Every year, bold men from around the nation blow-dry, slick back, and curl their facial hair into brilliantly epic designs for the National Beard and Moustache Championships, and this year's contestants didn't fail to impress. The men entered their amazing do's into 18 categories, including delicate Dali mustaches, Hungarian handlebars, slender Fu Manchu fringe, traditional Amish beards, or the more creative full beard freestyles. The photographs prove that there's a real art to styling a beard or mustache.
The competition was documented by Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson, who traveled to Nashville to capture the charming participants' faces. Each photo showcases the men's specific personalities through carefully chosen outfits, props, and expressions. A competition for baffling beards and medal-worthy mustaches calls for nothing short than quirky, individualized photos to show off this unique craft.
You can view this year's results, as well as those from past years, on the official Championship website.
Which one would you vote for?
And it's only a matter of time before this little guy gets in on the action…
All images via Greg Anderson.