The annual National Beard and Moustache Championships are an opportunity for facial hair aficionados to gather together and get creative with their grooming. Each year, photographer Greg Anderson makes the journey to document the competition and show off the wild beards and mustaches of the contestants. The 2019 championships were held in Illinois over the course of two days and drew competitors of all ages, races, and genders.
Anderson's portraits of these facial hair masters have almost become part of the event, with each contestant proudly showing off their handiwork. From intricate sculptures to perfectly groomed, classic styles, it's incredible to see what each person does with their beards and mustaches. It's also amazing to see the power and confidence that each participant displays, many even donning special costumes to round out their spectacular facial hair.
Competitors put their best foot forward in over 50 categories that celebrate mustaches, sideburns, goatees, and full beards. Categories include Fu Manchu, Dali Moustache, Creative Beard, and much more. Let's take a look at some of their creative stylings, which may just inspire you to go ahead and grow out your own facial hair.
Check out some of the wildest styles from the National Beard and Moustache Championships.
The contest also celebrates excellence in classic facial hair grooming.
But it's the creative categories where contestants let their imaginations run wild.
There are even some women who joined in the creative fun.