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Cosplay Contest - 2019 KCC

Akane Nightsong - Cosplayer/ Judge


MASTERS CATEGORY-Advanced Cosplayers

  1. Entrants 14 years of age or older.

  2. Costumers who have won ANY kind of award at the Master level.

  3. Costumer who has won a “Best in Show” award.

  4. Costumer who has won a “Best in Class” award at the Journeyman level.

  5. Professional costumers, defined as any person hired – either full or part-time – to create costumes for theatre/television/movies/etc, or any person that earns more than 25% of their yearly income through costume or prop commissions.

  6. Any costumer regardless of experience or past awards who wishes to compete as a Master.

PRIZING: $250 for the Masters Division winner and two VIP passes to 2020 Kelowna Comic Con

JOURNEYMAN CATEGORY – Intermediate Cosplayers

  1. Entrants 14 years of age or older.

  2. Costumer who has won one (1) but less than three (3) awards in adult competition such as: Best Costume, Best Skit, Best Workmanship, First Place, etc.

  3. Costumer who has NOT won a “Best in Show” or “Best in Class” award at the Journeyman level.

  4. Costumer who has NOT won any kind of award at the Master level, including Runner Up or Honourable Mention prizes.

  5. Non-professional costumers.

  6. Any Novice who wishes to compete as a Journeyman.

PRIZING: $100 for the Journeyman Division winner and two weekend passes to 2020 Kelowna Comic Con.

NOVICE CATEGORY – Beginner Cosplayers

  1. Entrants 13 years of age or older.

  2. Non-professional costumers.

  3. Costumer who has NOT won an award in any costume competition at the adult level.

PRIZING: $50 for Novice Division winner and Two Weekend passes to 2020 Kelowna Comic Con.


  1. Kids 12 & Under are invited to take part in the KIDS COSPLAY SHOWCASE.

All participants receive a prize.


Entries are judged in two major areas:

  • Presentation: based on how the costumes appear when presented on stage,

  • Workmanship: based on close examination of the costumes during pre-judging

Awards will be given by an unbiased and fair panel of judges.

Please ensure that your costume abides by ALL rules.

  • Costumes should ideally be at least 70 percent “hand-made.” Costumes that do not meet that suggestion will not be turned away, but it may affect the total score of the participant

  • Costumes that are considered as “kits” are allowed, so long as kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered or modified

  • No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the venue

  • All contestants must be at least 14 years old to enter. Exceptions can be made by the panel of judges on a case-by-case basis. Should a contestant be under the age of 14 (kids division included), a legal guardian or parent MUST be present at the pre-judging as well as the entire Cosplay Contest

  • A costume does not have to be worn by its creator. Costume creators may have a “model” for their costume, but the costume creator must be present at the pre-judging portion as well as the entire costume contest. Creators must be prepared to explain the creative process behind their costume

  • Each contestant may present or wear one – and only one – costume

  • Your costume should allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the convention staff. Should a costume be deemed as “excessively large” some accommodations can be made so that the contestant no longer is required to go up or down steps (i.e. Daleks). A wheelchair ramp will be available to access to the stage.

  • Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain “found” pieces, “modified” or, in other words, altered from its original design or purpose. Although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest

  • No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume

  • No microphones will be provided

  • All Cosplay Contest participants must have a Kelowna Comic Con badge or wristband in order to be eligible to compete (this includes Volunteer, Exhibitor, Press, and other specialty badges)

  • All costumes will be judged and prizes awarded individually. Cosplayers may still perform on stage as a group



Saturday - 5-6pm : Cosplay Contest Pre-Judging

Saturday - 6-7pm : Cosplay Contest


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