Battle of the beards! 2016’S best beards revealed!
Gents from around the world descended on Nashville earlier this month fighting for the title of ‘best beard’ in the National Beard and Moustache Championship.
The annual competition covers 17 categories in which the men can compete, ranging from freestyle, to natural, to facial hair inspired by icons such as Dali and the Musketeers.
With the competition as stiff as the waxed moustaches, competitors had to go beard to beard to decide whose facial fuzz was the most fan-TASH-tic.
Competitors were judged on their overall appearance, style and personality, with judges also considering originality and creativity in the freestyle categories.
Contestants certainly rose to the challenge with perfectly curled beards and also more outrageous statement styles, such as a Tim Burton themed beard, and a beard styled to look like a beak.
Greg Anderson, 41, is a professional photographer from Las Vegas, and for the last three years has been photographing the competitors for the competition.
He said: “Photographing the championships is a personal project of mine and this was my third National Championship.
“My favorite part of photographing the championships is getting to see the competitors and what they bring to the competition each year.
“Since I’ve been shooting them for a few years now, it’s like seeing old friends at the events now. I love hanging out with them and being a part of the show.
“It really is a great bunch of guys getting together to have a good time, each year in a new, cool location.”