Hall Cosplay Contest judging is a closed event. Only the participants -- designers and models, parent/guardian of participating minors (under the age of 13), and others deemed acceptable by Zenkaikon Cosplay staff, may be present for judging.
There is an optional “Fashion Show” during the Masquerade on Saturday evening if you wish to show off your handiwork. Participating in the "Fashion Show" requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants are expected to wear their competition piece for the "Fashion Show".
Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of cosplay staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay.
Due to an overwhelming number of participants in 2016, we had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 1st and closed April 15th, 2017. We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve. We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed.
1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered.
2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition.
3. PRINTED reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of PRINTED reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference.
4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies.
5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented.
6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group.
7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants.
8. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source.
9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted.
10. The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay.
11. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment. Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time.
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition.
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator.
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division. A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division.
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division.
Professional costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.
Major awards are defined as “Best in Show”, “Best of Division”, “Best of Day” or placement (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) Minor awards are defined as those such as Honorable Mention, Judge’s Awards, and those not covered under Major awards. They do not affect skill level placement.