SoonerCon Virtual Costume Contest

Contest Submission Deadline: Aug. 10, 2020

SoonerCon’s first-ever virtual costume contest offers all the excitement of our traditional contest from the safety and convenience of home!

Contest entry is free and open to anyone 13 and older and must be residents of Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, or Arkansas. Contest opens at 12 p.m. CT July 17 and closes at 11:59 p.m. CT Aug. 10, 2020. The contest is limited to 50 entrants.

Within each competitor class, prizes from our sponsors will be given for craftsmanship and presentation at each level as well as an overall Best in Show award. We’ll showcase all entrants and announce winners in a video posted to our Facebook page on Aug.15.

Please read the rules below and submit your entry to SoonerCon’s Virtual Costume Contest. Send questions to costuming@soonercon.com.

JUDGES

SPONSORS

CONTEST RULES

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Judges

Online Costume Contest

SPONSORS

Andromeda Cosplay

Costume Contest Process:

  • Read all of the rules carefully.
  • Entrants will self-sort into competitor class according to the class descriptions in our Costuming Contest Rules.
  • Contestants must submit entry materials via the registration link beginning July 17th 2020, 12 PM CT.
  • Submission close date is August 10th, 2020, at 11:59 PM CT, or when all available spaces are taken, whichever happens first.
  • Within each competitor class, awards will be given for craftsmanship and presentation. These awards will be announced during the premiere of the costuming contest video on August 15th, 2020, at 7:00 PM CT, to be released on our Facebook page. Winners will be contacted shortly thereafter to receive any applicable prizes. 

To be considered for the Best Craftsmanship, Best in Class, and Best in Show awards, contestants must submit a portfolio of progress photos. To be considered for the Best Runway, Best in Class, and Best in Show awards, a contestant must submit a video exhibiting their costume in motion. Creativity is encouraged, but video clips must not exceed 30 seconds in length and may not feature specific audio. SoonerCon will supply music to be played over each contestant’s video clip. See below for specifics.

General Rules
  • All costumes must adhere to SoonerCon’s regular dress code policies.
  • All entrants must be 13 years of age or older by the submission deadline of the virtual contest.
  • Entrants must be residents of Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, or Arkansas.
  • SoonerCon has the authority to eliminate anyone from the competition on the grounds of obscenity, harassing or dangerous behavior, contest rules violations, and Convention Policy violations.
  • No video or photos may be filmed illegally or without the consent of the person in the video. Entrants must have permission from their photographer or videographer before submitting their video and photos.
  • One entry per person is allowed. Contestants may not enter multiple times.
  • Since this is a contest under irregular circumstances, some of our policies have been relaxed. This means a contestant may also enter a costume for which they have previously won an award at a different competition.
  • Awards at the Virtual Contest do count as a category award, so costumes made for this contest will not be eligible to enter at SoonerCon 29 in 2021.
  • In an effort to promote social-distancing and avoid undue risk of exposure to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, entries must contain no more than two (2) participants. Exercise all appropriate safety precautions.
  • If the costume is being worn by a model and not the creator, the award will be given to the creator.
Awards

For each class, individual contestant entries are eligible for one of the following awards:

Best Craftsmanship

This award is given to a contestant whose entry exhibits exceptional skill in its construction.

Best Runway

This award is given to a contestant whose video presentation exceptionally enhances the interpretation or appreciation of the contestant’s costume.

Best in Class

This award is given to a contestant exhibiting exceptional skill in all areas of costuming within the expectations of the aforementioned class.

Across the entire competition, individual contestant entries will be awarded one of the following awards:

Best in Show

This award is given to a contestant who exhibits unparalleled excellence in all areas of costuming, across all competitor classes in the competition.

Submission materials for Craftsmanship and Runway Awards:

To be eligible for craftsmanship, contestants must submit a portfolio including the following elements:

  • One (1) character reference photo
  • At least three (3) progress photos or a PDF document of the entrant’s progress (like the binder that would be turned in to the judges in-person, but formatted digitally instead!)
  • At least two (2) full body complete high res photos of the contestant or a model in costume to be displayed in our online gallery.

To be considered for a runway award, contestants must also submit:

  • A video clip, preferably filmed horizontally, which must not exceed 30 seconds in length and need not feature specific audio. SoonerCon will supply music to be played over each contestant’s video clip.

In order to win Best in Class or Best in Show, contestants must include all elements required for both craftsmanship and runway awards.

Photo/Video Requirements
  • Please adhere to the photo/video eligibility requirements listed in the award descriptions.
  • Videos can be submitted as YouTube links, but downloadable files/links like Google drive are preferred. Please provide a link to the video when contacted by SoonerCon staff. Please make sure links work and proper permissions are given to SoonerCon staff to access videos.
  • SoonerCon staff will make every effort to produce the highest quality video possible from a contestant’s submission, but no guarantee is implied if the source video is not of sufficient resolution or quality.
  • Please take all photos and videos in clean, well-lit spaces, as these photos and videos will be put online for public consumption. Do not submit videos or photos that may accidentally contain personal information like a physical address (if taking photos in a yard, for instance) or copyrighted material displayed in the background. Photos should also be of sufficient quality for the judges to adequately assess a contestant’s work.
  • There is no particular requirement for the setting of photos or videos, but please keep social distancing and CDC guidelines in mind.
  • SoonerCon assumes no liability for any property damage or injury sustained during the production of a contestant’s photos or videos. Contestants produce these media at their own risk. 
  • Please do not submit heavily edited photographs. Such photographs make it impossible to adequately gauge the level of skill in craftsmanship for a contestant’s entry. Any contestants that violate this rule may be subject to disqualification. 
  • Entrants may add as many edits as they wish to video submissions. Entrants will still be judged on their ability to portray the character, but since there will not be a live audience or stage involved in the virtual competition, entrants can be creative with video editing.
  • All photos and videos submitted by entrants become the intellectual property of SoonerCon, The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, its legal representatives and assigns, its employees, and those acting with its permission. By registering for this contest, contestants agree that their photos and videos may be used by SoonerCon for promotional purposes without compensation and in perpetuity. SoonerCon agrees not to use the photos in any other manner besides promotion and not to sell the photos to any third party.   
  • Entrants must be prepared to answer the following questions in their entry form. Each question must be answered in 100 words or less:
    • What materials did you use to make your cosplay?
    • What elements of your cosplay did you make?
    • Is there anything else about your cosplay you’d like the judges to know?
    • What text would you like our MCs to read about your costume during the costume contest video?
    • Please note that the MC text may be edited for time and content.
Classes

All contestants will self-sort into a class level. This ensures that each participant is judged fairly among those in the same skill level.

  • Beginner: The Beginner division is to encourage those new to the hobby. You may not enter if you have ever received professional compensation for costuming (inclusive of, but not limited to subscription revenue-generating services like Patreon, paid professional modeling of cosplay, or other compensated appearances). Contestants may not routinely compete at the intermediate / Journeyman level in regional competition, or have accomplished any of the following in international competition: have won in a higher division, have won “Best-in-Show” or have won in the beginner division a number of awards to be determined by the Costume Chair. There is no guideline on the number of beginner division awards a person may win and continue to compete in this division. It is expected that 50% of the contestant’s costume has been made or modified by the contestant. The Masquerade Costume Contest will permit a maximum of fifteen (15) entrants into the Beginner category. This may change based on registration responses.
  • Intermediate: This is an interim division to allow further development of costuming skills. Contestants may not enter if they have accomplished any of the following in international competition: have won three times in an intermediate division, have won any award in a master category, or have won “Best in Show.” It is expected that 75% of the contestant’s costume has been made or modified by the contestant. The Masquerade Costume Contest will permit a maximum of fifteen (15) entrants into the Intermediate category. This may change based on registration responses.
  • Master: The master division is an open class. Anyone may enter. It is expected that 90% of the contestant’s costume has been made or modified by the contestant. The Masquerade Costume Contest will permit a maximum of ten (10) entrants into the Master category. This may change based on registration responses.
    Please note the cosplay contest team reserves the right to move you to an appropriate class at any time without prior warning in the interest of the integrity of the contest. 
  • Exhibition: The exhibition category is for those who want to show off their cosplay, but are not interested in competing or being judged. Please submit a video, not to exceed 10 seconds in length, for exhibition in the virtual contest. The Masquerade Costume Contest will permit a maximum of ten (10) entrants into the exhibition category. Exhibition is not eligible for awards, and is only a category for showcasing a look.

Contestants agree to abide by the rules of competition set forth by SoonerCon, The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, its legal representatives and assigns, its employees, and those acting with its permission, as defined in the rules posted at www.soonercon.com. Contestants understand that they participate as a volunteer in this contest. Contestants release SoonerCon, The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, its officers, employees and agents, from any and all claims of harm and liability as a result of their failure to observe all stated rules and regulations stipulated herein. 

 If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email costuming@soonercon.com.