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Costume Contest

Show off your pop culture inspired cosplay!


  1. You must have purchased an entry into the convention where the contest is being held in order to enter/present on stage for the Costume Contest.
  2. The Costume Contest is a family-oriented event. Please keep all costumes to a “PG-13″ rating (i.e. no nudity or overly revealing attire).
  3. No bought costumes. Costumes must be 50% crafted or more. You may purchase parts of a costume, but this must be disclosed during the judging process. If you are not the maker of your costume and modeling a costume on stage, the creator of the costume must be present with you upon entry. If the costume wins an award, the award will go to the creator of the costume.
  4. All weapons and props must conform with the host convention’s rules, convention center policies, and local laws regarding concealment and concerning carrying a prop/weapon. If there is a question of doubt, don’t bring it.
  5. Please provide reference images of the character you are dressed as. We cannot guarantee the judges will know what your character looks like, so having something to compare to will help you as much as them! Please provide this image on a piece of paper to attach to your costume contest registration form that you will fill out on site. No digital images (i.e. cell phones, iPads, portable computers, tablets, etc.) or books can be submitted for your reference image. Please print the picture out for the judges.
  6. Each costume must be entered separately. The costumes may be presented on stage (and prejudged) together, but each costume is judged as a separate entry.
  7. The contest will be limited to fifty (50) entries total. Entrants are admitted on a first come first serve basis during the signup phase of the event.
  8. The host convention and Wasabi Anime reserve the right to modify, update, or amend the rules at any time.
  9. Have fun!


  • Best in Show
  • Best Construction
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Prop
  • Best Wig/Hairstyle
  • Judges Award #1
  • Judges Award #2
  • Judges Award #3
NOTE: If no entries qualify for a specific award based on the opinion of the judges, an alternate award may be presented in its place.