Once again, Nexus will be hosting it’s annual Cosplay Competition, but this year it’s online!

How it works:

Essentially, the compitition will be conducted in a similar manner to ‘pre-judging’ in large events.

During the submission period, participants will be required to submit photos of themselves, in their cosplay, as well as answer some questions detailing their creative process.

The judges will use this information in order to come to their final decision, and the winners will be announced during the second day of the event!

Registration and Submission:

To register for the cosplay competition, check the confirmation email you received after registering for Nexus Online.

Look for this heading: ‘Activity Registration Forms’.

Open the competition link below that heading and complete the form to register for the competitions you’re interested in.

You’ll be sent a “Cosplay Submission Form” once the competition opens, at 0900, 1st of July (AEST).

You will use this form to submit the photos and information we need for judging.

IMPORTANT DATES!

Registrations

Registration will  OPEN at 0900, 1st of May (AEST).

Registration will  CLOSE at 1700, 31st of July (AEST).

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Submissions

Submissions will be OPEN from 0900, 1st of July (AEST).

Submissions will CLOSE at 01700, 1st of August (AEST).

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Cosplay Guidelines

The Nexus Con team and Blue Sky Community Services are committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for everyone. Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility form some of our core values, so please have a read through these guidelines to ensure that you help us put on an event that everyone can enjoy!

  • Nexus Con is a family-friendly event. Please be considerate of other attendees in regards to your costume choice. If your costume is deemed to be too revealing or offensive, you will be ineligible for the competition.
  • Costumes resembling law enforcement should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms (impersonating the police is illegal).
  • Costumes can be bought, modified or totally hand-made by you!
    However, please check the Award categories for any guidelines around this. (Example: Purchased costumes will not be eligible for Best Craftsmanship.)
  • Submitting someone else’s cosplay is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please respect the hard work of others!

Since this event is online, we’re trusting you to be safe in your own homes.
But seriously… don’t throw metal shuriken at people… that’s just silly!

Simple, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for Nexus Online
  2. Complete the 'Competition Registration Form”
         Check the confirmation email you received after registering for Nexus Online!
  3. Get crafting!

Be sure to submit this form before the deadline: 1700, 31st of July (AEST).

To register for the cosplay competition, check the confirmation email you received after registering for Nexus Online.

Look for this heading: 'Activity Registration Forms'.

Open the competition link below that heading and complete the form to register for the competitions you’re interested in.

You’ll be sent a “Cosplay Submission Form” once the competition opens, at 0900, 1st of July (AEST).

You will use this form to submit the photos and information we need for judging.

Registration will  OPEN at 0900, 1st of May (AEST).

Registration will  CLOSE at 1700, 31st of July (AEST).

Cosplay submissions will be OPEN from 0900, 1st of July (AEST).

Submissions will CLOSE at 01700, 1st of August (AEST).

Keep an eye on our website, social media, and the relevant event sessions for updates!

We have to be quite strict in our regulations, since we are expecting a lot of participants and we have a limited number of judges and manpower.

 

However, if you encounter difficult circumstances which hinder your registration or submission, get in touch with us. We will consider each request on a case by case basis, and will try to help you if we can!

If you registered for the competition, you will be sent a 'Cosplay Submission Form' at 0900, 1st of July (AEST), this will provide you with an opportunity to submit photos of, and information about your cosplay.

To compete, you must do the following:

  1. Read through the 'Cosplay Submission Form'.

  2. Captue pictures of you, in your cosplay, following the guidelines listed in the submission form.

  3. Answer all the required fields in the submission form.

  4. Upload your photos to the submission form.

  5. Submit the form before 1700, 1st of August (AEST)!

The images and information about your cosplay and your process will be used by our team of judges. It all helps to get a better idea of your work.

If you run into any trouble while submitting, please contact us ASAP so we can help you!

Once you’re done, keep an eye on the live streams, our website, and our social media for updates!

We’ll be announcing the winners on the second day of the event – Sunday, 9th of August.

The judges will be awarding 5 prizes in total:

  1. Best In Show – Awarded to the most memorable competitor! There’s no specific criteria for this award, so give it your all!
  2. Best Craftsmanship – Awarded to the competitor who has shown off their crafting skills. Whether you’re sewing, foam-smithing, or doing special effects make-up, we want to see how you’ve mastered your craft!
  3. Best Performance – Awarded to the competitor who best captures and displays their character. Facial expressions, poses, props and sets are all encouraged.
  4. Judge’s Choice – Awarded to the competitor the judges feel deserve special recognition.
  5. People’s Choice – Awarded to the competitor who receives the most votes from participants.

Check out our 'Cosplay Guidelines' to see what’s acceptable.

If you have worn your costume for any other competition at any convention and have won an award, you will not be eligible to win in this competition.

If you are unsure if your costume will be eligible, or you have more questions, get in touch with our team!

The short answer is ‘Yes’. Everyone is welcome to enter!

The long answer is that we want to reward the time and dedication put into crafting a costume, so purchased costumes will only be eligible to win the 'Best Performance'  and 'People’s Choice' categories.

We prefer it if you make your costume yourself, or if a bought costume has been significantly altered.

Since this event is online, and we don’t have to worry about people injuring each other, we’re trusting you to be safe in your own home!

 

Seriously though… don’t go swinging a steel sword around indoors or near other people… That’s just silly!

Then get in touch with us!

Prior to the event, you can send us your questions on social media, or through the contact form on our website.

During the event, we encourage you to use one of the relevant Discord Channels to contact the people who can help!
We’ll do our best to get back to you ASAP!

If you are unsure about any of these guidelines, or have any other questions in regards to the Cosplay Competition, check out the ‘Cosplay FAQs’. Still have questions? Then get in touch with us!

Prior to the event, you can reach us through our contact page, or through our social media.
During the event, we encourage you to reach out using a relevant Discord channel in the event Discord server.