Firstly, Thank you to everyone that entered. There was an amazing response, especially towards the closing date. 66 pics in total. I was very impressed with the quality of the pics and I am glad that I wasn't judging.
Secondly, a big thank you to all the judges. They were marvellous. Some categories were harder to judge than others and a lot of thought went into picking the winners and honourable mentions.
Thirdly, a big thank you to EVERYONE that shared the competition. It was a phenominal effort and I'm sure the next photo comp will be even more successful.
There were nine judges and each judge had one category to judge. Judges could consult with other judges but no-one else knew who the winners were once each judge had made their choice. The 10th category was judged by all and was extremely close. If I had been a judge too we would have had two winners for that category.
The judging criteria was simple. Firstly no names were submitted with the pics to be judged. Secondly, if by chance a judge did know one of the entrants in their category they were to remain impartial. If they couldn't I would reassign categories. Thirdly, even if a judge was not familiar with a character they still had to judge fairly. Just because a judge doesn't know a series doesn't mean they couldn't appreciate the costume.
Costumes that were NOT original or were NOT made or commissioned were NOT to be discriminated against. A judge's personal taste weighed into their choice to a small degree but again it was NOT to be their only criteria to select a winner.
I wish I had more prizes available and could have had 2nd and 3rd place winners as well, but everyone will receive a participation certificate. To me this is not TRITE; it is a small gesture of appreciation for entering my competition.
And now on to the winners:
Female child (under 18 years):
WINNER: Baby Leia
Honourable Mention: Princess Pirate Sarah
Male child (under 18 years):
WINNER: Elwood Blues
Honourable Mention: The Flash
Adult Female (18 years and over):
Lulu Series: Final Fantasy X
Honourable Mention: Ritsuka Aoyagi (Artbook cover), from
Adult Male (18 years and over):
Honourable Mention: Beast
Honourable Mention: Spock
Group Cosplay (more than one person in the pic):
WINNER: Characters (L-R): Angelina Durless. Grell Suttcliff, Sebastian and Grel suttclifflle (with a chainsaw)
Honourable Mention: The Flash, The Flash and Brainiac
WINNER: Steam Punk Fairy
Honourable Mention: Medieval Princess (Own Character)
Honourable Mention: Vortex. An aquisitional program for a search engine.
Predominately Made Costumes (85% made and can include commissioned pieces):
WINNER: Lulu costume from Final Fantasy X
Honourable Mention: Lilith from Borderlands 2
WINNER: Mr Mistoffelees (black and white) from musical Cats
Honourable Mention: Aya from Mad Father
Photography - creative editing:
WINNER: Hatake Kakashi from Naruto
Honourable Mention: Holographic representation of ‘Slave Leia’
Cosplayers posing with WAHM Bags:
Honourable Mention: Ghostbusters.
Prizes will be mailed out within 4 weeks and participation certificates will also be emailed or mailed out within 4 weeks.