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Men descend on Bavarian town to try their luck in Germany’s annual moustache and beard Olympics

Mein HAIR! Hirsute men from across the world descend on Bavarian town to try their luck in Germany’s annual moustache and beard Olympics

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Competitors from all around the world came to Germany to take part in a Beard Olympics and German Beard Championships for a facial hair face-off.

Some 100 men bearing beards and moustaches attended the contest in Eging am See, in Lower Bavaria. Competitors from the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Israel as well as Germany all took part. 

The men were able to show off their whiskers in a range of categories including Dali, Muscateer and ‘natural’ for those who didn’t use any styling products to a jury of seven trained hairdressers and barbers.

They were assessed on both density and length, Dpa International reported.

The competition was hosted by the East Bavarian Beard and Moustache Club. The Beard Olympics is open to all but those throwing their hat into the ring for the German championship needed to be residents, or at least members of a club.

The club president Christian Feicht said: ‘Beard care is actually the most important thing. The more ‘material’ you have, the more you have to style.’  

Look over hair! Rivals styled their moustaches and beards for the ultimate face-off in this year’s Beard Olympics and German Beard Championships in Eging am See, Lower Bavaria

There were a number of categories including a 'natural' section for those who chose not to use any styling products. Competitors presented their work to a jury of seven barbers

There were a number of categories including a ‘natural’ section for those who chose not to use any styling products. Competitors presented their work to a jury of seven barbers

Face off! The contest saw facial hair talent from all across the world, including men from the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Israel as well as Germany

Face off! The contest saw facial hair talent from all across the world, including men from the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Israel as well as Germany

Some 100 men bearing beards and moustaches attended the contest which was hosted at Pullman City Western Theme Park

Some 100 men bearing beards and moustaches attended the contest which was hosted at Pullman City Western Theme Park

Christian Feich (pictured), president of the East Bavarian Beard and Moustache Club said: 'Beard care is actually the most important thing'

Christian Feich (pictured), president of the East Bavarian Beard and Moustache Club said: ‘Beard care is actually the most important thing’

Mr Feich added: 'The more 'material' you have, the more you have to style'. The Beard Olympics is open to all but those throwing their hat into the ring for the German championship needed to be residents, or at least members of a club

Mr Feich added: ‘The more ‘material’ you have, the more you have to style’. The Beard Olympics is open to all but those throwing their hat into the ring for the German championship needed to be residents, or at least members of a club

Jurors assessed the bearded rivals on a number of categories including density and length. Competitors from all around the world could participate in different categories

Jurors assessed the bearded rivals on a number of categories including density and length. Competitors from all around the world could participate in different categories

Participant Klaus Leible from Germany (pictured) at the German Moustache and Beard Championships. While some used product to style their whiskers, others went au naturel

Participant Klaus Leible from Germany (pictured) at the German Moustache and Beard Championships. While some used product to style their whiskers, others went au naturel

The gang's all here! The bearded and moustached men pose for a photo during the German Moustache and Beard Championships

The gang’s all here! The bearded and moustached men pose for a photo during the German Moustache and Beard Championships

Participant Klaus Leible (pictured) from Germany arrives for the event. While the contest focused on facial hair, most participants also dressed up to add to the theme of their facial hair and accessorised with hats

Participant Klaus Leible (pictured) from Germany arrives for the event. While the contest focused on facial hair, most participants also dressed up to add to the theme of their facial hair and accessorised with hats

Fritz Sendlhofer (pictured) from Austria laughs as he poses for a photo. Some 100 men came for the event hosted by the East Bavarian Beard and Moustache Club

Fritz Sendlhofer (pictured) from Austria laughs as he poses for a photo. Some 100 men came for the event hosted by the East Bavarian Beard and Moustache Club

While the focus was on the gentlemen's' facial hair, a number of them wore elaborately decorated hats and costumes to jazz up their overall appearance

While the focus was on the gentlemen’s’ facial hair, a number of them wore elaborately decorated hats and costumes to jazz up their overall appearance

Two competitors grab a meal during the competition. Although those entering the contest come to win, the event is largely friendly

Two competitors grab a meal during the competition. Although those entering the contest come to win, the event is largely friendly  

Norbert Dopf (pictured) from Austria arrives for the competition dressed up and with his moustache styled in eccentric swirls and spirals

Norbert Dopf (pictured) from Austria arrives for the competition dressed up and with his moustache styled in eccentric swirls and spirals

Club president Christian Feicht's beard styled in a combination of swirls and star-like spikes as he accessorises the overall look with a hat

Club president Christian Feicht’s beard styled in a combination of swirls and star-like spikes as he accessorises the overall look with a hat

Participants applauding during the contest, in which some 100 of the world's brightest and bushiest beards and moustaches came to compete

Participants applauding during the contest, in which some 100 of the world’s brightest and bushiest beards and moustaches came to compete

Competitors from all over came to Germany to take part in a Beard Olympics and German Beard Championships for a facial hair face-off

Competitors from all over came to Germany to take part in a Beard Olympics and German Beard Championships for a facial hair face-off

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