A certain ambitious energy was apparent in the incredible beard structures, or some of the more elaborate costumes. Having said that, the event’s atmosphere was warm and merry – not at all cutthroat competitive. Although winning a category would have been appealing to anyone, a very real gratification came from being on location among their community; drinking and socialising together with people that travelled from different corners of the world for their mutual love for facial hair was a prize in itself. Some categories permitted styling aids, while others had to be completely au naturel. Across three main categories – moustache, partial beard, and full beard – there were seventeen subdivisions, which varied from the slender English moustache to a full bearded freestyle. Take a look at our selection from this year’s world championship here.