No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes.
No political or religious statement during the catwalk.
Do not use any sort of projectile at all! Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk. Additionally, no flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects may be used.
All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated.
All applications must be submitted before the scheduled catwalk event. The earlier you enter, the more time the judges will have to consider your entry.
To be judged for accuracy a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.
Pre-judging will take place throughout the day as entries are received, and final judging will take place during the catwalk.
Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points.
Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.
Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. NanoCon will not be able to provide assistants.
Anyone who violates any of these rules may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.
Entries will be judged on the basis of three criteria:
Workmanship. This covers amount of work put into making the costume, finding the right prop, or wig styling; the quality of stitching, materials, and fit; and, if handmade, how well parts of the costume fit together and how creatively they were used. Handmade costumes generally score higher in this category than other things of comparable quality.
Performance. The goal of cosplay is to look as much like your character as possible. This includes body motions and phrases you say. Those who act in character will score higher than those who do not.
Aesthetics. Generally, overall appearance. Likeness to your character, maneuverability of the costume, disposition, and the tidiness of your costume are all taken into account.
Cosplayers compete in one of two age brackets (17- and 18+). Each bracket will have one winner in Workmanship and one in Performance. Each also will have one First Place winner and one Runner-Up in Overall, which includes Workmanship, Performance, and Aesthetics. Honorable Mention(s) are awarded at the judges’ discretion. Finally, one contestant will be awarded Best in Show.
Determining winners in each category is based on the judges’ consensus but is informed primarily by their average scoring for specific categories and overall.