The annual National Beard and Moustache Championships are an opportunity for facial hair aficionados to gather together and get creative with their grooming. The 2019 championships were held in Illinois over the course of two days and drew competitors of all ages, races, and genders. As usual, photographer Greg Anderson makes the journey to document the competition and Anderson’s portraits of these facial hair masters have almost become part of the event.
Each contestant proudly showing off their handiwork in front of Anderson’s camera. From intricate sculptures to perfectly groomed, classic styles, it is amazing to see the power and confidence that each participant displays. Competitors put their best foot forward in over 50 categories that celebrate mustaches, sideburns, goatees, and full beards. Below are some of the creative styling, and you can head over to Anderson’s site for the other wildest facial hair creation.