The Novice division exists to encourage people who are new to costuming and cosplay contests to compete. The Journeyman division is an interim division for cosplayers who have consistently won awards in the Novice division, but who feel they are not yet ready to compete in the Master division. The Master division is open to any competitor who wishes to enter.
ABCU maintains a "Junior/Youth" class so young cosplayers who participate in the design and construction of their own costumes need not compete against adults unless they wish to. This class is restricted to children ages 12 and below.
ABCU also maintains an Exhibition category specifically for contestants who wish to participate in the contest but either cannot enter because their costume does not meet the criteria for entry into one of the skill-based divisions or if they simply do not want to go through the prejudging process.
Please note that it is possible for you to placed in a different category at the judges' discretion.