Editor's note: The World Beard and Moustache Championships are quite possibly the best things ever to happen to facial hair. Since 1990, the semi-annual competition has turned growing and grooming into a high-class art form, and the 2017 edition just wrapped up in Austin, Texas, over the weekend.

Photographer Greg Anderson was on the scene taking poignant portraits of the wildest and most wonderful entries, and here they are for your enjoyment. Be sure to vote for your favourites, and let us know which ones you might dare to try yourself.

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Tinka Maruu
Community Member
3 years ago

I love the way the tips of his mustache appear to be balancing his hat. His entire ensemble is perfect.

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Too bored to do this!
Community Member
3 years ago

How long would this take to do??

Jimmy Fox
Community Member
3 years ago

3 1/2 hours

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Flinkie
Community Member
3 years ago

THIS IS AMAZING.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

This is art. Just.. art.

Shruti J.
Community Member
3 years ago

yolo

Barbara
Community Member
3 years ago

Would love to see a video of you prepping this look... so grand!

Kathy Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

Who is his stylist?

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

An Astrologist probably...

Tailsdollmaker/TDM
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh wow that is...Wow

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

And how much hair spray or gel would one need????

Vasanth
Community Member
3 years ago

I see a caricature with two outstretched hands and crossed legs.

Joanne Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome

Kalene Ivey
Community Member
3 years ago

Symmetry is underrated.

Stephanie Braxton
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty cool!

d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
3 years ago

Hipster trends need to freaking stop.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

This picture is so old!

Joyce Bovee
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like someone from oz

Mark Verheirstraeten
Community Member
3 years ago

a druïds beard ;-)

Barnie 'Fat Dick' Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

that is the sickest beard I have ever seen

Earnest Cortez
Community Member
3 years ago

My sister did a great and awesome job. He's No1 in my book

Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

I like his style

criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't even know why, but I like this.

Community Member
3 years ago

This should totally be a superhero " The Beard!!"

Daze
Community Member
3 years ago

I think it'd make a better villain

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Anna Galina Petty
Community Member
3 years ago

He's beard looks surprised

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Margie Lazou
Community Member
3 years ago

at least this one's actually creative.. getting my like.

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Too bored to do this!
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks a bit like pretzels

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shewhomustnotbenamed
Community Member
3 years ago

Hope the chest hair is not real! :D

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

Wowza, that's a braid!

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Palmyre Lgl
Community Member
3 years ago

Very octopussy

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Community Member
3 years ago

just chilling~

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Benny Lava
Community Member
3 years ago

He forgot to do the eyebrow.

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Roos Dillema
Community Member
3 years ago

Good looking man!

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Agnė Kam
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW

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Joanne Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Simple elegance.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

A cross between a serial killer and Salvador Dali

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Margie Lazou
Community Member
3 years ago

poirot tache. totally liked.

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Tinka Maruu
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they take some of these participants' looks and make them into video game characters... Or maybe these guys got their ideas FROM video games? Anyway, I love them all!

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Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

Human Porcupine.

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Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

YESS! Real life Eggman!

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Tiago Cruz
Community Member
3 years ago

Aramis!

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Mark Hand III
Community Member
3 years ago

Channeling Johnny Depp.

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Atlantin
Community Member
3 years ago

I love his eyes!

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Clare McDuff
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone call MIB

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MacacoMonkey
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish it were green like his hair!

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M. B
Community Member
3 years ago

if only the bottom half was made into a flux capacitor bc he nailed the 88

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Susan Kraemer
Community Member
3 years ago

What a poop head🤣😂🤣🤣

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Maverick rudometkin
Community Member
3 years ago

magnifique

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Wendy Woo
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like his face is stretching out!

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Mini Skafsgaard
Community Member
3 years ago

very clever

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Joanne Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Very cool.

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Nini
Community Member
3 years ago

*Cthulhu and 89 mythical monsters like it.*

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Ricardo Lopes
Community Member
3 years ago

I would like to see some birds on that

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M. B
Community Member
3 years ago

1880's Moriarty

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Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

Close up from Eggman?

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Mark Hand III
Community Member
3 years ago

His beard is saying ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Susan Stuart
Community Member
3 years ago

Dudley Dowrite, Right?

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Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

Comedian!

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Li
Community Member
3 years ago

his smile is so cute

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Joanne Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Neat.

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Nini Cole
Community Member
3 years ago

Déjà je n'aime pas la barbe !!!! Alors là c'est le pompon !

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