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2023 Cosplay Contests

Cosplay is one of the most cherished activities here at Naka-Kon, and we’re so excited to see your dazzling displays of pop culture celebration!

Mainstage Cosplay Contest Awards

The Main Stage Cosplay Contest provides an opportunity for participants to showcase cosplay craftsmanship and runway performances before an audience. All entrants will be judged on craftsmanship and runway performance, where craftsmanship is judged before the Main Stage performance, and runway will be judged as entrants walk the stage. Entrants in the skit category have the option of being judged on craftsmanship.

Best In Show
Dhalia and Bunny
Hitomi from Escaflone
Best Skit
Dollie Doom
Yorha A2 from Nier Automata
Best Beginner Runway
King Rxdsxils
Mika Kagehira from Ensemble Stars
Best Beginner Craftsmanship
Covus Costumes
Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle
Best Beginner Overall
Snorlax from Pokemon
Best Intermediate Runway
Marsha T. Mallow
Charlotte from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Best Intermediate Craftsmanship
Thunderforge Cosplay
Loid Forger from Spy x Family
Best Intermediate Overall
Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle
Best Master Runway
Better than Toast
Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura
Best Master Craftsmanship
A Cosplayer
Fulgur Anja Armor from Monster Hunter World
Best Master Overall
Starla Wynn and Eleksin
Alucard from Castlevania, Maria Renard from Castlevania
Judge's Choice
Georgi Popovich from Yuri on Ice
Judge's Choice
Chirri Cosplays
Princess Isabella from Nintendo
Judge's Choice
Pat Hernandez
Sucrose from Genshin Impact

Iron Cosplay Con Crunch Competition (IC4) Awards

Picture this: Naka-Kon weekend has finally arrived and you've finished all of your crafting. The con-crunch is finally over, right? WRONG! Get ready because this year we’re presenting the Iron Cosplay Con-Crunch Competition! (IC4 for short).

This new event is an Iron Chef-style project where teams of up to five will compete using their creativity, cooperation, and a random assortment of materials. Teams will create a theme-matching cosplay only with supplies provided at the event, all within a 60 minute time frame. Anyone can join in on the fun and there will be prizes for participants and lucky audience members!

Best In Show
The Boyz
Runner Up
Ya Ha Ha
Best Use of Materials
Snack Mafia
Judge's Choice
Rad Girl Coven
Edward Elrich
Judge's Choice
Support Team Special
Judge's Choice
We Just Don’t Know


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