2013 Costume Contest Information
Dates, Time, and Locations
Rules and Forms
What's This All About?
Categories and Trophies
Dates, Times, and Locations
Registration: 10:00 am Friday, September 27, outside CGC 106
Judging: 10:00 am Saturday, September 28, Williams Ballroom E
Line Up: 6:00 pm Saturday, September 28, CGC 103
Contest: 7:00 pm Saturday, September 28, Main Events Ballroom
Well, since you've made it this far, we can only assume that you are either one of those people, or you know one. What people, you ask? You know, the people who can sit through the coolest anime on the planet or play through the most awesome game ever constructed by mortal hands and emerge on the other end with one thought:
I bet I could totally make that costume...
Yep, costumers are a special breed. They tackle tedious hand-sewing, obscene amounts of beading, and crazy prop construction. They spend their nights and weekends knee-deep in fabric, paint, glue, and reference images. They convert their hard-earned cash into the perfect fabrics or materials on a regular basis.
Who knows why they do it. For personal satisfaction, to gain attention, to win awards, or just to prove to the world that, darnit, then can totally make that costume. Whatever the reason, the rest of us love them for it.
If you are one of these people, be proud and join us center stage this year to show off your finest work. The Anime Weekend Atlanta Costume Contest is all about you—without your creativity and dedication, we wouldn't have one of the best costume contests around.
Of course, if admiring a costume is more your speed, we need you, too! Whether you're a major fashion nut or you just want to see the awesomeness our contestants have in store, we've got a seat with your name on it in the audience. Come give love to the brave souls placing their work on display!
Do you have a super awesome costume that maybe you didn't make or you don't want judged... but you still want to show off how great you look in it? You're in luck... just check the "Exhibition Costume" box at the top of your registration form and you can get allllll that attention without any of the judging. Just enter, show up for the line up, walk across the stage, and enjoy all the love.
The costume contest is divided into two parts:
- Closed judging on Saturday morning/early afternoon
- The public Contest Presentation on Saturday evening
The Contest Presentation is a two-hour fashion show featuring all of our contestants. The fashion show format allows us a good balance between the maximum number of contestants and the stage time they each get. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the event, we reserve the right to limit the number of entries.
We don't do them. At all. We made this decision so we could maximize the number of awesome costumes that could be shown in the amount of time we have. For more information, there are several threads up on the message board, most notably, this one.
Our experience divisions are:
- Youth (15 and under)
In addition to your experience division, you can compete in the following categories:
- Video Game
- Original Design
- Other Media (fashion, music, ball-jointed dolls, etc)
At the judges' discretion, some categories may not get awarded. Often, the judges will also award other trophies as they see fit.
You can register for the contest starting at 10 :00 am Friday outside the Cosplay Gallery. On Saturday, registration will continue at 11:00 am outside the Galleria Williams Ballroom. Rules and entry forms will be provided there, but if you want to get a jump on the competition, you can always print the forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
You must provide us with an acceptable reference image when you register, not at judging. Here are a few guidelines to remember when selecting your reference image:
- Make sure your image is at least 5” X 7”. The maximum size for images is 8.5” X 11”.
- Color images are best.
- No hand-drawn art. We will only accept hand-drawn art if you enter as an Original Design.
- The judges will evaluate your costume based on this image.
- This image will appear behind you while you are on stage during the Costume Presentation.
Judging is done by appointment. You will choose your appointment time from the available slots when you register on Friday or Saturday. Registration will continue until all appointment times are filled. You must be on time for your appointment, or you may be disqualified.
Want to enter the contest?
Whether you're an old pro or a first-time cosplayer, we'd love to give you your moment in the spotlight... literally. See you at the show!
For more detailed information and rules, refer to the contest entry forms and rules at the top of the page.