By DAMIEN GAYLE
The golden moustache: Jef holds up his trophy after winning the competition for the best moustache of Brussels during a contest in central Brussels earlier today
There can be few more obvious expressions of distinguished masculinity than a full, furry moustache.
These remarkable examples of facial topiary were pictured at a competition for best moustache in Brussels, Belgium, earlier today.
Proudly whiskered gentleman from all over the region for the event, which was won by a man identified only as Jef.
His gravity defying facial follicles stretched the usual definition of moustache, incorporating as it did much of the beard from his cheeks as well.
Proud: Jef smiles as a competition organiser pins on his champion's pin after he is named the winner
Hairy heroes: This combination photo shows some of the best moustaches of the day at the event
Runner up: A participant poses for the camera