Competitors were getting their digits out on Thursday to take part in bouts at the German Finger Wrestling (Fingerhakeln) Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany.

The event sees two competitors, matched in age and weight, sitting across from each another at a specially-designed table, pulling at a small leather band with one finger until one of them has been pulled across a boundary.

The sport is traditional in Bavaria and Austria and dates back to the 17th century.

A visual story by epa's Philipp Guelland