Photographer Information

Benefits for Photographers

  • This is the best and biggest bodypainting event in the USA, and, in fact, the entire Western Hemisphere. There is no similar event in New York, Los Angeles or San Fransisco. This is it.
  • Access to the very best bodypainting talent, including current and former World Champions, Skin Wars contestants as well as the brightest emerging talent.
  • Dozens of bodypainted models. The largest assembly of bodypainting competition models in the USA.
  • Artists from many international destinations, all right here, in one place.
  • One stop shopping – No modeling fees, utility costs, location scouting, artist hiring.
  • We manage all the talent, we manage all the contracts and documentation.
  • Shoot a thousand photos, We just need a few goods shots of each model.
  • Spaces are limited. Act now.

2018 Living Art America Photographers

Bodypainting is a process that results in art for many to enjoy through the synergy of the artists, their models, and the image photographers and video photographers that are vital to the process. Living Art America recognizes the importance of this relationship. We want to strengthen this relationship and create an approach that fosters respect, creates more value for all participants, and ensures acknowledgment for all parties. We recognize that bodypainting is a highly visual art form. We recognize that high-quality images and videos that travel around the world via the internet and social media are really the ambassadors in helping us promote and grow the community. When done well they communicate the beauty, power, and excitement of this unique art. The quality of images is vital to the quality of our message to the world.

For Photographers:

  • We wish to create strong relationships with a select group of established, professional-level photographers by providing exclusive opportunities to work with the artists and models during periods not open to the public with “Independent” and “Studio” options. Selection and participation are dependent on portfolio submission to be reviewed by our Photography Coordinator, who will also be coordinating activities of the photographers.
  • “Studio” photographers will be allocated a minimum 12’ x 10’ space for exclusive image shooting and dedicated time per model/artist combination. No other photographers will be allowed to photograph in that studio location or into the studio space.
  • Copies of all Model releases will be provided to the photographers with assignment for use for both submitted and not-submitted photographs.
  • Images Not Submitted: Registered photographers have no restrictions for use (free and clear copyright) for all pictures not submitted, which should be the large majority the images you take. Additionally, Living Art America agrees to be responsive to any additional support requests for photographer publication [the only caveat being that we request such publication honor the intent of Living Art America standards (no pornography, defamatory use, etc.)
  • Submitted Images: Within 30 days after the Event, Photographers will submit to Living Art America a selection of high-quality images, to include at least one image of each model, as well as images of the artists, runway, pre/post event, and “behind the scenes” elements and groups of models showing finished artwork. Living Art America will be granted an exclusive license to these images.
  • Access to amenities, behind the scenes access, and photographer coordination.
  • Utilities {Electricity/} will be provided for photographers who take advantage of the studio option.

Artists and Models

  • Living Art America seeks to ensure that artists and models have the ability use images submitted for social media, portfolio, and other promotional use.
  • All images (submitted by registered photographers) will be provided to Artists and Models for promotional use.

Artists, Models, and Photographers

  • We will require all artists, models, and photographers to provide attribution when submitted photographs are used and to use #livingartamerica (or other attribution to Living Art America). We recognize there are times when this might be impractical but expect a good-faith effort to treat all participants equally.
  • The majority of images/photographs (“not submitted”) will be retained by the photographer. While Living Art America cannot require it, we do request photographers follow the above rules and guidelines. Artist and models should understand that if a photographer provides you images for promotional purposes, where those images are not provided through Living Art America, the images are copyrighted by the photographer and as such should not be altered significantly (watermark removed or materially altered). If you wish to alter the image you should ask the photographer for permission (other than basic resizing for social media use).
  • In all cases, it is the hope of Living Art America that all images/photographs are presented artistically and respectfully and not used in a defamatory way or in locations not representing our principles (such as pornography site). Such use may result in blocking the individual from future participation.


Group One – Studio Photographers

  • A limited number of Studio Photographers will be chosen for each event at Living Art America.
  • Each Studio Photographer will be given a 12’ x 10’ space to use as their studio space. This space is theirs to set up as they wish with lights, backgrounds, etc.
  • Each of these spaces will be arranged in a row, one next to the other
  • Bodypainted models will leave the judging area and proceed to the photographer’s stations, where they will visit each one in a sequential flow.
  • Models will spend 4 minutes (or less) at each station.
  • The designated time for Studio Photographers to shoot is immediately after the judging and before the evening show.
  • Registration begins at 1:30 pm. No photography is allowed before this time. Photographer set up and load-in may begin after registration.
  • Studio Photographers may also shoot during the ongoing bodypainting competition before the public enters into the competition painting area. Studio Photographers have the same access and mobility as Independent Photographers, plus the studio space.
  • This space will be exclusively your own. Neither the public nor any other photographers will be allowed to shoot “over your shoulder”. If any violation of this rule occurs, please inform our personnel and the matter will be addressed immediately.
  • Videography will also be part of the offerings, however, the video area will be separate from the photographer area so as to prevent light bleed from flashing lights.

A fee of $295 (non-refundable) will be paid upon registration for each event. This includes standard admission to the event for one photographer. If you require an assistant, please contact us at Please use the subject heading in your email: PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT REQUEST. All assistants must be registered with Living Art America.


Group Two – Independent (“Free-Range”, Roaming) Photographers

  • A limited number of Independent Photographers will be chosen for each event at Living Art America.
  • Photographers will have access to the ongoing bodypainting competition before the public enters into the competition painting area.
  • A fee of $145 (non-refundable) will be paid upon registration for each event. This includes standard admission to the event for one photographer.
  • Registration begins at 1:30 pm. No photography is allowed before this time.


A Note on File Folder Structure and Organization

It is not necessary for photographers to place each artist and model in a separate folder. One folder containing all of your photos will do. This will be made available to artists and models who will peruse them online. This can be done very quickly and artists will skim through the images until they land on the ones that are relevant to them.

A Note on File Naming Conventions

Everyone wants to receive proper credit, and this begins with file naming. It is very easy for files to get shuffled around and if your image has a name like IMG_9815987324984159.jpg you cannot expect anyone to remember that you are the photographer to be credited. Please DO NOT submit files to us with names like this. Adobe Bridge or similar software application can quickly batch rename all your files. We recommend this format: event/year_photographername_number. Here is an example:


After the Event

  • Contact information for photographers will be made generally available to artists and models.
    Digital copies of all model releases will be made available to all photographers within 30 days after the events.
  • A PDF document listing artist names, assistants and models will be made available to photographers to aid identification. This will also include artist competition numbers.
  • A collection of the official artist photos featuring the artist competition numbers will aid the photographer in visually identifying artist, assistants, and models.
  • Feel free to post images on your website, photography groups, contests, and social media pages, especially the “Living Art America Participant Group” as well as the Living Art America main FB page. Again, please credit where possible and use #livingartamerica.
  • We encourage sharing over selling. It is permissible to sell prints of images taken during the Living Art America events, but we will actively discourage the use of solicitation during the events themselves or on social media. All the models and artists will have been given the contact information for the registered photographers. They know how to find you if they are inspired to reach out to you.

Important – Contracts and Documents

Click on the button below to get a PDF file of the documents.

Feedback Appreciated!

We love to get constructive criticism, suggestions or even outright praise about how we’re doing with Living Art America. We read all your comments carefully. You guys have great ideas and we love hearing them!

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Please fill out the free application below. Living Art America will carefully select photographers for a few limited spots in each category. These photographers will then be notified and required to complete the full registration process.

Application form coming soon.


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