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Hallway Cosplay Contest

Do you like to cosplay, but hate large crowds? Are you an avid cosplayer who has too many costumes for just one event? Is your favorite costume from a show/game/other media that didn’t originate in Japan? Then the Hallway Cosplay Contest is for you! Come to the Hallway Cosplay area during the convention, fill out a short form, talk to the judges for a few minutes, and be on your way. No pre-registration required.

  • Friday Hallway contest is from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Cosplay Contest Registration/Check-in tables inside Ballroom C.
  • Sunday Hallway Cosplay contest judging will be open from On Sunday, Hallway Cosplay judging will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Both Friday and Sunday Hallway Cosplay winners will be announced at Closing Ceremonies. If you win a prize and cannot attend Closing Ceremonies, Naka-Kon will mail you your award.

Judging Rules and Criteria

  • Costumes can be from any source in the world; entries are not limited to characters/concepts from Japan. Hallway is a less strict version of the Main Stage Contest, but your cosplay should be at least 30% constructed by you.
  • Entrants should bring printed photos of their costumes’ sources. If you need to pull the images up on your smartphone, these will be accepted.
  • Entrants may enter alone or in a group. Groups count as a single entry. Group size cannot exceed 5 people.
  • Cosplayers may enter multiple costumes, but not the same costume multiple times. Entrants may only enter one costume per day (i.e., one on Friday and one on Sunday).
  • These rules are in addition to the general cosplay rules.
  • Friday Hallway contest is from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Cosplay Contest Registration/Check-in tables inside Ballroom C.
  • Sunday Hallway Cosplay contest judging will be from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Both Friday and Sunday Hallway Cosplay winners will be announced at Closing Ceremonies on Sunday. If you win a prize and cannot attend Closing Ceremonies, Naka-Kon will mail you your award.

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Awards

Everyone entering a Main Stage Cosplay Contest or the Hallway Cosplay Contest is eligible for one of many awesome prizes! Please note that the awards will be granted to the winning entry. If you have more than one person in your entry, it is up to you all to determine how you will split the award. We will not be distributing any additional prizes based on the number of people in your entry. The award categories are as follows:

  • Judge’s Choice Awards: Awards given out by judges based on their personal impressions of the cosplay
  • Best in show: Overall winner from the weekend
  • Best Masters: Two awards for the best in the Master class on Friday and Sunday
  • Best Intermediate: Two awards for the best in the Intermediate class on Friday and Sunday
  • Best Beginner: Two awards for the best in the Master class on Friday and Sunday
  • Not to mention some great judge's choice awards!

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Prizes

  • Best in Show: $200, and a trophy
  • Best Masters (two awards over two days): $100 each
  • Best Intermediate (two awards over two days): $75 each
  • Best Beginner (two awards over two days): $50 each
  • Not to mention some great judge's choice awards!

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