Liberty City Anime Convention Cosplay Contest

Show off your costume on the main stage while competing for prizes!

The Cosplay Contest has two components: Performance & Craftsmanship.  You must enter both craftsmanship and performance to be eligible for Best in Show.  

Costume Categories:

Recreation costumes are those whose design comes from TV, Film, Anime, Manga, Video Game, Fantasy, Science Fiction, etc. The only requirement is that the source material is recognized as an officially released design that can be credited back to the source material. Costumers will be expected to provide the judges with a copy of their source material.

Original costumes are designed by the contestant or sourced from fan art, although they may be inspired by anime, manga, video games, fantasy, science fiction, or other sources. They may be “interpretations” or “mash-ups”. Costumers are still expected to provide sketches and progress photos for the purposes of judging.

Skill Divisions:

All participants will be placed & judged in one of four possible divisions: Junior, Novice, Journeyman, Master. Each entry’s appropriate category is determined by the highest ranked division member of their group. For example, a group containing 1 Novice, 3 Journeyman, and 1 Master will be required to participate at the Master level.

For Division Placement Purposes: Awards of ranking, including but not limited to “Best in Show,” “Best in Division,” “Best Performance or Craftsmanship,” or “First Place,” “Second Place,” etc. in any type of cosplay competition are considered Major cosplay awards. “Honorable Mentions,” “Judges’ Awards,” and similar forms of recognition are not considered major awards.

Entries will be separated into four divisions:

  1. Junior: Open to all participants aged 13 or younger. However, any “Junior” skit or walk-on containing non-Junior competitors, will be moved out of Junior and into the appropriate non-Junior category.
  2. Novice: Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Novice may compete in this division. If you have ever won in any division higher than Novice in any competition, you may not enter at Novice or lower.
  3. Journeyman: Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Journeyman may compete in this division. If you have won more than 3 Major Awards as a Journeyman, you will need to enter at the Master Division. If you have ever won in any division higher than Journeyman in any competition, you may not enter at Journeyman or lower.
  4. Master: Open to all competitors who wish to compete at this level. Anyone who is a professional in a costume-related business must compete as a Master. For the purpose of this competition, a professional is defined as one who makes 50% or more of their income in a costume-related business.

Participants may be bumped to a higher division at the Judges’ discretion. A competitor may choose to compete in a division higher than the one s/he is eligible to enter.

Cosplay Contest Rules

The Cosplay Director has the right to eliminate any entry from the competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience, building or yourself, violation of any of the above rules, or any other reason deemed sufficient.

Tips & Guidelines:


There’s no need to be intimidated, the judges are cosplay enthusiasts looking for reasons to give you awards!  




Thanks for reading all the rules!  Write the word “banana” on the costume registration form so I know you made it this far.  ^_~