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Hundreds show off beards and moustaches at World Champs in Antwerp

Belgium, Antwerp
May 19, 2019 at 07:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of contestants gathered in Antwerp to fight for a prize at 2019 World Beard and Moustache Championships, on Saturday.

Around 500 of facial hair enthusiasts from all over the world showed off their moustaches and beards.

The contest organisers picked out three main categories for the event - the moustaches, the partial beards and the full beards, with up to six classes in each, saying that three top places in each class get prizes.

"What else could you want? Just beautiful, curly moustaches, any kind of style and that's all you got and a good beer," shared his excitement Benjamin Gardner, a contestant from the United States.

For Russian participant Alexey Kozlov it's his second championship. He said that after coming third in Austin two years ago, he decided to change a category hoping to finally win the top prize.

Luke Sumpter, a winner in one of the categories shared his thoughts after the victory: "I'm beyond excited, I couldn't imagine that when I started seven, seven years ago I grew this beard. I'm first in the world, in this category and this feels amazing."

The event takes place on May 17-19 at the Flanders Meeting and Convention Center.

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Hundreds of contestants gathered in Antwerp to fight for a prize at 2019 World Beard and Moustache Championships, on Saturday.

Around 500 of facial hair enthusiasts from all over the world showed off their moustaches and beards.

The contest organisers picked out three main categories for the event - the moustaches, the partial beards and the full beards, with up to six classes in each, saying that three top places in each class get prizes.

"What else could you want? Just beautiful, curly moustaches, any kind of style and that's all you got and a good beer," shared his excitement Benjamin Gardner, a contestant from the United States.

For Russian participant Alexey Kozlov it's his second championship. He said that after coming third in Austin two years ago, he decided to change a category hoping to finally win the top prize.

Luke Sumpter, a winner in one of the categories shared his thoughts after the victory: "I'm beyond excited, I couldn't imagine that when I started seven, seven years ago I grew this beard. I'm first in the world, in this category and this feels amazing."

The event takes place on May 17-19 at the Flanders Meeting and Convention Center.

M/S Contestant of 2019 World Beard and Moustache Championships, Antwerp

M/S Contestants

M/S Contestant

W/S Contestant on catwalk

M/S Contestant

C/U Organiser of contest, Ronnie Vermeiden

SOT, Ronnie Vermeiden, Organiser of contest: "The championships are in three main categories - the moustaches, the partial beards and the full beards, each one divided in five or six other classes. So, in every class we will elect the winner, the second and the third [places] and they all get a prize, and that's about 500 participants at the moment, so it will take some time to get them all done."

M/S Contestant

M/S Contestant's beard being checked by judge

M/S Contestants

M/S Contestant's beard being checked by judge

C/U Contestant from US, Benjamin Gardner

SOT, Benjamin Gardner, Contestant from US: "As you can see, all these beautiful people with their big beards and big moustaches, what else could you want? Just beautiful, curly moustaches, any kind of style and that's all you got and good beer."

W/S Contestants on stage

M/S Contestant

M/S Contestant

W/S Contestants on stage

M/S Contestant

M/S Contestants on stage

M/S Banner reading: 'Mad Viking'

M/S Contestant from Russia Alexey Kozlov *UPSOUND*: "From Russia with love"

C/U Kozlov

SOT, Alexey Kozlov, Contestant from Russia (Russian): "This is my second championship, the first one was in Austin, in the US. Two years later I came here to take part in another category called 'Musketeers'. Two years ago in another category I was third. So, I'm trying to win."

W/S Audience applauding

M/S Audience cheering and chanting: 'Mad Viking'

C/U Winner Luke Sumpter

M/S Contestants

W/S Contestants on stage

M/S Contestant

W/S Sumpter being greeted by supporters

SOT, Luke Sumpter, Winner: "I'm beyond excited, I couldn't imagine that when I started seven, seven years ago I grew this beard. I'm first in the world, in this category and this feels amazing."

M/S Sumpter with trophy

W/S Sumpter and supporters holding banner reading: 'Mad Viking', chanting: 'Mad Viking'

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