The seventh annual New Zealand Body Art Awards Show took place at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. This year’s theme was ‘The Future’ and challenged artists and models to predict colour, music and dance.
The international judging panel for the awards included Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor. Some of the country’s most imaginative talent showcased their work. In all forty-nine contestants from as far afield as the United States worked with body paint, prosthetics and wigs, preparing their models to woo the audience and judges.
There were five categories; hand painted, hand painted novice, fluorescent, fantasy creatures and masquerade, each with their own group award. In the end it was a bizarre foam and latex offering by Sofia Bue-Pederson from Denmark that won over the judges for the top prize. Studying in New Zealand after winning a category at last year’s awards was enough to focus her imagination and take the supreme award.