Hair raising face-off

The world's best beards have been crowned.

Competitors M.J. Johnson (left) and Juergen Burkhardt were among thousands of facial hair aficionados who flocked to Austin, Texas, at the weekend to take part in and witness the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships, held at the Long Centre for the Performing Arts.

The winners were selected from a range of categories, including moustache, and partial and full beards. The largest competition of its kind also featured "Whiskerina" categories - for women - for the very first time this year.

The three-day event, held every two years, included live entertainment, local food vendors, family- friendly activities and dozens of facial hair competitions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2017, with the headline 'Hair raising face-off'. Print Edition | Subscribe