Beard and Moustache Championship 2019: Entrants showcase incredible facial hair

Francesca SpecterYahoo Style UK deputy editor

Every year, individuals compete for the most weird and wonderful facial hair at the US National Beard and Moustache Championships, held in Chicago.

Photographer Greg Anderson, 44, from Las Vegas, USA, attends the contest annually to get shots of the entrants – who this year had beards up to 60 centimetres long.

Greg, who has been attending the event for the past seven years and describes it as ‘a two day party,’ said: “It’s a personal project that I love doing every year because of all of the people involved, some of which I’ve known now since the first event I shot in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.

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“All of the character, designs and styles never disappoint and it’s the most fun I have all year on a photoshoot.

“I plan on continuing indefinitely and gathering more material with the goal of putting out a book at some point in the future.

“It’s exciting to see the images make their way around the globe.

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“The crazier the design the better, in my book - I love all of the outrageous styles the most, they’re kind of like my children, I can’t pick favourites.”

Take a look through some of this year’s most stand-out looks.

This shooting star themed beard is all sorts of lucky. [Photo: Caters]
This shooting star themed beard is all sorts of lucky.
This shooting star themed beard is all sorts of lucky. [Photo: Caters]
Against the gentleman's blue waistcoat, this facial hair resembles a squid. [Photo: Caters]
Against the gentleman's blue waistcoat, this facial hair resembles a squid.
Against the gentleman's blue waistcoat, this facial hair resembles a squid. [Photo: Caters]
It's all about the length for this entrant. [Photo: Caters]
It's all about the length for this entrant.
It's all about the length for this entrant. [Photo: Caters]
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We imagine this one took a tremendous amount of styling. [Photo: Caters]
We imagine this one took a tremendous amount of styling.
We imagine this one took a tremendous amount of styling. [Photo: Caters]
We're going dizzy with this beard styled in concentric circles. [Photo: Caters]
We're going dizzy with this beard styled in concentric circles.
We're going dizzy with this beard styled in concentric circles. [Photo: Caters]
This man is proudly showcasing his ginger lengths. [Photo: Caters]
This man is proudly showcasing his ginger lengths.
This man is proudly showcasing his ginger lengths. [Photo: Caters]
We can't get over this waist-length growth. [Photo: Caters]
We can't get over this waist-length growth.
We can't get over this waist-length growth. [Photo: Caters]
This extreme moustache-beard-sideburns combination defies gravity. [Photo: Caters]
This extreme moustache-beard-sideburns combination defies gravity.
This extreme moustache-beard-sideburns combination defies gravity. [Photo: Caters]
This peacock inspired moustache is a true artwork. [Photo: Caters]
This peacock inspired moustache is a true artwork.
This peacock inspired moustache is a true artwork. [Photo: Caters]
This Gandalf inspired look is sure to be a hit among Lord of the Rings fans. [Photo: Caters]
This Gandalf inspired look is sure to be a hit among Lord of the Rings fans.
This Gandalf inspired look is sure to be a hit among Lord of the Rings fans. [Photo: Caters]
Moustache or ruler? [Photo: Caters]
Moustache or ruler?
Moustache or ruler? [Photo: Caters]
It's a face-off between this pair. [Photo: Caters]
It's a face-off between this pair.
It's a face-off between this pair. [Photo: Caters]
This back-to-front look has us all sorts of confused. [Photo: Caters]
This back-to-front look has us all sorts of confused.
This back-to-front look has us all sorts of confused. [Photo: Caters]
Couples who grow beards together stay together? [Photo: Caters]
Couples who grow beards together stay together?
Couples who grow beards together stay together? [Photo: Caters]
We like how this sundial beard is styled at just the right angles. [Photo: Caters]
We like how this sundial beard is styled at just the right angles.
We like how this sundial beard is styled at just the right angles. [Photo: Caters]
This must have taken a while. [Photo: Caters]
This must have taken a while.
This must have taken a while. [Photo: Caters]

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