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What is Cosplay?

Cosplay is a term that comes from a combination of the word’s “costume” and “play”. It gives fans a chance to express their fondness for fictional characters by dressing up and acting like their favourite characters. Over the last six years, Cosplay has grown at a substantial rate in South Africa and throughout Africa, allowing South Africa the opportunity to compete at an international standard. Cosplay originated in the United States of America at the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Cosplay is better known for its Japanese sub-culture links. Japan made it popular with their anime and manga characters and their love of visual expression. This live-action art form is not limited to Japanese culture and we encourage people of all ages, ethnicity, shapes, and sizes to join us and take part in the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Cosplay Masters Competitions

 

2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay Prizes

2020 Virtual Cosplay Masters Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place:
    • Flights & accommodation to NYCC
    • R5 000 cash
    • Brother sewing machine
    • 2x Weekend pass to CCA 2021
  • 2nd Place:
    • R3 500 cash
    • R500 CCA merch store voucher
    • 2x Weekend pass to CCA 2021
  • 3rd Place:
    • R2 500 cash
    • R500 merch store voucher
    • 2x Weekend pass to CCA 2021

 

No Cosplays, or remakes of cosplay that have placed in ANY previous South African cosplay competition(s) may enter.

Please note that if you want to be considered for Cosplay Champion, you must enter either “Solo” or “Masters” as well as “Construction”.

Please note that it is not guaranteed that you will be judged by the international judges before the finals.

Please note that the previous year’s Comic Con Africa Champion of Cosplay (the overall winner) will not be eligible to compete for 1 (one) year after they have placed. Therefore, the Champion of Cosplay for 2019 will not, as any character, be eligible to compete in 2019 and will only be eligible to compete again in 2021. The Champion of Cosplay for 2020 will not be eligible to compete in 2021 and will only be eligible to compete again in 2022.

Please note each contestant can only enter 1 (one) Cosplay into the Competition. You can enter the same Cosplay into multiple divisions.

 

When & Where?

The Virtual Championships of Cosplay will be held on Thursday, 24th September 2020 and Friday, 25th September 2020 at Comic Con Africa Online, hosted by Reed Exhibitions and Reedpop on various digital platforms such as Twitch, YouTube etc. The virtual competition finals will take place on the virtual main stage on Sunday, 27th September 2020.

All entrants must register online with via Teams/Zoom (links will be provided via email to the contestants) at least 1 (one) hour before their judging time slot.

You can confirm your registration and receive your entry badge at this time.

No entry/registrations will take place over the weekend, you must register online!

No payments will be accepted on the day!

All judging will be done online for 2020. Each contestant will need to have access to reliable internet, a microphone (plug in or part of your computer) and headphones. Each contestant will receive their judging time one (1) week before the competition, as well as a link to a virtual judging room (hosted on Teams/Zoom) meeting. The contestant will then have to log onto the link 10 (ten) minutes before the time of their judging, a GES administrator will then grant access to the virtual judging room when their timeslot begins with the judges as well as a representative from GES (the representative is only there if any technically errors occur and will not be communicating with the contestant, judges during judging of the contestant). The judges will then go through the judging process with the contestant via the meeting. After the contestants’ time slot is done, they will log off of the meeting.

Judging days will take place on the Thursday the 24th September 2020 from 10h00 to 18h00 and Friday the 25th September 2020 from 10h00 to 18h00.

All the contestants that make it to finals will be informed via email and SMS on Friday the 25th September from 19h00 onwards. If a contestant makes it to the finals, they will be required to send (via email) a 100 (one hundred) word description of your Cosplay (how you made it) that will be read out by the emcee to introduce you to the virtual stage. This must be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by 12h00 on Saturday, 26th September 2020 and which will then be sent to the show organizers by Sunday 08h00. If GES do not receive this information in the required format you may not be allowed to take part in the virtual finals.

Should you need to, please contact us via email (cosplay@ges-sa.com) during the virtual event as we will be able to respond to your query.

Please note that if you pull out of the Cosplay competition at any point you will not receive a refund on your entry fee.

 

Eligibility to enter the Contest

 

Eligibility

  •  By entering the competition, you (the contestant) agree to abide by all the rules herein and the generalexpo/event rules as set out by Comic Con Africa, Reedpop and Reed Exhibitions. We reserve the right to disqualify any entrant for reckless conduct or the non-adherence or transgression of any rules. 
  • All participants must make sure they have access to internet, high-quality microphones and cameras and any other equipment needed to join Comic Con Africa Online 2020. All contestants must be available on Thursday, 24th September 2020 and Friday, 25th September 2020 for judging as well as for the finals and the prize-giving ceremony that will take place on the virtual stage on Sunday, 27th September 2020.
  • The organisers may make concessions for non-Johannesburg-based entrants; however, this will be at the discretion of the organisers. Such allowances may result in additional costs (such as shipping costs for prizes) which may be for the account of the winner.
  • By registering for the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay, you agree to allow GES, Comic Con Africa, Reedpop, Reed Exhibitions and any sponsors and/or partners to use your images, stills and videos for promotional and administrative purposes on any platform or medium. By entering the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay, you agree that such images, video, and digital material may be utilized without prior consent or editing. You therefore agree that you willingly consent to such use and that any such use shall not be regarded as an infringement on your privacy in any manner whatsoever.
  • Staff and members of GES and its sponsors/partners may not enter the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay competition. Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Cosplay judges, family members of judges and contest administrative staff and direct prize sponsors may not enter the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay competition.
  • The judges of the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships, Casual and padawan cosplay competitions are in no way affiliated with GES, the convention organisers, Comic Con Africa, Reedpop and Reed Exhibitions and any sponsors or partners.
  •  The competition judges’ decisions are final and shall not be subject to any review or appeal.

Comprehensive Rules 

 

Rules: General

The rules as listed below shall be applicable to all cosplayers who are entering the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay. The said rules shall not be applicable to general cosplayers dressing up for the convention / event (if you are cosplaying but do not wish to enter the contest, you are free to do so).

No Cosplays, or remakes of cosplay that have placed in ANY previous South African cosplay competition(s) may enter.

 

• GES, Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop, sponsors and partners and/or the event organisers are not responsible for any cosplayers and their props. 

• Cosplayers must be responsible and courteous to other expo / event visitors. 

• Comic Con Africa is a family friendly event, and this must always be kept in mind. 

• Cosplays may not exceed a PG -13 rating. If you feel unsure that your cosplay meets these standards, please contact GES (cosplay@ges-sa.com) for further information. 

• Contestants are responsible for all expenses related to competing in the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay including but not limited to all lodging, travel, equipment, and data. 

• Entrants must provide a written description that the emcee will read during the finals. This may describe the details of their cosplay and / or provide a story about the character being portrayed. 

You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours spent on the creation, or anything else of interest that might impress the judges and fans. This description is limited to 100 (one hundred) words and will not be read should it exceed the said number of words allowed. This needs to be sent via email to GES (cosplay@gessa.com)  by midday (12h00) on Saturday, 26th September 2020. Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES shall not be held liable or responsible should the content be inaccurate, defaming or infringing on any copyright laws. The participant therefore indemnifies the organisers, Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES against any claims that may arise because of the content submitted by the participant. 

• Cosplays cannot promote: 

o sexual misconduct and / or the incitement thereof, o alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, o firearms / weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), o any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, o any political agenda, hate speech, or a similar message. 

• Cosplays cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law. 

• Contestant and/or cosplayer is urged to refrain from wearing and / or using any substances that may potentially interfere with another participant's cosplay. If you are wearing body paint and / or make-up, please make sure it will not come in contact with others. Contestants cannot bring anything on stage that could damage the other participants’ cosplays. Do not leave anything on stage at any time before or after your appearance. 

• Nudity will not be accepted. 

• All cosplays must provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show. Gore, graphic violence, and / or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges or Comic Con Africa staff. Such decisions shall be final. Please contact GES (cosplay@gessa.com) if you have concerns around whether your cosplay is suitable or not. 

• Wings, large props, and / or large cosplays will be allowed as long as they do not exceed 2,5m (two comma five meters) in height and 2m (two meters) in width. 

If possible, make wings and other parts that form part of your cosplay detachable. We request that you be safe and aware while on stage. Each contestant will be responsible for ALL damages to the stage, lighting, technical aspects should the damage be caused by the contestant and / or their cosplays. By entering and participating in the contest; you indemnify and hold harmless the organisers, Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES for any damages directly or indirectly caused by yourself and / or suffered by you as a result of such participation, including but not limited to injury, illness, allergic reactions or death as the case may be. 

• Your cosplay must allow for movement with only limited assistance. 

• Your cosplay may not impede your ability to get on and off stage. Furthermore, 

your cosplay cannot be constructed on stage. 

• Offensive language of any kind is not allowed— racial and / or sexual epithets or profanity will not be allowed and may lead to removal and immediate disqualification from the competitions and removal from Comic Con Africa. 

• No sexual activity or contact, real or implied, will be allowed and may lead to removal and immediate disqualification from the contest and Comic Con Africa 

• Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES reserves the right to cancel, suspend and / or modify the contest, or any part thereof, if any fraud, technical failures and / or any other factors beyond Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES’s reasonable control and that may impair the integrity or proper functioning of the contest, as determined by GES SA or Comic Con Africa in its sole discretion. Comic Con Africa reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual if there is evidence of tampering with the entry process and / or the operation of the contest; or to be acting in violation of the official rules of this or any other connected / partner promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES’s failure to enforce any term of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. 

• Limitations of Liability: Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors and / or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from any entrant’s participation in the contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the entrant’s sole remedy is another entry into the contest, if it is possible. If the contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and GES or any associated sponsors, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random draw from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize(s) offered herein. 

• Be clever, not crass! If you think your cosplay or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is. If you have a question about your content, please feel free to ask GES if it is allowable. 

• Contestants may not use stage time to make any political, religious, sexist, racist, insulting, and / or other demonstrations unrelated to their performance. If this is done it may lead to your immediate disqualification from the competition and removal from Comic Con Africa. 

• Providing false information on the registration form could disqualify you. We respect your privacy and will not use your contact details for anything other than this event. You are protected by your local data protection laws. 

• We reserve the right to close registration at any time and / or if the maximum capacity of entries is reached. 

• Contest organisers reserve the right to update the rules if needed to abide by external rules and / or due to legal implications, as and when brought to our attention. 

• All decisions made by the organisers are final. Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop, GES and sponsors/partners reserve the right to disqualify any entrant on reasonable grounds pertaining to the competition rules, conduct, irresponsible behavior and / or any other matter we deem plausible. 

• The judges’ decisions are final, and winners will be announced during the prize giving of the Comic Con Africa 202 Virtual Championships of Cosplay show taking place on the virtual main stage on Sunday, 27th September 2020 

 

Non-contestant cosplayers must adhere to the expo / event rules which include: 

  • Outfits must be family friendly. 
  •  Weaponry and props must be safe. 
  •  Cosplayers must respect other cosplayers and expo visitors; and 
  • Comic Con Africa is not responsible for the behavior of its patrons towards cosplayers although we will respond to any requests for assistance. 

 

Rules: Weaponry and Special Effects

• No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gasses or liquids, unless pre-approved by both GES and Comic Con Africa’s fire marshal and / or show security may be brought on site or used during the contest. These may only be used for final on-stage performances. 

• No messy substances that are wet, dry, or oily may be used. 

• The use of any bodily fluids (including but not limited to blood and saliva) is strictly prohibited for health and hygiene reasons. Any, and all, cosplays and props are subject to random checks by Comic Con Africa security and the health and safety officials at their discretion and should such cosplays not comply with the aforementioned rules, it may be confiscated with immediate effect until end of day. Failure to adhere to the rules may result in your removal from Comic Con Africa. 

• Entrants must abide by the following general weapons policy: 

o Whilst walking around the convention / event, ALL weapons must to be sheathed, concealed and safety tipped or otherwise made non-lethal. This includes fake weapons with sharp points, edges, or excessive weighted bulk. o You may draw your weapons at the convention for photographs, but you are then required to put them away again for safety reasons. 

o Pointing weapons at anyone not cosplaying is not allowed unless they give express permission in the case of a photo or while a video is being taken. 

o Weapons may be displayed for photos, videos, judging and stage performances without safety measures in place, provided that the person acts responsibly. This is at the discretion of the organisers. 

o Weaponry may be confiscated (until end of day) if the organisers receive complaints or feel that the object is a danger to others. 

o Cosplayers are responsible for the handling and safety of ALL props or weapons brought into the expo. Any injuries to other expo-goers will be dealt with severely. Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop, GES and sponsors / partners are not liable for any injuries, loss, theft, or damage incurred. 

• At the discretion of security on site, the following may be allowed: 

o Plastic and metal shields. o Lightweight plastic / lightweight PVC props / lightsabres. 

o Toy guns, as long as they do not look like real ones and cannot function or 

shoot projectiles and have an orange tip on the barrel. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with a brightly coloured cap/s. 

o Prop bows will be allowed provided that all arrows have soft tips made of foam or cardboard 

 

If any of the above items are deemed unsafe by Comic Con Africa, Reed Exhibitions, Reedpop and / or GES, they will not be allowed inside the venue. The said items will only be allowed as long as they are deemed safe and will not cause harm onsite to any other parties at the event. 

 

• The following items are forbidden at Comic Con Africa: 

o Functional firearms (including but not limited to air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns). 

o Realistic replica firearms (including but not limited to reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms). 

o Functional projectile weapons (including but not limited to blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns). o Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including but not limited to axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades). 

o Explosives (including but not limited to firecrackers, PopPops, fireworks, or smoke bombs). o Chemical weapons (including but not limited to mace and pepper spray and stink bombs). o Blunt weapons (including but not limited to brass knuckles, clubs, and nunchaku). 

o Hard prop weapons (including but not limited to props made of metal, heavy chain, fiberglass, PVC, wood, and glass). 

o Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles, airhorns and grenade horns. 

o Whips. 

o Aerosol mustard (including but not limited to spray paint cans, aerosol cans, pepper spray, mace); and 

o Drones. 

 

Rules: 3D Printing 

 

3D printed props and armour are allowed to be entered into the contest as long as they adhere to the following conditions: 

• The prop / armour needs to be assembled, painted, and finished by the cosplayer, this is eligible for all cosplayers entering the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay, no matter what division or skill level that they enter.  

• If it has been commissioned from a 3D printing company, the cosplayer will have to submit a certificate / letter from the company stating that they only did the printing of the piece(s). 

• Cosplayers that own their own 3D printer will be required to submit progress pictures of the cosplay piece(s) being printed. 

• Masters cosplayers are not allowed to use bought or free 3D printed files and have to 3D model all the files they use in 3D printing themselves. Along with your portfolio you will be required to send through a time lapse video of your 3D modelling and the files. 

• If a master’s cosplayer has gotten their files printed by a 3D Printing company, they will be required to submit a certificate / letter from the company stating that they only did the printing of the piece(s) and nothing more. 

 

Portfolio 

 

Comic Con Africa will place images of each contestant that is entering the Comic Con Africa 2020 Virtual Championships of Cosplay on their website before the competition. The following will be required from each contestant: 

• A picture of the contestant in or out of cosplay. This picture does not need to be of the cosplay that the contestant is entering into the competition. 

• The name that will be shown on the website is the contestant’s preferred name. This will be filled in by the cosplayer on the entry forms. 

 

Finals  

On Sunday, 27th September 2020 the virtual championship finals will be held on the virtual stage. All those who have taken part in the contest need to be available to take part in the final virtual judging on that day. Below is the procedure on how this will take place: 

• On Friday 25th September 2020, the top 5 (five) from each category will be contacted via phone call / SMS and email by one of the GES cosplay administrators. 

• The top 5 (five) contestants in each category will need to be available for the final virtual judging that will take place on the virtual main stage at Comic Con Africa on Sunday 27th September 2020. 

• Finalists will be required to have a 100 (one hundred) word description of their cosplay that will need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by midday (12h00) on Saturday the 26th September 2020. This will be read out to the judges and crowd by the emcee on the day during the stage show. If descriptions are not in the format mentioned above, the relevant finalist may not be able to go on stage for the final judging at the organizer’s discretion. 

 

 

 

No Cosplays, or remakes of cosplay that have placed in ANY previous South African cosplay competition(s) may enter. 

 

Please note that if you want to be considered for Cosplay Champion, you have to enter either 

“Solo” or “Masters” as well as “Construction”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Enter 

 

You can only enter online – there will not be any “on-the-day” registrations due to the time it takes to process the entries and judging time. All payments must be made in advance by the stipulated date/s. 

 

No Cosplays, or remakes of cosplay that have placed in ANY previous South African cosplay competition(s) may enter. 

 

Please note that if you want to be considered for Cosplay Champion, you have to enter either “Solo” or “Masters” as well as “Construction”. 

 

 

All cosplays entered must fall within one of the following categories to be valid: 

• Pop Culture: Fictional character from any comic book, TV series or movie, movie, cartoon, or novel. This is not limited to any geographical location. It can include characters from Bollywood and Korean Dramas as an example. 

• Gaming: Fictional character from any game from any platform (computer, console, mobile, tabletop, card game, etc.) 

• Anime/Manga: Fictional character from any Japanese sub-culture (printed, written or animated). Those doing Korean/Chinese characters from written or animated formats fall under this category 

• OC: Original Character of your own creation. 

o Should you choose to cosplay an OC (Original Character) the following will also be needed: 

▪ Provide the judges with a character bio and be prepared to explain how your OC fits into a fictional universe. 

Divisions Overview 

 

Main Entry Divisions 

• Each entry will be counted separately and will have a separate entry fee. There are 6 (six) main entry divisions – see the detailed divisions breakdown below for further information: o Solo (for the individual, will be considered for cosplay champion) 

o Construction (for the individual that only wants to be judged on how the cosplay was put together) 

o Group (for groups consisting of 2 or more people. Cannot be considered for cosplay champion) 

o Skit (for performers, cannot be considered for cosplay champion) o Representation (cannot be considered for cosplay champion); and 

o Master (All master cosplayers to enter this division and they will be considered for cosplay champion). 

 

Sub-Divisions 

After you have chosen which division you would like to compete in you need to choose which sub- division you would like to compete in. This is a section that has been added in order to create different judging breakdowns for each section. 

• Needlework Cosplay (only within solo and masters); and • Armour Cosplay (only within solo and masters). 

 

All judging sheets can be found below to ensure the process is transparent.  

 

Skill Levels 

After you have chosen your division and your sub-division, please choose which skill level you would like to compete under. 

• Beginner/Novice (casual). 

• Intermediate (experienced); and 

• Masters (semi-professional and professional. This skill level is only available for the Construction division). 

 

 

Please note that if you want to be considered for Cosplay Champion, you have to enter either “Solo” or “Masters” as well as “Construction”. 

No Cosplays, or remakes of cosplay that have placed in ANY previous South African cosplay competition(s) may enter. 

 

Detailed Breakdown of Divisions 

 

Solo Division 

• If entering the solo division, you will need to complete the online solo entry form, pay the appropriate fee and register at the registration area at the virtual Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• You will be required to submit a planning schedule/portfolio 1 (one) week before the competition and no later than 17th September 2020 so as to give the judges time to read through it and prepare for your judging slot. Points will be awarded for the quality of prep work and planning that goes into the cosplay. This portfolio should include pictures and details of how you went about designing and creating your cosplay and can also contain information regarding specific skills or techniques that you used or had to learn in order to complete this cosplay. 

• You may enter the same cosplay in the solo division as well as the skit division. Each entry counts as a separate entry and will be subject to separate entry fees and prize allocations. 

• Solo division scores will be considered for the cosplay champion. 

 

Construction Division 

• If entering in the construction division, you will need to complete the online cosplay construction division entry form, pay the appropriate fee and register at the registration area at the virtual Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• This is a separate contest that runs alongside the Championships of Cosplay contest that focusses on the cosplay’s construction only. 

• You will be required to submit a planning schedule/portfolio 1 (one) week before the competition and no later than 17th September 2020 so as to give the judges time to read through it and prepare for your judging slot. Points will be awarded for the quality of prep work and planning that goes into the cosplay. This portfolio should include pictures and details of how you went about designing and creating your cosplay and can also contain information regarding specific skills or techniques that you used or had to learn in order to complete this cosplay. 

• Only handmade cosplays qualify and need to be entered by the cosplay maker. 

• The cosplay needs to be at least 75% crafted by the cosplayer entering the contest. 

• The creator/maker of the cosplay may enter their cosplay whether they are entered into the main cosplay contest or not. Enter using the online form only. 

• The cosplay will need to be presented and modelled for the judges by the cosplay maker or a model of their choice. The model will be considered a prop for the purpose of showing off the cosplay. 

• Construction division scores will be considered along with the entries from Solo or Masters Divisions scores for the cosplay champion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groups Division 

• Groups need to assign a group leader who is responsible for the payment and registration of the group.  

• Group leaders will need to complete the online group entry form, pay the appropriate fee(s), and register the group at the registration area at the virtual Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• Each group member will be required to submit a planning schedule/portfolio 1 (one) week before the competition and no later than 17th September 2020 so as to give the judges time to read through it and prepare for your judging slot. Points will be awarded for the quality of prep work and planning that goes into the cosplay. This portfolio should include pictures and details of how you went about designing and creating your cosplay and can also contain information regarding specific skills or techniques that you used or had to learn in order to complete this cosplay. 

• Each member of the group will need to pay an entry fee. If the group is made up of 3 people, you will need to pay 3 (three) times the amount for the group. (i.e.: R100 x 3 = R300) 

• You may enter as a group even if someone in the group has entered the Solo, Skit, Construction or Representation contest as well. 

• Groups will be judged as a group and not by individual participants, although each member of the group may be looked at individually during judging 

• Groups may not enter the construction division. That division is only for individuals. 

• If one member of the group is disqualified, the entire group may be disqualified. 

• The cost for groups is the same rate as for individuals. Each person in the group will need to pay his/her registration fee. This needs to be paid together as one amount. 

• Groups will NOT be considered for cosplay champion. 

 

 

Skit Division 

• Skits are a separate division and require a separate entry form. 

• Skits can be entered as solo or a group. 

• Commissioned, rented, or bought cosplays may be entered under this division ONLY. 

• When entering in the skit division, you will need to complete the online skit entry form, pay the appropriate fee and register at the registration area at Virtual Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• If you enter as a group each member of the group will need to pay an entry fee. If the group is made up of 3 people you will need to pay 3 (three) times the amount for the group. (i.e.: R100 x 3 = R300) 

• Skit division requires you to do a performance as part of your marking criteria. 

• Skits may not be longer than 2,5 (two and a half) minutes for solo skit entries. 

• Skits may not be longer than 3 (three) minutes for groups of 2 – 4 (two to four) and no more than 4 (four) minutes for groups larger than 4 (four). 

• If you go over the time limit points will be deducted from your final score. 

• Skits will NOT be allowed during the 1-on-1 judging process. They must be entered into the skit division and performed on the stage on Friday 25th September 2020 in the afternoon. Times will be communicated. 

• Music for a skit must be provided in a high-quality MP4 format only, and MP4 format for videos. These need to be emailed or sent via WeTransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox to 

Cosplay@ges-sa.com at least 2 (two) weeks before the competition and no later than 10th September 2020. This is so we can ensure that the videos and / or music work and can be given to the stage / production managers to be successfully played on the day. We cannot accept any videos or music on the day. 

• Please note that you will not lose any marks if you do not have any music or video aspects during your skit. 

• Skits will NOT be considered for cosplay champion. 

 

Representation 

• If entering in the representation division you will need to complete the online representation division entry form, pay the appropriate fee and register at the registration area at Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• This division has NO skill levels. 

• This division allows those who have bought and commissioned Cosplays to enter, though you can also enter this division if you have made the Cosplay yourself. 

• The focus of this division is for those who can embody a character. You will be judged on your overall look and how well you can become or act like the character. 

• This differs from skit as you MUST be able to do improvisation in your character’s specific style as the judges will request you to do specific tasks such as: how would your character act during a plane crash. 

• There is a separate prize for this division. 

• Representation division scores will NOT be considered for cosplay champion. 

 

Master Division 

 

Those entering under masters will go through a screening process beforehand. This means that even if you apply to compete under masters you may be moved to a different category. Those who qualify after the screening can then compete under this division. 

 

• There will be no sub-division prizes i.e. Needlework and Armour. However, you will still be required to select a sub-division in order to get the correct marking sheet. 

• There you will be required to submit a planning schedule/portfolio 1 (one) week before the competition and no later than 17th September 2020 so as to give the judges time to read through it and prepare for your judging slot. Points will be awarded for the quality of prep work and planning that goes into the Cosplay. This portfolio should include pictures and details of how you went about designing and creating your Cosplay and can also contain information regarding specific skills or techniques that you used or had to learn in order to complete this Cosplay. 

• If you do not submit a portfolio you can still compete on the day, but you will not get marks for that section. 

• No portfolios will be accepted on the day. 

• At least 90% of the Cosplay has to be crafted. 

• Masters cosplayers are not allowed to use bought or free 3D printed files and have to 3D model all the files they use in 3D printing themselves. Along with your portfolio you will be required to send through a time lapse video of your 3D modelling the files. 

• If a master’s cosplayer has gotten their files printed by a 3D Printing company, they will be required to submit a certificate / letter from the company stating that they only did the printing of the piece(s). 

• If entering in the Master Cosplayer Division you will need to complete the online Master Cosplayer entry form, pay the appropriate fee and register at the registration area at Cosplay Central at least 1 (one) hour before your judging slot at the event. 

• Master vision scores will be considered for the cosplay champion. 

 

Sub-Divisions 

In order to ensure fair judging, we have sub-divisions. Please make sure you select the appropriate sub-division on your entry form as you will be judged accordingly. If you feel that your Cosplay fits into both divisions, please select the division you would most like to highlight on the Cosplay. (i.e. if you think the needlework aspects were more detailed or harder to make than the armour aspects select that division.) 

Needlework Cosplay 

• Cosplays that are 70% sewn/cloth material compete under this division. 

• Sewn/cloth Cosplays contain fabric materials such as cotton, twill, mini matt, linen, etc. 

• A unique marking sheet is created for this division in which the judges focus on sewing aspects. 

• You can enter this section even if there are armour aspects on the Cosplay as long as the majority of the Cosplay is sewn/cloth. 

• Needlework division scores will still be considered for the Cosplay champion. 

 

Armour Cosplay 

• Cosplays that are 70% armour compete under this division. 

• Armour Cosplays contain materials such as EVA Foam, craft board, cardboard, thermoplastics etc. 

• A unique marking sheet is created for this division in which the judges focus on armour aspects. 

• You can enter this section even if there are sewn/cloth aspects on the Cosplay as long as the majority of the Cosplay is armour. 

• Armour Division scores will be considered for the Cosplay champion. 

 

Skill Levels 

 

In an attempt to ensure fair judging, we have skill levels. Please make sure you select the appropriate skill level on your entry form as you will be judged accordingly. 

 

The judges have the power to move you to a higher skill level. 

 

Master (Semi-Professional to Professional) 

• The Master level is intended for skilled Cosplayers with significant to extensive Cosplay experience and/or at least one or several Cosplay related awards. 

• Professional actors and actresses or groups who perform or Cosplay professionally at or outside the convention circuit are required to compete at this level. 

• Professional Cosplayers, tailors, patternmakers, seamstresses or people who take commissions for creating Cosplays or other clothing are required to compete at this level if entering the Cosplay division. 

• Cosplayers/crafters with significant experience making Cosplays may enter this division. 

• At least 90% of the outfit must be crafted. 

• Those competing under masters must submit a portfolio at least 1 (one) week beforehand. This is to allow the judges time to read through the portfolios. Please also note that the portfolio has to be in a PDF format that does not exceed 15MB in size. The portfolio must not have a lock on it or be password protected as we need to be able to print the portfolios to have available for the judges in the judging room in Cosplay Central on the judging day so that they may refer to it. 

• If there are any Cosplayers who use the same portfolio for Patreon rewards or any other rewards, please note that we at Comic Con Africa and GES will not hand them out to anyone other than the judges and will not distribute them online or physically to anyone. You are protected by local data protection laws. 

• Anyone who chooses to enter in this division may do so but please note that there is a screening process beforehand. You will receive an email stating if you have passed the screening process or not. 

 

Intermediate (Moderate) 

• The Intermediate level is intended for people with some Cosplay experience that is not a first- timer or novice. 

• Intermediate entrants must have previously entered into at least two Cosplay competition, even if they never won anything. 

• Cosplay makers with some sewing or designing experience must enter under this skill level for the Cosplay division. 

• At least 75% of the outfit has to be crafted or have been altered. 

• Anyone who chooses to compete in this division may do so. 

 

Novice (Casual) 

• The Novice level is intended for first time Cosplayers or a Cosplayer’s first time entering into a Cosplay contest, who may or may not have Cosplayed casually before. 

• It is also for those who have never entered a Cosplay contest before or only entered once before and are now entering casually. 

• First time Cosplay makers with little to no sewing/crafting experience must enter this skill level for the Cosplay contest. 

• At least 60% of the Cosplay must be crafted or have been altered. 

• Anyone who chooses to compete in this division may do so. 

 

The Submission Process, Judging Process and Marking Sheet 

 

Submission Process 

All Contestants will need to submit the following regardless of skill level and division, unless stated otherwise. 

• Each contestant will need to email four (4) pictures of themselves in their completed cosplay. These pictures have to be taken in landscape/horizontally, be high res and cannot be edited or photoshopped. If the any of the pictures are edited in any way you will be disqualified from the competition. We will need pictures of the front, left, right and back sides of your cosplay with you standing in a neutral pose. These need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by close of business (17h00) of the 11th September 2020. 

• If the contestants cosplay has props, we will require one (1) picture of their completed prop/s. This picture has to be taken in landscape/horizontally, be high res and cannot be edited or photoshopped. If the any of the pictures are edited in any way you will be disqualified from the competition. These need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by midnight of the 17th September 2020. 

• Each contestant will need to submit a 30 – 60sec video of themselves in the cosplay showing how it moves and any details that the cosplayer wishes to show off. This need to be shoot in 720 resolution or higher, it needs to be shoot in landscape/horizontally and cannot be edited. If the any of the video is edited in any way you will be disqualified from the competition. These need to be submitted to cosplay@ges-sa.com by midnight of the 17th September 2020. You can submit via drobox, WeTransfer, or Google Drive. 

• In the video the contestant may not add voice over or explain how they made the cosplay, they may not add effects to the video, they may not add music to the video and may not add their name, cosplay name or cosplay character’s name/series to the video. You may also not add any logos to the video. We need it to be a raw unedited video. If the contestant does not follow this, they may be disqualified. 

• Contestants have to submit a portfolio explaining how they made their cosplay (this excludes those who have entered under representation and skit). This portfolio can be no longer than ten (10) pages long (Masters contestants may go up to 50 pages). These need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by close of business (17h00) on the 11th September 2020. 

• Each contestant will need to supply and send through reference picture of the character they are cosplaying. You may submit this through the entry forms. 

 

The Judging Process 

 

The Championships of Cosplay will be held on Thursday, 24th September 2020 and Friday, 25th September 2020 at Comic Con Africa, hosted by Reed Exhibitions and Reedpop Online on various platforms such as Twitch, YouTube etc. The competition finals will take place on the virtual main stage on Sunday, 27th September 2020. 

 

All entrants need to register online with via Teams/Zoom (links will be provided vis email to the contestants) at least 1 (one) hour before their judging time slot. 

 

You can confirm your registration and receive your entry badge at this time. 

 

No entry/registrations will take place over the weekend, you must register online! 

No payments will be accepted on the day! 

 

All judging will be done online this year. Each contestant will need to have access to reliable internet, a mic, and headphones. Each contestant will receive a judging time one (1) week before the competition, as well as a link to a Teams/Zoom meeting. The contestant will then have to log onto the link at the time of their judging, where they will join in on a meeting with the judges as well as a representative from GES (the representative is only there if any technically errors occur and will not be communicating with the contestant nor judging the contestant). The judges will then go through the judging process with you via the meeting. After the contestants’ time slot is completed, they will log off of the meeting. 

 

Judging days will take place on the Thursday the 24th September 2020 from 10h00 to 18h00 and on the Friday the 25th September 2020 from 10h00 to 18h00. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marking Sheets: Solo Divisions 

 

Needlework Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Needlework Division. Those who have entered under Novice and Intermediate will use the sheet below. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Neatness 10 

Construction 10 

Fit 10 

Character Portrayal 10 

Overall 10 

Total 50 

Masters needlework will have a similar marking sheet except there will be a section for portfolio making the total out of 50 for Masters. 

 

Armour Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Armour Division. Those who have entered under Novice and Intermediate will use the sheet below. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Neatness 10 

Construction 10 

Finishes 10 

Character Portrayal 10 

Overall 10 

Total 50 

Masters armour will have a similar marking sheet except there will be a section for portfolio making the total out of 50 for masters. 

 

Construction Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Construction Division. Those who have entered under Novice, Intermediate and masters division will use the sheet below. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Neatness 10 

Construction 10 

Techniques 10 

Overall 10 

Total 40 

 

Representation Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Representation Division. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Presentation 10 

Character Portrayal 10 

Overall 10 

Total 30 

 

Group Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Group Division. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Neatness 10 

Construction 10 

Group Presentation 10 

Character Portrayal 10 

Overall 10 

Total 50 

 

Skit Division: 

Below is the marking sheet for the Skit Division. 

Judging Criteria Score 

Outfit/Cosplay 10 

Presentation 10 

Entertainment Value 10 

Character Portrayal 10 

Overall 10 

Total 50 

 

For a complete breakdown of what the judges will be looking at please refer to the marking booklet. 

 

Marks 

 

Your marks and judges’ feedback will be made available 1 (one) week after the Cosplay competition and will be available for you to receive at any point for up to 1 (one) year after the event. You can request your results by emailing which competition you would like your results for, your name and entry number to cosplay@ges-sa.com.  

 

Please note that we do not provide the judges’ names on the feedback and results and no contestant is allowed to contact the judges after the competition to dispute their results. All enquires/disputes will be handled by GES and you can email cosplay@ges-sa.com if you have any complaints or comments. 

 

Prizes 

 

Cosplay champion prizes as listed on page two (2). Please be aware that the cosplay champion will be representing Comic Con Africa at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in 2021. The winner will need to adhere to C2E2’s Cosplay rules and regulations. 

The Comic Con Africa Cosplay Champion will only be able to attend C2E2 in person if the C2E2 event will take place & there are no travel or health & safety restrictions in place by the South African government or the government of the United States of America. 

 

Prizes will be awarded for each division namely: Needlework, Armour and Masters as mentioned on page two (2). 

 

There are separate prizes for the Skit, Representation, and Masters Divisions. 

• Winners will be picked out of the various skill levels such as Novice and Intermediate for the Needlework and Armour Divisions. 

• Amy possible additional prizes have not as yet been confirmed and will be announced at a later date. 

• The Youth and Representation Divisions will receive the lower value in prizes. 

• If a group should win, one prize will be awarded, and it will be up to the group as to how to divide or share it among themselves. No additional prizes will be awarded to groups. 

• Cosplay champion is the total highest marks from Needlework and Armour Divisions (Novice and Intermediate contestants are considered for Cosplay champion) and Masters. Those who have entered Masters will have the portfolio marks removed from their total marks when considered for Cosplay champion. 

• If you place as the overall champion, you will not be eligible to win any of the other prizes. 

• Each entrant is only eligible to win one prize. 

We will also have the following certificate prizes: 

• Best Wig 

• Best Prop 

• Best Newcomer 

• Green Leaf (best use of recyclable materials on the Cosplay) 

• Most Creative Techniques 

• Judges’ Favourite 

 

Skits Virtual Stage Show 

 

Skits Submissions 

Please read below on how to submit your skit performance. 

• Each contestant will need to email four (4) pictures of themselves in their completed cosplay. These pictures have to be taken in landscape/horizontally, be high res and cannot be edited or photoshopped. If the any of the pictures are edited in any way you will be disqualified from the competition. We will need pictures of the front, left, right and back sides of your cosplay with you standing in a neutral pose. These need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by close of business on the 11th September 2020. 

• If the contestants cosplay has props, we will require one (1) picture of their completed 

prop/s. This picture has to be taken in landscape/horizontally, be high res and cannot be edited or photoshopped. If the any of the pictures are edited in any way you will be disqualified from the competition. These need to be emailed to cosplay@ges-sa.com by close of business on the 11th September 2020. 

• Each contestant will need to record their skits and send them through to GES. The skits will then be viewed by our judges. 

• Each contestant will need to submit their skit video of themselves performing their skit. This need to be shoot in 720 resolution or higher, it needs to be shoot in landscape/horizontally. The skit needs to be performed in one take and you cannot edit pieces of the video together. You may however add your music or voice overs onto the video to make sure you have clear sound for the judges. These need to be submitted to cosplay@ges-sa.com by close of business on the 11th September 2020. You can submit via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or Google Drive. 

• You may however not edit any special effects, cut the video, add their name, cosplay name or cosplay character’s name/series to the video. You may also not add any logos to the video.  

 

Finals 

 

We will communicate how this will work with each contestant via email once all the details and times have been finalised. 

 

Payment 

• If you would like to cancel your entry from the Cosplay competition at any point you will not receive a refund on your entry fee. 

• There is an entry fee of R80.00 to compete in the Comic Con Africa 2020 Championship of Cosplay. Should you wish to make a cash deposit the fee is R85.00 to cover bank charges. 

• You will need to pay for each division you enter. For example, if you enter Solo, 

Representation and Skit divisions you will need to pay for all three of them at once so your total will come to R240.00. 

• Each member of a group will need to pay an entry fee. This applies to those who have entered the Group Division or have entered Skit Division with a group. So, if the group is made up of 3 people you will need to pay R240.00 for the group. 

• You can pay via EFT payment directly into our account. Payment needs to be made no later than 17 September 2020 to give sufficient time for the deposit to clear. Please send the proof of payment to cosplay@ges-sa.com once payment has been made.  

• All payments must be done before Friday, 17 September 2020, if we have not received your payment or proof of payment by this date you will not be allowed to compete. 

• We accept cash deposits, but you must include the cash deposit fee mentioned above. 

 

Banking Details: 

Gaming Entertainment Solutions  

Nedbank,  

Greenstone branch Code: 102210 

Account Number: 1077626126 

Business Current Account  

Ref: CCA20 + Your Name 

Please email your proof of payment to cosplay@ges-sa.com 

 

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