World Beard and Moustache Championships

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)
The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

On Saturday we shot the Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships for Just for Men, the event’s main sponsor. It was a fantastic event. Other than the action on stage, I wanted to really capture the faces of the competitors so I setup a small studio backstage and shot portraits of many of the winners and interesting characters that I saw. Here are some of my favorites:

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The event was a huge hit, especially here in Portland. Contestants competed for the gold in one of 18 different categories ranging from the delicate Dali to the gravity-defying Full Beard Freestyle. The overall champion was Madison Rowley who was the winner of the Garibaldi. (First photo on the right). Category specific champions included Daniel Lawlor who wowed the judges with his perfectly groomed Freestyle Moustache and Andrew Shuler whose Full Beard Natural charmed the crowds.

To determine the winners, the judges were asked which contestant’s facial hair best enhanced his overall appearance, style and personality. In the freestyle categories the judges were asked to consider originality and creativity as well.

As I suspected would happen, many media outlets have picked up the images, because who doesn’t love cool beards?! The Today Show ran a few images online and on the show this morning.

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