With OwlCon going fully virtual in 2021, the cosplay contest is going to be a little different. Participants are asked to upload a video of them in their cosplay for both judging and to be included in a compilation video to be shown as a part of OwlCon. The Cosplay Contest at OwlCon is still for participants of all skill levels, and prizes are available for winners. Please review the rules below, and, if you have questions, please contact us.
Cosplay Contest Guidelines
- All cosplayers must register using the form at the bottom of this page. Additionally, videos for judging must be emailed separately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to receive both a registration AND a video submission by the deadline will result in disqualification. The deadline for submission is Friday April 2nd at 12:00pm (noon).
- Cosplayers can only enter in one of the three categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Master). Duos and groups may enter any category, but they will be judged as if they were competing as an individual.
- Each cosplayer is required to write a short three (3) to five (5) sentence biography about his or her character. This content may be used as a part of OwlCon 2021 activities, including being displayed online.
- Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds in length and can either be a single video or a compilation of seperate videos. The video should feature the cosplayer in a variety of poses and movements to display the fullness of the cosplay. Videos should be free of religious/political messaging and/or profanity or other objectionable content. The OwlCon staff reserve the right to disqualify any entrants based on objectionable material contained in their submission.
- Each cosplayer may only enter one cosplay in the competition.
- All judging will occur prior to the OwlCon event.
Cosplay Contest Categories
Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, as well as one participant who will win "Best in Show".
Cosplay contest categories are determined based on the level of craftsmanship of the cosplay and the contest experience of the cosplayer. As proficiency in craftsmanship and experience increases, your cosplay contest category should advance, as well. The Judges reserve the right to change your category based on craftsmanship and experience level.
Contestants can only enter in one of the three categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Master). Duos and groups may enter any category, but they will be judged as if they were competing as an individual. The categories are as follows:
The Novice category is appropriate for cosplayers with little to no experience in competition and cosplays that may be mostly store-bought.
Journeyman is appropriate for cosplayers that have some experience in competition and are exhibiting cosplays that are a mixture of store-bought and handmade materials that show the cosplayer is fine-tuning their skills of fabrication and creation.
Master is appropriate for cosplayers that have extensive competition experience and cosplays that are almost completely handmade.
The winner in each category will be chosen based on the categories below. Please note that the category descriptions are guidelines. Each judge independently evaluates every cosplay and cosplayer at their own discretion.
Accuracy evaluates how closely the cosplay matches the original character or the reference material. Originality evaluates how well the cosplay displays innovation and the ability to create a cohesive design. For those competing with cosplays based on existing characters or reference materials, it is the responsibility of every cosplayer to provide high-quality references for the judges. Makeup and styling are judged as a normal element of your cosplay. This includes, but it is not limited to, face-paint, body-paint, contact lenses, and wigs.
Craftsmanship evaluates the variety, difficulty, and quality of the techniques used to construct the cosplay. Within craftsmanship, the movability and robustness of the cosplay will be considered. Movability evaluates whether or not the cosplayer has the ability to engage in the standard interactions (e.g., walking and posing) that would be expected of the cosplayer’s character. Robustness evaluates how well the costume is designed in terms of strength and endurance (e.g., no seams are tearing, no parts are poorly attached, no parts are visibly missing or damaged).
Performance evaluates how well the essence of a character is displayed. A good performance should entertain the audience regardless of the character chosen and without dependence on the audience knowing the source material.
Cosplay Contest Registration
**IMPORTANT** Videos must be submitted separately from registration. Please email your video submission (or a link to your video submission) to email@example.com