Competition Categories

 

KIDS Cosplay Category

  • Cosplayer must be 12 years of age or younger.
  • Costume could be fully purchased.
  • No pre-judging required.
  • Cosplayer must take a picture at the designated Cosplay photo area.
  • DEF Cosplay officials will determine the winner of this category based upon the Cosplayer’s costume and ability to re-enact elements of the character portrayed.

Casual Cosplay Category

  • Less than 25% of the costume should be handmade.
  • Costume could be fully purchased.
  • No pre-judging required.
  • Cosplayer must take a picture at the designated Cosplay photo area.
  • DEF Cosplay officials will determine the winner of this category based upon the Cosplayer’s costume and ability to re-enact elements of the character portrayed.

Apprentice (Novice) Category

  • Any Cosplayer entering this category must not have entered any previous Cosplay competition.
  • 25%-50% of the Cosplayer costume must have been hand made.
  • Progress photos will help with pre-judging scores but is NOT mandatory.

Sidekick (Amateur) Category

  • Any Cosplayer entering this category could have entered previous Cosplay competitions but not placed in the top 3.
  • A minimum of 50% of the Cosplayer costume must have been hand made.
  • Progress photos will help with pre-judging scores but is NOT mandatory.

Hero/Villain (Professional) Category

  • Cosplayer must inform judges of previous Cosplay competition experience.
  • A minimum of 75% of the Cosplayer costume must have been hand made.
  • Progress photos and any other supporting character documents ARE required.

Original Designs

If your costume is an original design or not a recreation of something pre-existing, please bring a printed image of the original design/concept for the judges and be prepared to speak a little bit about it. We are completely open to new and innovative designs, especially those never seen for familiar characters.