The Ruby Red Paints "Cheek-Off"

This is a contest for designs that could technically fit on the cheek. These normally would be about four inches in diameter or smaller. If larger, they would probably fit better on the face-off contest found at  Early in the contest we allowed cheek art style images painted on the arm or elsewhere. Now we wish to accept only photos that would be painted LITERALLY on the cheek. You will notice by the photos posted that some photos definitely stretch this technical boundary. The popularity of this contest has grown and submissions have increased. Because of this, we have fine tuned the rules to get it more focused on cheek art. From time to time we get designs on the hand or other parts of the body that are smaller and do not really fit in the face-off or body-off so we have allowed them to be considered in this contest but now they are not accepted if they are not painted on the cheek. Also, we will only allow submissions that meet the 4 inch diameter maximum guideline. The only stretch might be if there was a small inconsequential addition. I'll use the example of the bee submitted by Suzie Pierce. You will notice a small white trail that clearly pulls the design beyond the 4 inch diameter. This was allowed because the clear focus is the bee. Our suggestion is to avoid large backgrounds or the like that would push the limits on the 4 inch diameter parameter. Previously posted photos, once accepted, now no longer would be accepted. Since they are older contributions and complied with the rules at that time we have opted to keep them on this page. They certainly earned the right to be there. We just note that photos like the larger hand designs, the tribal lizard by Amy Tan or the flowers by Emma Edworthy (as examples) would no longer be accepted. If you are going to submit, please focus on 4 inch designs. These rules were last updated in January of 2010.

This is a new contest started in April of 2004 and it will be a perpetual contest. This is how it works... if you have an original piece of face painting or body painting that you think might pose a "challenge" to the current reigning King or Queen, then submit your photo to  . In 2006 due to the popularity of this contest we split the contest into three categories... Faces, Bodies and Cheek Art. If the primary focus is the face then it might be put in the face contest even if there are parts of the design that flow onto the body. We discourage you from submitting painting that is simply painting on the back. Note: we are looking for originality. As an example we all have seen our share of tiger, Spiderman and butterflies. If you wish to submit one of these, it better be something quite unique. Again, think original! When you send in your image it is only a submission to the contest. Gary or the Ruby Red Paints discussion list team will hand select from the submission photos that they think might pose a challenge to the current champion. You may not submit a photo that has previously been submitted. As the submissions come in, we will select two "challengers" from the current queue of submissions. Voting will follow each round. Whoever gets the most votes gets to stay at the top. The others drop down in the pyramid. The longer you hold the position as champion, the higher you get to stay in the pyramid.

For this contest we want you to send in higher resolution images. Keep the pixel width around 555 and we will crop to make the image fit to standardize the photo page. The lower in the pyramid, the smaller the image becomes. The object is to stay on top of the pyramid the longest, as new challengers come to take you on. For this contest you will need to send in your very best efforts. Take your time on these images and take particular steps to have a neutral back ground, proper focus, proper zooming and proper lighting. Each of these will work toward your good. Focus on the "painted canvas" and not the body, costume etc. We think this will be a new twist on the SNAZAROO photo contests. As time goes on we will interject prizes if someone holds the crown for more than three consecutive months. If you were a reigning King or Queen and get knocked off the top of the pyramid, then you have to set out one full round before having another of your photos attempt a challenge. When you submit your photo make sure you give your name, your location in the world and let us know if you want either your e-mail or URL link posted under your photo. Body art, full faces or even cheek art will be considered.

All photos and text found on the SNAZAROO site are protected by copyright. You may not post any photo or text to your website or for resale in any form without the written permission of the artist.

Go and view the Face-Off version of this contest    Go and view the Body-Off version of this contest  




# of days

# of successful challenges

Current Champion: Alison Kenyon from the USA July 6, 2009 current   4
Longest reigning female champion to date by time: Ivonne Lizeth Terán García Aug 15, 2006 June 30, 2008   16
Longest reigning female champion by wins: Ivonne Lizeth Terán García Aug 15, 2006 June 30, 2008   16
Longest reigning male champion to date by time: William Edge from the USA July 21, 2008 August 25, 2008   6
Longest reigning male champion by wins: William Edge from the USA July 21, 2008 August 25, 2008   6

Note: If the reigning King or Queen fends off a challenge and holds onto the crown, the numbers below will increase accordingly. This is done to keep a running total of the numbers of wins per individual, sex, or country of residence. If for example someone is able to fend off challenges four times, then their count below would increase by one for each win.

Running total of female winners: 139        
Running total male winners: 8        
Running total of winners from Belgium: 4        
Running total of winners from Scotland: 6        
Running total of winners from: Peru: 2        
Running total of winners from Ireland: 2        
Running total of winners from Australia: 24        
Running total of winners from Canada: 4        
Running total of winners from England: 15        
Running total of winners from Mexico: 10        
Running total of winners from the Netherlands: 3        
Running total of winners from New Zealand: 6        
Running total of winners from South Africa: 3        
Running total of winners from the United States: 53        
Running total of winners from Wales: 15        


We are looking for challengers for the cheek off challenge.   To vote on this face-off go to
Current Queen Challenger #1 Challenger #2
Alison Kenyon    
Colfax, CA, USA    
June 29, 2009    

 Currently accepting challengers to

      Previous Winners
Carmela Sosa Kristi Darby Katy Pannulla William Edge Kristi Darby
Fresno, CA, USA Kansas City, MO, USA Trevose, PA Spokane, WA, USA Kansas City, MO, USA
December 8, 2008 October 13, 2008 September, 24 2008 September 9, 2008 September 2, 2008  link
William Edge Kristi Darby William Edge Marisa G. Ivonne Lizeth Terán García
Spokane, WA, USA Kansas City, MO, USA Washington, USA Oahu, Hawaii Mexico
August 25, 2008 August 18, 2008 July 15, 2008 June 26, 2008 Dec 22, 2005


Previous Challengers
    Silke Schmitt Blanca Anderson-Valdez Heather Danecek Ghelly
    Marktheidenfeld, Germany Houston, Texas, USA Sydney, Australia Chicago, IL, USA
    January 7, 2010 January 7, 2010 September 10, 2009 September 10, 2009
    link e-mail   link
Ghelly Alison Kenyon Katie Williams Marian Velthuis Marian Velthuis Kristi Darby
Chicago, IL, USA Colfax, CA, USA Alpine, CA, USA Zwolle, the Netherlands  Zwolle, the Netherlands Kansas City, MO, USA
June 29, 2009 December 8, 2008 November 6, 2008 November 6, 2008 October 13, 2008 September 24, 2008
Sarah with Fantasy Face Painting Katie Williams Carmela Sosa Angie Anders Roberta Mandella Linda Sheehan
  Alpine, CA, USA Fresno, CA East Texas, USA Worcester, MA, USA Tucson, AZ, USA
September 9, 2008 September 2, 2008 August 25, 2008 August 18, 2008 August 12, 2008 August 12, 2008
Linda Sheehan Kristi Darby Roberta Mandella Emily Isabella Christina Davison Angie Anders
Tucson, AZ, USA Kansas City, MO, USA Worcester, MA, USA St. Louis, MO, USA Amarillo, Texas, USA East Texas, USA
August 5, 2008 August 5, 2008 July 28, 2008 July 28, 2008 July 21,2008 July 21, 2008
Jennifer Woods Jennifer Woods William Edge Susie Pierce Jennifer Woods Jennifer Woods
Carol Stream, IL Carol Stream, IL Washington, USA Baton Rouge, Louisiana Carol Stream, IL Carol Stream, IL
July 15, 2008 July 8, 2008 July 8, 2008 July 2, 2008 July 2, 2008 June 26, 2008
Lisabeth Place Jennifer Woods Tina Carroll Jennifer Woods Vicky Daubney
Lisa Eklund
Denver, CO Carol Stream, IL Mpls./St. Paul, MN Carol Stream, IL UK League City, Texas
Feb 19, 2008 Feb 19, 2008 Dec 27, 2007 Dec 27, 2007 Dec 21, 2007 Dec 21, 2007
Barbara Alldaffer Xenia Eliassen Summer the Clown Emilie Zoey Baker Barbara Alldaffer Nicola Shilson
Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota Norway New York, NY USA Australia Minneapolis/St Paul Minnesota England
Aug 20, 2007 Aug 20, 2007 Aug 15, 2007 Aug 15, 2007 May 22, 2007 May 22, 2007
Katy Pannulla Teal Meyer Christina Davidson Gabriel Suarez Gabriel Suarez Amy Tan
Trevose ? Amarillo, TX Southern California Southern California Baltimore, MD
Jan 24, 2007 Jan 24, 2007 Jan 17, 2007 Oct 13, 2006 Oct 25, 2006 Oct 25. 2006
Gabriel Suarez Catriona Finlayson  Kristy Ray Viviana Garibay Emma Edworthy  Des
Southern California United Kingdom Fresno, CA Fresno, Ca Devon U.K Orlando, FL
Oct 13, 2006 Oct 13, 2006 Aug 8, 2006 Aug 8, 2006 Oct 1, 2004 Aug 30, 2004 link    

All photos on this page are protected by copyright.

When you submit photos for any contest they will remain posted. Any changes in text or removal of photo at a later date requires a $5 administration fee.

Other rules.... read this carefully!
1) You may not enter any photo that you have entered before
2) You may not use acrylics or any non-FDA approved face paint in any form. You are otherwise allowed to use any FDA compliant face paint.
3) If your photo is very fuzzy or out of focus it will not be entered. There is no excuse here because we are willing to scan the photo(s) for you.
4) Do not take your photo from 20 feet away. Get as close to your art work as possible. We want to see the art not your entire living room.



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