Hamacon 9

What’s a convention without a good old-fashion cosplay contest?  At Hamacon we couldn’t have it any other way! Our Cosplay Contest will be held Saturday June 23rd  and we can’t wait to see what everybody has prepared for us.  Winners will be announced at the end of the cosplay contest. Good Luck to you all!!!!!!




Doll: Ages 15 and Under. This Category is open to Cosplayers who did NOT make their cosplays. The winner of this category will be entry that looks the MOST like their character. (Outfit, Hair, Makeup, ect)

Youth: Ages 15 and Under. This category is open to Cosplayers that DID make their own cosplays. If you have won Best Youth before, you will be bumped to the Novice  Division regardless of age.

Novice: This category is open to all cosplayers who have NOT won ANY major award at any contest. Beginner cosplayers are recommended to enter here. If you have won Novice previously, you are now considered a Journeymen and should enter in the Journeymen category.

Journeyman: This category is open to all cosplayers, although cosplayers with more experience in sewing are preferred. If you have won Novice  at a previous convention,  this category is meant for you.

Master: This category is open to cosplayers. If you have won 3 or more major awards or have been bumped up by the judges from Journeyman this is also meant for you. MASTERS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING A PORTFOLIO OF YOUR COSPLAY. These will be given back at end of contest. 

Exibitionist:  This category for you who didn’t make their costume but  just wanted to walk on stage and show off their costume.  The only category you will be allowed to eligible for is Fan Favorite. This is where the crowd picks their favorite cosplayer!

Skits:  Skits will not be allowed do to time restraint.


Sign Up For Judging 

Sign Up Judging- 10:00 – 12:55 PM

Walk In Judging – 1:00 PM-2:55 PM

This year you will be able to sign up for judging slots. You can sign up by emailing with your time slot desired. You can choose between 10-10:30, 10:30-11, 11-11:30, 1130-12:00, 12-12:30, 12:30-12:55..  There are 4-5 slots available  per each of these time slots. Once the slots are filled then only walk  in’s will be welcome at the END of sign up time starting at 1:00 PM.  We will only allow 50 entries for the cosplay contest. Please be sure to either sign up or show up early enough to start walk in judging at 1 PM.  The Cosplay Director will email you back to let you know that your time slots have been approved.


Cosplay Contest Rules

**You will only be given 5 mins each for judging (10 mins for groups of 4 or more). So please make sure you come in and are ready to tell us all how you made your costume.**

  1. All Costume Contest participants must be registered convention attendees.
  2. No Skits Allowed
  3. All costumes must be in compliance of Hamacon’s Dress Code.
  4.  Excessively large costumes are strongly discouraged although you will be allowed to bring
    one handler if it is absolutely necessary. However, if a costume/prop cannot easily fit through a normal doorway it will not be allowed for competition due to public safety of other convention attendees.
  5. Each participant will be showing his or her costume on stage at the Costume Contest in a
    “catwalk” style. Each contestant must be present, in full costume, for pre-judging which will take place before the event. Failure to show will result in disqualification. (see below for judging specifics).
  6.  All entrants are asked to bring a folder containing the following:
    * A legibly completed costume contest entry form. If you are a group, all
    members must be listed. Unreadable forms will be disqualified. ***FOUND HERE***
    * A color reference picture at least 5” x 7” in size. Hand drawn images are not
    allowed unless it is an original character. If it is a group entry, reference pictures for ALL members are required.
    * Contestants age 12 and under must have parent/guardian present during prejudging. 
  7. All contestants are required to create 70% of their own costume in order to compete. Store bought and commissioned costumes are not eligible for a prize. Any purchased or commissioned costume may only be entered as an exhibition costume. (Check Epic Doll category for exceptions) Store bought accessories are allowed, but will not be judged.
  8.  An entrant may enter a model into the competition wearing their costume/prop; however, the entrant must physically accompany the model to pre-judging. Just make sure to state that the person wearing the costume is a model, and not the creator, on the entry
    form. You may only have one entry per contest.
  9.  Judges may/will closely inspect the inner and outer costume construction of each entrant. If you do not feel comfortable with this, please let them know.
  10. A costume that has won a MAJOR award (i.e. craftsmanship, best in show, best group, and best master) in another competition may not be entered in the Costume Contest and may only be worn as an exhibition costume. If you won novice and would like to compete in the same costume as journeyman, that will be allowed. If there is space available, exhibition costumes may be presented during the costume contest, and will only be eligible to win a fan favorite award. No other awards are eiligible for exibitionist.
  11. All weapons must be in compliance with the HAMACON Weapons policy (see Convention Rules & Weapons Policy.)
  12. HAMACON staff has the unrestricted right to use and publish photographs of costume contest entrants. This may be posted the convention website/social networking site for editorial, trade, advertising, and any other purpose or medium; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same.