Facial hair-fearing women beware -- these beard championships are home to some of the most extraordinary or disturbing episodes of male self-grooming, depending on how you look at them. The World Beard and Moustache Championships are like the Olympics to proud hair-bearing men. They happen every few years and award prizes based on skill, merit and, as some believe, pure beauty.
300 men from 20 countries around the world compete in these beard championships, fighting for the panel of judges' votes. Awards like best goatee, best stubble and a freestyle round are among the winners, given to beards that involved "loopdeloops" and immense amounts of product. While the Austrian competition has already passed, lovers of these facial feats can look forward to the New York competition in November.