Cosplay Rules

All Cosplay Contest participants must be paid attendees of LionCon. Participants must register at the Cosplay Contest Booth during the show. The Cosplay Contest Booth will be open until 3:00 PM on Saturday for registration for the various contests listed below.  Costumers may only enter one costume.

Entry Classes are:

  • Master: An individual who has won four times as a Journeyman, who has professional qualification as a costumer, or who has won Best in Show at any other major convention.
    • — This is the category for someone who has “graduated” from the Journeyman category by winning three “best” awards in that category or displaying skills that surpass the previous level. They display advanced mastery knowledge of construction, design, and materials. This category also applies to entrants that are professionals in fields related to costuming. A professional is defined as someone making 50% or more of their income in a costuming-related field.
  • Journeyman: An individual who is not a professional costumer and has won one or more major prizes at previous regional conventions.
    • — This is the category for someone who has “graduated” from the Novice category by winning a “best” award in that category or displaying skills that surpass the previous level. They display intermediate knowledge of construction, design, and materials.
  • Novice: An individual who is over thirteen, not a professional costumer, and has never won a major prize at a previous regional convention.
    • — A novice entrant has little/no experience in costuming. They display basic knowledge of construction, design, and materials.
  • Young Fan: An individual who is 13 years or younger. The Young Fan costume may be self made or with the help of an adult.

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Awards:

Scores given for workmanship, along with presentation. Our Judge(s) will look for technical skill, finishing, fit, handling of fabric and materials, etc.

  • Best in Show: Awarded to the best combined score for all entries. Best in Show eliminates the contestant from consideration in all other categories. They are, however, still eligible for awards in special categories.
  • Best Master: Awarded to the Master with the best combined score. In the event that individual wins Best in Show, this award goes to the second ranked Master
  • Best Journeyman: Awarded to the Journeyman with the best combined score. In the event that individual wins Best in Show, this award goes to the second ranked Journeyman
  • Best Novice: Awarded to the Novice with the best combined score. In the event that individual wins Best in Show, this award goes to the second ranked Novice
  • Best Young Fan: Awarded to the Young Fan with the best combined score. In the event that individual wins Best in Show, this award goes to the second ranked Young Fan

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RULES

1) The cosplay contest and the show are intended to be family-friendly and -appropriate. Please use good judgment.  Costumes will be evaluated by Cosplay Contest Staff; should a costume be deemed inappropriate you could be disqualified from the contest.

2) The Cosplay Director reserves the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience/other contestants, or for any other reason deemed sufficient.

3) Young children must be under the control of a responsible adult at all times.

4) No changing areas, repair or make-up supplies, or storage areas are provided for costumers.  Please come to the contest with everything you need for your costume.

5) Costumers will be required to sign a release for use of photos.

6) No whiners! Contestants are presumed to be adults, or under the supervision of one. All judges’ and Cosplay Director’s decisions are final.

8) All Cosplay Contest participants must be paid attendees of LionCon.

9) Participants must register at the Cosplay Contest Booth during the show. No early registration or online registration is available.