Hundreds of competitors from 20 countries gathered in Germany for the World Beard and Moustache Championships.
Entrants from around the globe travelled to the southern town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, outside Stuttgart, to compete for the best facial hair in a range of four categories and 18 sub-categories, including moustaches, chin beards, whiskers, full beards and trendy bears.
New Zealand competitor Nick Brown decided to enter his big, bushy brown beard after reading about the competition online about a year ago.
"I thought I'd come and have a look, maybe grow a beard and see what happens."
The championships were officially watched by the German Association of Beard Clubs and all entrants were subject to a pre-screeing to determine their beard category by a separate jury.
American contestants proved to be the biggest beard fans as Beard Team USA scooped nine trophies.
Organiser Juergen Burkhardt said the turnout was much better than expected.
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