For those who don’t know, the World Beard and Moustache Championships is a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA), in which men with beards and moustaches display highly stylized facial hair. This year, it was held in Antwerp, Belgium, and hosted by Snorrenclub Antwerpen. The next event, in March 2021, will be hosted by the New Zealand Beard Club, since they are held every two years, on odd years only. Read more for videos of some of this year’s craziest creations.
There are a total of three brackets of facial hair: Moustache, Partial Beard and Full Beard. Each one is broken into individual categories. There are normally 17 categories, but there was 18 for the 2009, 2013 & 2015 championships, and a whopping 27 for 2017, including for the first time 4 “Craft Beard” (ladies / “Whiskerina”) categories. A new category for 1 cm short carved beards was introduced in 2013 and repeated in 2015 called the Trend Beard, which has its own bracket.