If you’re a pogonophile, or in layman’s terms a beard lover, then you are going to want to learn more about beard competitions.
Beard competitions and championships are organizations or tournaments where people compete against each other by putting their beards to the test.
There are various categories involved and the winner is usually considered the person with the best beard around.
Which is the most important beard competition in the world?
To tell the truth, there are quite a few of them, each one coming with its own merits and reward system.
What they all have in common is that you are going to be seeing some very unique beards and it all results in a lot of fun for everyone.
We took a look at some of the most important and popular beard competitions and decided to rank them.
Read on to see if you’d like to apply to one of them.
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There aren’t many rules. Unless the category has the word “natural” in it, the use of styling tools like beard balm and waxes is encouraged.
But if you’d rather just watch, you’ll be happy to know that most of these competitions are full-fledged events with plenty of entertainment, vendors, food, and family-friendly activities.
So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the top 10 beard competitions.
Top 9 Beard Competitions
National Moustache and Beard Championship
Once a year, hundreds of men (and a few women) come to compete for the title of best beard in the USA, and thousands of spectators come to watch.
The event is hosted by Beard Team USA, a national beard club that represents the country in global competitions. A portion of ticket sales goes to benefit a local charity from the venue city.
Location: USA (venue city changes annually)
Who Can Enter: Anyone with facial hair is allowed to register, and no beard club membership is required.
Awards: The grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip to next year’s competition.
Link to Enter: https://www.nationalbeardchampionships.com/register/
World Beard and Mustache Championship
The World Beard and Mustache Association (WBMA) hosts the World Beard and Mustache Championships, a biennial competition in which the best of the best compete for the title of World’s Best Beard.
These beards are the best of the best – no other competition is as large, prestigious, or as well-known – so there’s no room for amateurs.
Who Can Enter: Anyone with facial hair can apply for entry, but Beard Team USA membership is preferred for participants from the United States.
Categories: There are 16 different categories that are split into three groups – mustaches, partial beards, and full beards.
Awards: A shiny plaque, international news coverage, and the right to brag about winning the world’s largest beard competition!
Link to Enter: https://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/#compete
Reddit’s Monthly Beard Contest
Easily the most accessible beard contest in the world, Reddit’s monthly beard contest is a great way for those new to the competitive scene to get their feet wet.
Photos are judged and voted on by an active community of beard enthusiasts at the end of every month.
Location: Online (prizes are only shipped to the continental United States)
Who Can Enter: Anyone can submit a photo of their beard once per month.
Categories: Best beard, biggest beard, best mustache, and biggest mustache.
Link to Enter: https://www.reddit.com/r/beards/
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Beard Competition
Beards and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no surprise that the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally also hosts a beard competition.
It’s a small, local competition, with only 15 contestants per category, but it’s no less exciting to watch than a large, national event.
Location: South Dakota, USA
Who Can Enter: Anyone with a beard or mustache who attends the rally can enter. Women can even enter to compete in the “Whiskerina” contest.
Categories: Prizes are awarded to the best full and long beards, short and full beards, the best-styled mustache, and the best full beard with a styled mustache.
Awards: The grand prize winner automatically qualifies for the next National Beard and Mustache Contest.
Epic Beard Competition
Spokane Beard and Mustache is a charitable organization that hosts the Epic Beard Competition once per year.
Part competition and part fundraiser, the annual event is great fun for a great cause.
Location: United States (Spokane, WA)
Who Can Enter: Anyone with facial hair can enter – the ticket price for competitors starts at $20, with a maximum of 40 contestants per category.
Categories: There are 12 different categories, including best “business beard”, best partial beard, the best full beard, and most creative beard, real or fake.
Awards: Because the event is for charity, the winners don’t receive cash or physical prizes – just that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with doing something good for the community.
Link to Enter: https://www.facebook.com/events/218294688596287/
Coney Island Beard and Mustache Competition
Once a year for the past 10 years, Coney Island lets its freak flag fly a little higher than usual when they host their annual beard and mustache competition.
The delightfully and appropriately themed carny affair is fun for the whole family.
Location: United States (New York, NY)
Who Can Enter: Anyone with a beard or mustache is eligible for entry – tickets are $20.
Categories: There are categories for the best natural and best-styled mustache, beard, and partial beard. In addition to the typical “best” categories, there is also a “worst in show” category.
Awards: The winner of each category receives a coveted Coney Island fez.
Link to Enter: http://www.coneyisland.com/event/beardmoustache9316
Braw Beard and Moustache Championships
A beard contest that takes place at a brewery has got to be good, and the Braw Beard and Moustache Championships are no exception.
To date, it’s the largest facial hair styling competition in Scotland.
Who Can Enter: Anyone with facial hair is eligible for entry – you don’t even have to be from Scotland!
Categories: Best moustache, best partial beard. And yes, because this is Scotland, there is the best ginger beard category.
Awards: While no prizes have been announced yet, all competitors will receive a gift bag.
The Great American Beard and Moustache Championships
Hosted by the North American Competitive Beard and Moustache Alliance (NACBMA), the Great American Beard and Moustache Championships is a charity facial hair contest.
With over 200 competitors at the 2016 event, the upcoming 2018 competition in Richmond, VA, is sure to be even bigger.
Location: United States
Who Can Enter: Anyone with facial hair is eligible for entry.
Categories: The 2016 competition had over 21 different categories, including categories for popular mustache styles like the English, Hungarian, Imperial Van Dyke, and Dali mustache.
There are also more than half a dozen different partial and full beard categories.
Awards: Charity is the main focus of the event, so no money is awarded to the winners.
Link to Enter: http://www.greatamericanbmc.org/
Come and Shave It
In February of each year, the Austin Facial Hair Club hosts the Come and Shave It beard contest to benefit a local charity.
For over ten years, the event has been drawing in beard enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike for a day of food and fun.
Location: United States (Austin, TX)
Who Can Enter: Anyone with a beard who pays the $20 competitors fee (with all sales going to charity) may enter.
Categories: “Sweetest stash”, “gnarliest beard”, and most “pompous partial” are just three of eight different categories to compete in.
Awards: Each category has one winner, but the charity event does not award cash prizes.
Link to Enter: https://www.austinfacialhairclub.com/events/