A cut above the rest: The world beard championships

A group of men from all over the world travelling to Germany so they can compare facial hair may seem to be a hair-brained idea but the world beard championships is taken seriously by the competitors.

A combination photo shows Beard World Championship 2013 participants. Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Some 200 participants from 20 countries travelled to the town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, outside Stuttgart, to compete in four categories and 18 sub-categories.

Daniel Lablor of the US wanted to be the star of the show. Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Moustaches, chin beards and whiskers, full beards and "trendy beards" were the main categories at the competition.

Justin Kellermeier of the US makes last minute beard preparations. Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The championships were officially watched by the German Association of Beard Clubs (VDB) and all entrants were subject to a pre-screening to determine their beard category by a separate jury.