The 2015 World Beard And Moustache Championships, held in the town of Leogang in the Austrian mountains, is back with more epic beards and moustaches to marvel at. Over 300 bearded and moustachioed men from 20 different countries descended on this small alpine town to strut their stuff.

Contestants compete in 18 categories across three divisions; Moustaches, Partial Beards and Full Beards. Each category features three prizes for the best facial hair. If you love what you see from this year’s contestants, make sure you see the contestants from the 2014 world and 2013 national U.S. championships as well.

Austrian photojournalist Jan Heitfleisch took countless photos at the event, and he didn’t just feature the winners – they’re all worth checking out! If you’re looking for facial hair inspiration, read on. To compete next year, check out the championship organization’s website.

More info: worldbeardchampionships.com (h/t: demilked, designyoutrust)

Over 300 bearded men from 20 different countries came to Leogang, Austria a few days ago

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

They came for the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

The men were competing for categories in three groups: moustache, partial beard and full beard

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

The 18 categories in total include best goatee, best stubble and best fashion beard

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

The competition takes place every year or two in a different country

Image credits: Angelika Warmuth

It was hosted by Norway in 2011 and in Alaska in 2009

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Scroll down for more photos of these fascinating contestants and winners!

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Full Beard Freestyle category winner

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Moustache Freestyle category winner

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

Image credits: Jan Hetfleisch

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