformed her body into a  tribal work of art while another contestant topped her creation off with a huge  bejewelled headdress

 

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Head-turning: Impressive headpieces were favourite  accessories in the bid to have the most striking look

Vast feather headdresses, golden  Egyptian-style headpieces, prosthetic make-up, gems and jewels add 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 artists proudly strike a pose.

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Clever clogs: This woman was plastered in chemical  equations; one man appeared to be making a global warming point with a melting  ice-cap painted on his forehead

 

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Striking a pose: 200 contestants from 44 countries are  taking part in the three-day festival

 

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What a view: Stunning Austrian lakes and mountains  provided the backdrop for this year’s championships

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