Just a few weeks ago, men flocked to the 2013 Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans boasting all kinds of wild styles ranging from full beards to thin Dali mustaches. Along with the participants, Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson also traveled there in order to document the spectacle of colors, styles, curls, twists, and braids throughout the competition. This extensive series of portraits features a wide range of dynamic personalities conveyed through each image.
Every year, the fun event provides a platform through which men are invited to show off their individuality through their personal works of facial hair art. The judges divide the mustaches, partial beards, and full beards into eighteen separate categories, with a gold, silver, and bronze medalist for each group. With such a comprehensive list of options, the event welcomes a large variety of proud participants, ready to exhibit their elaborate and creative facial decor. In the photographs, not only do the men boast incredibly complex designs, but their personalities come shining through in the selection of clothing, accessories, and amazing expressions. In fun-loving fashion, the competition website asks the question, “Does the man make the beard or does the beard make the man?”