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This shooting star themed beard is all sorts of lucky.

This shooting star themed beard is all sorts of lucky. [Photo: Caters]

Beard and Moustache Championship 2019: Entrants showcase incredible facial hair

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Every year, individuals compete for the most weird and wonderful facial hair at the US National Beard and Moustache Championships, held in Chicago.

Photographer Greg Anderson, 44, from Las Vegas, USA, attends the contest annually to get shots of the entrants – who this year had beards up to 60 centimetres long.

Greg, who has been attending the event for the past seven years and describes it as ‘a two day party,’ said: “It’s a personal project that I love doing every year because of all of the people involved, some of which I’ve known now since the first event I shot in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.

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“All of the character, designs and styles never disappoint and it’s the most fun I have all year on a photoshoot.

“I plan on continuing indefinitely and gathering more material with the goal of putting out a book at some point in the future.

“It’s exciting to see the images make their way around the globe.

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“The crazier the design the better, in my book - I love all of the outrageous styles the most, they’re kind of like my children, I can’t pick favourites.”

Take a look through some of this year’s most stand-out looks.