Video Extra: Canada hair freezing contest

Posted at 8:03 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 10:04:49-04

During these uncertain times, we'll take the laughs where we can get them.

Which is why this insanely silly series of images of tourists freezing their hair into gravity-defying styles couldn't have come at a better time.

The photo are the winners of the Hair Freezing Contest at the Takhini Hot Pools, an annual competition In Canada's Yukon territory.

Contestants are awarded in five categories: Best Male, Best Female, Best Group, Nongshim's People's Choice, and Tim Horton's Most Creative.

The winner for each category gets CAD $2,000 in addition to free hot springs passes.

The contest has been around since 2011, steadily gaining popularity over the years as the outlandish images began to get shared globally.

This year's contest received 288 entries -- more than double what it got in 2011 -- according to management.

"We like to think that this contest will bring some joy to viewers around the world -- even if just for a few moments," says Andrew Umbrich, owner and operator of Takhini Hot Pools.