WHAT IS THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS OF COSPLAY?

The Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay is the largest and most prestigious costume contest in Australia! This is the first stop in the “Quest for the Crown,” a global Cosplay competition circuit that celebrates the very best in Cosplay from all over the world.

The Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay will take place at each Press Play and Oz Comic-Con event in 2018, with qualifying winners from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney battling it out in the final round at Oz Comic-Con Sydney, for the chance to be crowned the Australian Champion of Cosplay!

This year, Oz Comic-Con is pleased to welcome Spotlight and Brother as the presenting partners of the Australian Championships of Cosplay! Be sure to visit them at Cosplay Central during all events! 

Join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled competition celebrating the talent, skill and determination of the best Cosplayers in Australia and the world!

Please note, the application forms will close on the Sunday night 2 weeks prior to each specific show.

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 THE GLOBAL QUEST FOR THE COSPLAY CROWN

The Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay is part of the global ‘Quest for the Crown’ circuit that celebrates the very best in Cosplay design from all over the world. The 2019 Australian Champion of Cosplay will represent Australia in the 2019 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, the final round in the Quest for the Crown Cosplay Competition Circuit. There they will battle it out with the best Cosplayers in the world from the United States, Australia, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India and France.

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HOW IT WORKS

The Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay will be held at each Oz Comic-Con event in 2019. The winners of each qualifier round will then be sent to Oz Comic-Con Sydney to compete in the final round of the Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay!

The competitions are craftsmanship award shows with a pre-judging session and a stage display. All entries must represent a character or element from pop culture including comic books, movies, television, video games, anime & manga, and fantasy.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the Oz Comic-Con team and entrants may only enter one costume into each competition in each state – Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Accepted contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off stage and then present themselves on Stage One of their home-town event for first place in their respective categories. The winner of each qualifying state Championship will be sent to Oz Comic-Con Sydney. It is here that the five will compete against each other to take home the ultimate title of the Oz Comic-Con Australian Champion of Cosplay! 

Each edition of the Oz Comic-Con Championships of Cosplay is a celebration of all pop culture. It is a craftsmanship award show with a pre-judging session and a stage display.

Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the Oz Comic-Con team – entrants may only enter one costume into each competition. If approved, contestants will be contacted by the Oz Comic-Con team and will advance on to the competition stage of the the Oz Comic-Con Championships of Cosplay in each state. Contestants will be judged solely on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. No store bought costumes will be eligible to enter.

Accepted contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship off stage and then present themselves on Stage One of their home-town event for first place in their respective categories. The winner of each qualifying Championship will be sent to Oz Comic-Con Sydney where they will compete against each Champion to take home the ultimate title of the Oz Comic-Con Australian Champion of Cosplay! 

Contestants in each state will provide Oz Comic-Con with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and can exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute.

Space in the Oz Comic-Con Championships of Cosplay is limited and entry will be based on each applicant’s form and picture. There are no group entries allowed. Read the full T&Cs. 

THE PRIZES

Press Play [Perth, Adelaide] and Oz Comic-Con [Melbourne and Brisbane] Qualifying Champion
In each state, the winners from each category will compete in the final round. The overall title of [Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney] Champion of Cosplay will be awarded to the costume that is considered to be the “Best in Show” based on the scores given by the judges. Every category is eligible for this award.

First Place/Best in Show in each State (Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane) will receive;

  • Two (2) Tickets for Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018 
  • Hotel for two (2) nights in Sydney for Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018
  • One (1) return flight to Sydney for Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018
  • Automatic Entry into the final round of the Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay at Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018

Oz Comic-Con Australian Champion
The winners from each state qualifier will compete in the final round of the Oz Comic-Con Sydney Championships of Cosplay. The overall title of Oz Comic-Con Australian Champion of Cosplay will be awarded to the costume that is considered to be the “Best in Show” based on the scores given by the judges. Every category is eligible for this award.

Oz Comic-Con Australian Champion of Cosplay

  • Two (2) VIP Tickets for C2E2 2019 (held in Chicago, USA)
  • $1,000 Cash (AUD)
  • Airfare – One (1) round trip economy flight to Chicago
  • Hotel for two (2) nights in Chicago for C2E2 2019
  • Automatic Entry into the final round of the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2 2019
 
 

2018 WINNERS

Meet the winners from the Oz Comic-Con 2018 Australian Championships of Cosplay. The winner for each of these cities will go on to Sydney to compete in the grand final of the Championships of Cosplay Australia grand final! The winner of the grand final will then go to represent Australia for the Quest for the Crown in 2019 at C2E2!

The Dingo Ate My Cosplay (Adelaide)

Eriodna – Kings of the Realm  

“I love developing a cosplay and seeing all the research and individual components come together into a unique piece of art.”

PIKAPI (Perth)

AGP 02 Banshee Unicorn MS Girl – Armour Girls Project

“My favourite parts about cosplay are the ability to meet new people, engage in new activities, learn new techniques and think outside the box to create something real life that existed only in the fantasy gaming or anime world.” 

ALTF4 Cosplay (MELBOURNE)

Sister of Battle – Warhammer 40k

This competition is the highlight of my year as I always make new friends 

and can always be found asking questions about their costumes and learning new ways of doing things from the crafters that I meet. 

TBC (BRISBANE)

TBC (SYDNEY)