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Virtual Cosplay Contest

Self-distancing got you down? Missing the fan-fare and gravitas of the Naka-Kon’s Cosplay Contests? Have a horde of already-printed trophies and certificates you’re just itching to give away? (Just us…?) Have we got the opportunity for you!

In the spirit of the amazing fan-made #VirtualNaka2020, the Cosplay Contest staff is proud to announce Naka-Kon’s Virtual Cosplay Contest!

This is a mini version of our Hallway/Mainstage Contest that you can do from the safety of your home! All entrants are also eligible for free digital scans of themselves in their cosplays and other discounts from 3DHQ!


  • Like our social media pages!
  • Read all of the rules carefully.
  • Self-sort into your cosplay class.
  • Submit your entry materials via the registration link beginning Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:00pm CST.
  • Submission close date is Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST.
  • Win a variety of prizes including runway awards, craftsmanship awards, and best in show awards during our Twitch stream on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm CST.

All awards are craftsmanship-based, except for skit entries where craftsmanship is optional. This means that if you want to be considered for craftsmanship awards, you must prepare to submit progress photos. “Runway” awards require some element of video under 30 seconds so that we can see your costume move! Get creative! And last but not least, skit awards are for you overachievers who can have up to one minute (60 seconds) to strut your stuff. See below for specifics.

General Rules:

  • Like and/or follow Naka-Kon on a social media page of your choosing (Go off. Like ‘em all.)
  • All costumes must be PG and adhere to Naka-Kon’s regular dress code policies which can be found here: Dress Code
  • All entrants must be 14 or older by the submission deadline of the virtual contest.
  • No entries may contain religious, political, insulting or offensive statements. We utilize the following definition of offensive cosplays: cosplays that incite violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, transphobia, ageism, and bigotry. This includes race-facing (e.g. Blackface/Brownface) as well as costumes that replicate, or make light of historic or current international or national tragedies (this includes depictions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in any way).
  • No video or photos may be filmed illegally, or without the consent of the person in the video. You must also have permission from your photographer or videographer before submitting your video.
  • One entry per person is allowed. You may not enter multiple times.
  • Even virtually, Naka-Kon is a Japanese culture convention, so cosplays should be based on licensed anime, manga, J-rock/Jpop, Japanese video games etc. Characters/inspiration not rooted in Japanese origin (e.g. the Avengers, Disney characters you might find in Kingdom Hearts) do not meet this requirement. You may enter a licensed-non-Japanese character but you will not be eligible to win the Best in Show award. There is no cap on the number of non-Japanese licensed characters that may be submitted, however.
  • Original characters are not allowed; however, fanart of existing characters are allowed. Please see Naka-Kon’s definition of original art and fanart on the website: Cosplay
  • Current Naka-Kon staff members are not eligible to enter.
  • Since this is a mini contest, many of our policies have been relaxed. This means you may also enter a costume you have previously won an award in.
  • Awards at the Virtual Contest do not count as a category award, so costumes made for this contest are still eligible to enter at Naka-Kon 2021 provided it has won no other category awards.
  • In an effort to promote social-distancing and avoid undue risk of exposure to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, entries may only contain single or duo participants. No groups larger than two people will be allowed. Exercise appropriate caution and wash your hands.
  • If the costume is being worn by a model and not the creator, the award will go to the creator.
  • Naka-Kon has always been a craftsmanship centered contest, and that remains true even in an online centric event! Rather than each skill class having a required made percentage, all costumes must be at least 50% made, unless you’re entering a skit. See Naka-Kon’s definitions of “made” vs. “altered” on the website linked above.
  • Cosplay contest staff reserve the right to disqualify anyone for any logical reason, including but not limited to: cheating, inappropriate behavior on Naka-Kon’s social media channels, and offensive cosplays.


All entrants are eligible for free digital scans of themselves in their cosplay, and are eligible for the Naka-Kon discount for any figurines you purchase from 3DHQ. Your confirmation email will verify proof of entry. We’ve got some trophies and/or shiny holographic certificates to give away to winners of each award category and class, as well as Best in Show.

Submission materials for Craftsmanship and Runway Awards:

To be eligible for any award, except for the skit award you will need:

  • To have made at least 50% of your cosplay.
  • One (1) character reference photo
  • Up to three (3) progress photos
  • One (1) full body complete photo of you or your model in costume to be displayed in our online gallery.

To be considered for runway awards, you must also submit:

  • One video 30 seconds or less in length

Skit award:

Act out your favorite scene, tell a joke, or bring the drama! The skit award will be given to the contestant who best embodies a cohesive scene. To be eligible for this award, you will need:

  • One (1) full-body complete photo of you or your model to be displayed in our online gallery.
  • One video up to one minute (60 seconds) in length. Videos longer than 60 seconds will be disqualified.
  • You do not need to have made your costume to be considered for the skit award, but to be eligible for Best in Show, you must adhere to the 50% craftsmanship rule, and include a character reference photo and up to three progress photos. 

Hallway Award:

We have a special award for an entry that best captures their costume in the humble house passage: the hallway! We aren’t overly strict on the definition of a hallway.

  • To be eligible for the hallway award, please submit your entry with all above listed entry materials, however, videos are optional. 

Photo/Video Requirements:

  • Please adhere to the photo/video eligibility requirements listed under the award you are aiming for.
  • Videos can be submitted as YouTube links. Just provide a link to the video in your entry form.  Please make sure your links work and proper permissions are given on your links.
  • Please take your photos and videos in clean spaces, as your display photo and video will be put online for everyone to gaze at. Do not submit videos or photos that may accidentally contain personal information like bank information, credit card numbers, the innermost thoughts you’ve written in your diary, etc. Photos should also be clear enough for the judges to see your work.
  • There is no particular setting requirement, but please keep social distancing and CDC guidelines in mind.
  • It’s your house--you can use as many glitter cannons, smoke effects and projectiles as you want as long as they are used with safety in mind.
  • Any audio in the background of your video must be unlicensed. No licensed music or audio will be permitted.
  • Please do not submit any heavily edited photographs. That makes it difficult to gauge your work. We’re judging you on your ability to craft, not your photo editing skills.
  • You may, however, add as many edits to any video submissions you wish. You will still be judged on your ability to portray the character, but since you won’t have access to our fancy stage, you’re welcome to get creative with your video editing.
  • Since we can’t talk to you, entrants must be prepared to answer the following questions in their entry form. Each question must be answered in 100 words or less:
    • What materials did you use to make your cosplay?
    • What elements of your cosplay did you make?
    • Is there anything else about your cosplay you’d like the judges to know?
    • What text would you like our MCs to read about your costume during the live stream?
    • Please note that the MC text may be edited for time and content.


All contestants will self-sort into class level. This ensures that each participant is judged fairly among those in their same skill level.

  • Beginner: Any contestant who has never won an award in any costume/cosplay contest, or has won 2 or fewer small cosplay awards (e.g., a judge’s choice award, or best beginner runner up).
  • Intermediate: Any contestant who has won two or fewer category awards in any costume/cosplay contest, or convention cosplay contest (e.g. Best Beginner, or Best Beginner craftsmanship).
  • Master: Any contestant who has won three or more category awards in any costume/cosplay contest, or convention cosplay contest, or someone who has income exceeding $10,000 per year from costuming, cosplay, sewing, prop construction, wig construction/styling, or any other costume/cosplay-related field.
    Please note the cosplay contest team reserves the right to move you to an appropriate class at any time without prior warning in the interest of the integrity of the contest. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email

Looking forward to your submissions!

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