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Some of the finest examples of facial hair to be found anywhere in the world have been gathering in southern Germany.
Around 100 competitors are in the German town of Pforzheim this weekend for their annual beard and moustache championships.
"It would be great to make it to the podium today," one of those taking part said.
"But my rivals never rest, they are getting bigger and stronger," he added.
Prizes are awarded in 18 different categories, including chin beards and moustaches.
"The great thing about a beard is, well, that people look at you and say, look at this, how incredible," said a competitor from France.