Cosplay Showcase (Craftsmanship) Contest

Show off your self-made cosplay before our panel of experienced judges, explain how you made it and what you love about it. No walk-on or skit is required, just come to the Contest Room on Sunday 11:00-13:00 for a chat with our judges and we'll take a photo. Prizes will be awarded at Closing Ceremonies for winners and runners up in Expert, Journeyman, Novice and Prop-making categories. Please note you have to have made at least 80% of your costume or prop yourself.

You may know this contest as the Hall Cosplay Contest, Hall Masquerade or more accurately Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest. Judges are interested in how you made your costume, what you used, how neat your construction is and how accurate the end result is. If you can tell them why you chose your character that's also good to hear.

  1. Contest Format
    1. Contestants should come to the Contest Room in person on Sunday to be judged. It would be helpful to bring reference photos of your character so the judges can judge your accuracy, photos can be on your phone.
    2. Each contestant will be asked to fill out a short form and assigned a number.
    3. Forms will be collected and contestants called up to the judging table in numerical order to be interviewed.
    4. Contestants waiting to be judged may stay in the Contest Room or return later if there's a long wait. However if you leave you may miss your turn if you don't return in a timely fashion. If the room becomes crowded we may have to ask non-contestants or those who have already been judged to leave.
    5. When called, a contestant will pose for a photo holding their number and then have a short chat with the judges about their cosplay. We have to keep things brief to give everyone a fair chance but we'll do our best to let you explain important details. Contestants will not be asked to perform.
    6. The judges will make notes and then you are free to leave the room.
    7. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremonies. Contestants must be on hand to accept the awards.
    8. Prize categories are:
      • Best Expert
      • Runner-up Expert
      • Best Journeyman
      • Runner-up Journeyman
      • Best Novice
      • Runner-up Novice
      • Best Prop-maker
      • Runner-up Prop-maker
      • Judges Choice

  2. Rules and Regulations
    1. Contestant must be a registered convention attendee in order to participate.
    2. Costumes and props must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what our convention celebrates - ie, from anime, comics, video games, or pop culture. Costumes and props should adhere to general convention rules and regulations including the weapons and props policy. Exceptions may be made by the Cosplay Showcase Coordinator or Head of Special Events.
    3. Contestants must have made at least 80% of their costume themselves. It's okay if you followed a guide or had instruction/tips from someone else but you need to be able to prove you did most of the work yourself. Our judges are experienced costume makers and will be able to tell if you're fibbing. This is a craftsmanship-only contest.
    4. Contestants will be judged on accuracy, workmanship and fit.
    5. You may enter a cosplay which has also been entered in the Cosplay Contest but not a cosplay which has already won an award for Cosplay Showcase (formally Hall Cosplay) at our convention, regardless of who wore it.
    6. Categories are determined by contestants previous awards. To be considered a Novice contestants must have no previous awards for any costumes. Journeymen have won 1-3 awards and Expert 4 or more awards. Performance-only awards do not count.
    7. Contestants agree to having their photo taken for judging and prize-giving purposes.
    8. The Cosplay Showcase contest is not intended to be a spectator event. While contestants and their friends are welcome to stay for the duration of the judging process, space permitting, anyone disrupting the judging process will be asked to leave the room. Contestants will be disqualified if they make a nuisance of themselves.

  3. How to Register
    1. Come to the Contest Room on Sunday the 18th of May.
    2. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Martyn or Amanda at cosplay @