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Cosplayers get your costumes ready cause we’re running a costume contest on Saturday March 23rd at the Ottawa Geek Market. It’s being held in the back of the Curling Rink at the Nepean Sportsplex!

At this competition contestants will be evaluated on the craftsmanship of their costumes without needing to go on stage. Contestants will participate in a scheduled 5 minute interview with our contest judges and then have a free professional photograph taken by Michelle Stewart Photography.  All photos will be posted to our Facebook page by Wednesday March 27th .

All contestants are encourage to embrace our event’s “Team Spirit” theme and show off their best group cosplays.


More information on prizing will be announced closer to the event.

Winners will be announced on site on Sunday March 24th, and on Facebook by Wednesday March 27th.

What costumes are eligible?

Our workmanship competition is a division-based amateur costuming competition for all geek-related costumes as well as costumes inspired by such works. This includes anime/manga, gaming, movies/TV shows, comics and more! It is an opportunity to see cosplayers show off their superb costumes, craftsmanship and creativity.

Please note that other than in the Junior Division,  purchased or rented costumes may not be entered in competition for awards.

How Do I Participate?

To participate in our workmanship competition, please:

  1. Read the competition rules (which can be found below).
  2. Fill out the Workmanship Competition Registration Form onsite at the workmanship booth.

Note: there are a limited number of spaces available in the competition, so it would be best to register as soon as possible.

  • All contestants must report to the workmanship booth 10 minutes BEFORE their scheduled time to register and fill out our photo release form.
  • All contestants must be ready for their scheduled time. Given how popular we expect the competition to be, we will not accept late registrations unless there is an available time slot to reschedule to.

What are the different costume levels we’ll be judging against?

We will be using a classification system known as the Standard Division System (as established by the International Costumers’ Guild Guidelines) to differentiate between different levels of costuming abilities.

Please note: These are guidelines. A contestant may compete in a Division higher than the one they are eligible to enter. Keep in mind that if the contestant wins in this higher Division, they must compete in that Division in future competitions. Judges and/or the Costume Contest Director may choose to suggest certain a Division for certain contestants if they deem the skill level of said contestants worthy.

Junior Division
(Also known as the Young Fan Division)

Any contestant less than 13 years of age at the time of this competition may compete in the Junior Division. The Junior Division is divided into two subdivisions:

  • Junior Self-Made: A Junior contestant who has largely or wholly constructed his/her own costume.
  • Junior Adult-Made: A Junior contestant whose costume has been largely or wholly constructed by an adult.

Novice Division
A contestant who has not won a major award at a masquerade/workmanship competition other than as a Junior costumer.

Journeyman Division
A contestant who has won fewer than three awards at masquerades/workmanship competitions while competing in the Journeyman Division.

Artisan Division
Any contestant who has won three awards in the Journeyman Division OR any contestant who wishes to enter this division, provided that they do not belong in a higher division in use in the competition.

Master Division
A contestant who has won three times in the Artisan Division, OR has won a Master award at a nationally recognized regional anime convention. Also, anyone who is a professional in a costume-related business must compete as a Master. For the purpose of this competition, a professional is defined as making 50% or more of their income in the costuming-related business.

Workmanship Contest Rules

  1. Use of open flame, fire, flash powder or flash paper is not allowed.
  2. No nudity. Your presentation must be PG.
  3. No real firearms, realistic copies, or projectile weapons are allowed. All weapons must follow the event’s Weapons Policy.
  4. Each contestant may compete with a different costume each day.
  5. We will not be accepting any group cosplays.
  6. Feel free to bring reference photos. If your costume is a recreation it will help our judges if you bring images of the design it’s based on.
  7. Failure to appear on time or to be ready when it is your turn may result in disqualification.
  8. Commissioned costumes are allowed if (and only if) the designer of the costume has filled out and signed the registration form. The designer must be present for the interview portion of the competition. Costumes bought online will NOT be accepted. Wigs and small accessories/jewellery are exempt of this rule.
  9. The decisions of the judges are final. The judges may choose to not give out a “Best in Show” or a “Best in Division” award, or any award in a division if they feel that none of the costumes entered are deserving of such award.

If you have any questions, please email Kudrel at or by contacting her via her Facebook page.

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