Cosplay Contest

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Cosplay Contest

One of Daisho Con’s most popular events returns again, with a vengeance!
Proud of that Cosplay? Ready to flaunt that period-accurate steam-punk gear? Daisho Con’s Cosplay Contest is one of the best times to show of your hard work and ham it up to the waiting audience. Not to mention, you’ll be in the running to win some great prizes.

Cosplay Contest Rules
1. Cosplay Registration:

On-site registration will be open from 4pm to 8pm on November 21st and 8am to 12pm on November 22nd at the Cosplay Desk, located near the Ebony Room, our pre-judging room.

2. Prop/Costume Rules:

  • Your costume must be appropriate for a public setting.
  • Your costume must conform to any active regulations enforced by either Daisho Con Staff or Hotel Security.
  • Please keep in-mind that the stage is raised as well, if your costume is ungainly or hard to walk in, we will have staff present to help you up and down the stairs. If this is still not enough please notify staff if you need extra assistance, we will organize a different way for you to present your costume.

Props: Your prop must conform to any active regulations enforced by either Daisho Con Staff or Hotel Security.

  • No Live Steel (Metal weapons of any kind, especially not sharp ones.)
  • No Real Firearms, Realistic Facsimile Firearms, or Strung Bows.
  • You must be able to safely carry your prop around the con-space without risk of any kind of injury to you or others- this is doubly enforced when it comes to walking on stage.
  • If you are unsure of your prop, go to the Control Room and request a staff member inside to clear or veto the prop.
  • Daisho Con Staff reserves the right to confiscate any weapon or prop deemed hazardous to congoers or staff.
  • Be responsible with your props.

3. Entries : You will enter as an Individual Entry or Group Entry.

  • Individual Entries will be judges on their own merit.
  • Group Entries consist of 3 or more cosplayers competing together and will be judged on the whole entry.

4.  The Competition: There are three separate categories for the Individual Entry

  1. Beginner – You will compete here if you are new to Cosplay Contests or have won few awards when competing.
  2. Advanced – You will compete here if you are experienced in Cosplay Contests and have won few to several awards when competing.
  3. Master – You will compete here if you are highly experienced in Cosplay Contests and have won few to several awards when competing.

If you have ever won Best in Show at Daisho Con, you have to compete in the Advanced or Master category.

**Please Note**
For the Master Category, the Creativity Section will be judged at a heavier scale. It will be worth more points because it is assumed that you entered the Master Category with experience at hand, aware of what category you have entered, or you have won other awards and cannot compete in other categories.

Performances can be 3 – 4 minutes long. If you have a longer performance, please contact the Cosplay Staff so we can handle it on a case-by-case basis.

  • The performance must be appropriate for a public setting, please no over-use of “curse” words or profanity, there will be children present for this contest.

5. Pre-Judging / Judging: You will be judged on the following Craftsmanship Categories:

  • Difficulty
  • Presentation
  • Craftmanship
  • Creativity

**Please Note**
Remember to bring a reference pictures for your Cosplay. Printed Pictures, Phones, Laptops, anything in which the judges can use to judge the accuracy of your costume. If you are entering as an Original Character, please provide reference material for what inspired the character/ what look you were trying to go for. If you fail to bring reference material, this will result in losing ¼ of your points from your total score.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled pre-judging time so we can get you checked in and lined up.

You will be judged on the following Performance Categories:

  • Stage Presence – Comfort level on stage, delivery of lines.
  • Crowd Reaction – How much did the audience like your performance?
    *Even if you are not doing a skit, you will still be judged on stage presence and crowd reaction and this will be totaled into your final score.*

No unnecessary staff/congoers are allowed in the Judging Room.

If you have audio, you must turn in your music to the cosplay sound technician immediately after you are pre-judged. There will be a table outside the pre-judging room. (See below for more details.)

6. The Contest

  • If you have music or an audio file you will be using for your performance, we will have a member of staff present to cut it down to size. Please Note: Only .mp3 formats can be used in our contest, they must be easy to use and readily available when you show up for Craftsmanship Judging. What this means is that you must have your music or performance on a thumb-drive or on a CD so that we can access it using our computers.
    **Note: We encourage all performances to have their speaking audio pre-recorded. It’s not required, but that may change in the future.
  • Do not bring iPods or iPhones because we cannot pull music off either of these devices without special software or equipment. Remember: .mp3 only.
  • Our tech staff reserves the right to edit or cut portions of your presented audio with or without your notice. Please clearly define start and stop times on all music files. If you are unable to edit them yourself, you must provide a clearly typed document with the editing times and bring it with you to your judging time. Handwritten notes will not be accepted. If you are unable to provide a note, play will begin from the beginning of the first available track or file presented. Our tech staff will provide basic cutting only! Advanced editing must be done on your own time as there will not be time during judging.
  • If you are or were a member of Daisho Con Staff for the 2014 Conference Year, you cannot enter the contest. If you have made costumes for other people who might be competing, they can enter the contest, but they cannot win any awards.
  • If half or more of the currently competing group has won Best in Show the year before, the group cannot win Best in Show for the current year, but they are able to win in any other category. Cosplayers cannot win the same award 2 years in a row.
  • The Judges reserve the right to bump you up or down a Craftsmanship level if they feel it is necessary.
  • Registration for judging stops at 12pm on Saturday or when all the judging slots are filled, no exceptions.
  • The Green Room for the contest will be open at 4:30pm but we request that all cosplayers participating in the contest must be in the Green Room by 5:30pm. After 5:30pm, you are not allowed to leave except for emergency purposes. The cosplay staff will guide you to where you need to be and when you need to be there. We would like to make this as seamless as possible.
  • If you are not a cosplayer that is participating in the Contest, you are not allowed to loiter outside or be in the Green Room. Please take care of any business you may have with the contestants outside of this area before 5:30pm. To make this run smoothly, we need the Green Room to be organized and free of unnecessary persons.