Perth’s Animation + Gaming Expo
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Cosplaying at Pixel Expo

One of Pixel Expo’s main goals is to raise the profile of the local talent here in Western Australia. 

The Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship is one of our showcase events that will celebrate the talent, diversity and skills of the Western Australian cosplay community. The whole Pixel Expo team is passionate about cosplay and have selected the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre as our venue to ensure we have the best stage in WA to showcase our local cosplay talent.

We encourage all cosplayers, whether you are a first-time cosplayer or seasoned veteran to enter our competition. We encourage group cosplayers to enter with skits from their favourite animation or game, large idol groups to perform their favourite piece and those wanting to ride solo show off their most impressive creations. The Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship is about bringing together fans from all over WA to compete for fun and for glory to show how you can bring your favourite characters to life on the best stage around. We have a number of categories to support all talent in Perth and encourage the emerging talent here in WA.

Pixel Expo Cosplay Rules
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Pixel Cosplay Parade

Pixel Cosplay Parade is intended for all ages who would like the experience of participating in a casual competition. This event is intended as a “walk-on, walk-off” style competition. The participants will not be interviewed on stage and will not have the opportunity to perform on stage. Participants are not required to create their own cosplays themselves (ie. purchased or commissioned cosplays are permitted). Any willing participants will need to sign-up to join the Pixel Cosplay Parade on the day of the event. Participant spots will be limited and will be treated on a first come, first served basis.

  • Pixel Cosplay Parade is intended for all ages who would like the experience of participating in a casual competition. We strongly encourage cosplayers ages 12 or below to join in and get some experience before they are eligible to enter the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship.
  • This event is intended as a “walk-on, walk-off” style competition. The participants will not be interviewed on stage and will not have the opportunity to perform on stage. Participants will be asked to walk to the centre of the stage, pose for photos, and then will leave the stage and return to the audience. Entrants must also adhere to the “On Stage Conduct” rules.
  • Participants are not required to create their own cosplays themselves. ie. purchased or commissioned cosplays are permitted.
  • Applications to join the Pixel Cosplay Parade will be in-person on the day of the event. Participant spots will be limited and will be treated on a first come, first served basis. Please see the Cosplay Team at the Pixel Expo booth to apply.
  • As with any attendee at Pixel Expo, entrants to the Pixel Cosplay Parade must adhere to the Code of Conduct and all Non-competition Cosplay rules and guidelines.

Award Categories and Judging Standards:

Participants of the Pixel Cosplay Parade may be eligible for a prize. This cosplay event is intended to be casual and fun in nature. Entrants will be judged primarily on the following:

  1. Accuracy of the costume to the source material.
  2. Your onstage presence; how you portray the character on stage.

Please respect the judges’ decisions as they are final and the competition is intended to be fun. There will be no feedback provided about any entry prior or during or after the competition. Feedback may be given post-competition at the judge’s discretion. Please also be aware that awards may not be given if there is no winner chosen in a particular category.

Cosplay Source Material

Pixel Expo is a Animation and Gaming convention; so the competition is open to any competitor with a costume whose original sources are from Animation and Gaming. Sources of cosplay should be in the spirit of Animation and Gaming. This includes but not limited to; video games, board games, card games, Western animations and cartoons, Japanese anime and manga, Disney animations, Korean manhwa and webtoons, Chinese donghua and like. 

  1. Cosplaying from print media such as Comics and Manga are permitted as they are in the spirit of Animation and often these sources will have animation counterparts. 
  1. Fan Art versions are applicable for entry, within reason. Cosplayers are encouraged to recreate an existing character or concept which has basis in Animation and Gaming. If you wish to cosplay from a Fan Art version, (i.e. alternative sources or designs of a pre-existing character), you must seek prior approval from the Cosplay Team via email cosplay@pixelexpo.org.au before submitting your application. You may additionally need to gain permission from the artist to use their work.
  1. Gijinka are an exception to a Fan Art version and are permitted to enter the competition. However, you must contact the Cosplay Coordinators and provide not only the official/original art of the character source you wish to interpret, but also explain how your design represents the original character. If the coordinator is satisfied your interpretation represents the original source adequately, your entry will be permitted. Please note that not all Gijinka will be considered suitable.
  1. Costume entries which do not have an original source that is from an Animation and Gaming background are not permitted. J-fashion in general isn’t appropriate as it isn’t cosplay, but a cosplay of (for example) D.Va’s catgirl skin would be allowed as it’s a cosplay of a specific character in a j-fashion-inspired outfit. In general, if it is a costume of a character or inspired outfit of a character that can be referenced to the original source (that is originally from animation and gaming), it is suitable.
  1. If you are unsure if you cosplay idea is suitable, or is not listed above, please contact the Cosplay Team to discuss via email cosplay@pixelexpo.org.au
Registration

To enter the competition, you must register via the Pixel Expo website before the cut-off date. Any entries received after the cut-off date or after the competition has filled up will not be entered into the competition. The Pixel Expo website will not be updated with available places in the Cosplay Competition. Please follow Pixel Expo on our social media platforms for further updates.

  1. Entries will be categorised by the number of members listed on the registration form. All members of the entry must be registered with this registration. Please see Awards and Judging below for additional information.
  1. Entries may be one of the following categories:
  • Solo - 1 participant
  • Duo - 2 participants
  • Groups - 3 to 10 participants
  1. You must provide a minimum of 2 reference pictures of each character from the original source in your application. Duo and Group entries should include an additional picture showing all members together. Please try and ensure that submitted images are of a reasonable size and resolution as that they can be used by the Cosplay Team for judging and displaying on screen to the audience.  File formats accepted: .jpg/ .jpeg/ .gif/ .png. 
  1. You may provide background music for your entries “walk-on” prior to the on-stage interview. If you are providing audio, you must submit it upon approval of your application and no later than 1 week prior to the competition, i.e. by Friday, 26 August 2022. No music or skit can be submitted on the day of the event. MP3 audio files only are accepted, and should be approximately 30-60 seconds to be “faded out” prior to your stage interview. See below for further information regarding performances on stage.
  1. The majority or entirety of any costume entered in the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship must be made by the entrant. This means a minimum of 75% of any outfit worn by an entrant must have been made or altered by any member within the same group entry. Minor accessories, basic clothing elements, and standard off-the-shelf components can be purchased or sourced from third parties. Any elements that have been bought or sourced from third parties must be mentioned on the entry form. If you are unsure about anything, please contact the Cosplay Team.
  1. Competitors entering the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship may not enter a costume that has won any other competition previously.
  1. You will receive confirmation that your entry has been accepted by 30 July 2022. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Cosplay Team via email at cosplay@pixelexpo.org.au. The Pixel Expo Cosplay Championships are pre-registration only. We are not accepting new entries on the day.

Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship applications will open on 29 June!

Day of the event

On the day of the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship (3 September 2022); ALL members of your group must have signed in ninety (90) minutes before the Cosplay event. If you do not sign in prior to this time, in costume, you will be removed from the competition and thus unable to appear on stage. We strongly advise you to check in as soon as you arrive at Pixel Expo. Sign in location will be at the Pixel Expo booth, or another suitable location as advised by the Cosplay Team prior to the event.

  1. You will be checked by Pixel Expo and venue staff prior to entering the venue. If they deem that your costume does not adhere to the Code of Conduct, you will not be permitted entry to the venue and thus cannot check in and will be disqualified. The code of conduct can be found on the Pixel Expo website. The Cosplay Team can not make exceptions to venue rules.
  1. All members of your entry must be present to sign in and you cannot have someone else sign you in. When you sign in, you must be wearing your costume. This will allow the Cosplay Team to check your costumes are acceptable under the Cosplay Rules and the Pixel Expo Code of Conduct. No late check-ins will be accepted.
  1. You will be given an entry number and a time to return for marshalling. If you are late for marshalling, you will be removed from the competition run-sheet. 
  1. Pre-judging will take place for all entrants as you are marshalled for the competition. This will allow the judges to look at your cosplay closely, and an opportunity for the entrants to discuss the cosplay creation in detail.
On Stage Conduct
  1. Once cued, Cosplay entrants should walk to the indicated position towards the front of the stage and strike a pose (or three!) for the audience to snap some photos. Entrants should hold each of their poses for at least 5 seconds, before moving into an interview with the MC(s). All participants from your entry must be present on stage for this portion of the competition.
  1. You are not allowed to interact with the stage staff and/or MC(s) in any way unless invited to do so. Do not swear, threaten, touch, abuse or heckle any backstage, venue, or stage staff or any audience members. In the spirit of friendly competition, do not at any time insult, heckle or abuse other competitors. 
  1. Please do not interfere with any other acts in any way. After you have left the stage, you are not permitted to re-enter it for any reason. If you have any additional props on stage, please remove them as you leave. If you might require any additional assistance (bulky props, difficulty carrying etc), ask the Cosplay Team in advance and seek permission to bring additional stage hands (ninjas).
  1. Please do not mess up the stage. No liquids, sticky substances, explosives, anything incendiary/flammable or anything that could damage the stage. If you do not leave the stage in the exact same condition as you entered it, you will be disqualified. Costs associated with any damage incurred will be passed on from the Venue to Pixel Expo. We don’t want that.
  1. At no time is any adult content to be a part of your stage presence. All performances regardless of content or style should be appropriate for all ages. I.e., ensure that your performance is PG rated in content. This means and is not limited to; sexual content (implied or otherwise), kissing, obscene gestures, offensive language (swearing verbally or physically) or anything else that is deemed for adult viewing. Violation of this rule may result in a disqualification from the competition and potentially be asked to vacate the stage. 
Performances

You may do a performance on stage to accompany your cosplay competition entry. Performances will be judged separately and in addition to your Cosplay.

Performances can include, but not limited to; skits, dances, singing, idol performances or in-character actions. For the purpose of this competition, performances will refer to any pre-planned or organised actions on stage. 

  1. Skits refer to pre-planned scenes based on in-character interactions. Some examples may include; dramatisations of in-character actions, re-creations of scenes from the source material, or re-imaginations of characters in original situations for dramatic or comedic purposes. All skits must have pre recorded dialogue. Microphones will not be available on the day for impromptu skits.
  1. In-character dance and/or singing performances (to music) are also encouraged. Please ensure you provide us with background music with your application. If you wish to sing live on stage, we must be informed prior to the event. Please note that we cannot guarantee there will be available live audio equipment (e.g. Microphones) available on the day. Pre-recorded music including singing is recommended.  
  1. All performances have a strict maximum time limit. Please note that this is a maximum performance length, shorter performances are equally encouraged. You will have a maximum of 3 minutes for solo and duo entrants and a maximum 5 minutes for groups. 
  1. At no time is any adult content to be a part of your stage presence. All performances regardless of content or style should be appropriate for all ages. I.e., ensure that your performance is PG rated in content. This means and is not limited to; sexual content (implied or otherwise), kissing, obscene gestures, offensive language (swearing verbally or physically) or anything else that is deemed for adult viewing. Violation of this rule may result in a disqualification from the competition and potentially be asked to vacate the stage. 
  1. If you are performing, please give a brief rundown of your intended performance on your registration form. Any performance that is deemed too dangerous or inappropriate will not be accepted. If you require assistance, please let us know beforehand. We will do our best to accommodate your requests but such requests will be limited based on our available time and resources.
  1. Performance audio or video files should ensure they adhere to the performance time limits and must be submitted between approval of your application and no later than 1 week prior to the competition (i.e. by Friday, 26 August 2022). No music or skit can be submitted on the day of the event. Again, we strongly encourage all performance dialogue to be pre recorded as part of these files.
  • Backing audio should be recorded as an MP3 audio file.
  • Video should be .mpg/.mp4/.avi/.wmv files encoded with H.264/x264 video codecs and AAC audio codecs. A maximum resolution of 1080p (1280x720) and a size limit of 200MB please.
  1. If you are unsure about how best to create a skit or performance, we would love to help you! We greatly encourage performances in the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship. If you would like advice on how best to arrange your performance, please email the Cosplay Team at cosplay@pixelexpo.org.au

Props and Weapons policy

Cosplays are often accompanied by an in-character prop. A prop can enhance your cosplay considerably, however please note the following restrictions and regulations. 

  1. Pixel Expo intends to ensure that the event is a safe environment for all who attend. A strict weapons policy will be enforced by Pixel Expo and the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre staff. As such, certain props will not be allowed. This includes but is not limited to: replica guns, blades and anything sharp or with an edge, and any form of metal weapons. Check with us before the competition if you are unsure.
  1. Hand-held props are restricted to 1.5 metres in length. Bulky, wearable props such as wings or armour suits can exceed this limit to a reasonable amount, but please consider other patrons and attendees. Venue and Pixel staff may request cosplayers to remove parts of a cosplay when walking around the convention floor, or restrict access to certain parts of the venue.
  1. You may be asked to leave your prop with Pixel Expo staff before entering the convention floor. If you do not surrender a prop when asked, you may be asked to leave the premises (and therefore will be unable to compete in the competition) 

Additional Rules
  • Ignorance of the rules is no basis for exemption. Please read these rules thoroughly before submitting your entry. Cosplays which are deemed unacceptable, are in violation of the above rules, or against the Pixel Expo Code of Conduct may be turned away on the day. If in doubt, contact cosplay@pixelexpo.org.au prior to the event.
  • By entering the competition, you acknowledge and accept that you will be photographed and filmed. This material may be used by Pixel Expo in the future.

Awards and Judging

Participants of the Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship may be eligible for a prize. This competition is where cosplayers can showcase their crafting, sewing and performance skills.

Entrants will be judged primarily on the following:

  1. Accuracy of the costume to the 2 pictures supplied.
  1. Quality of the costume such as materials used and finish of the costume.
  1. Your onstage presence. 
  1. If you are performing, the quality of your performance.

The Pixel Expo Cosplay Championship has the following award categories. 

  1. The Pixel Cosplay Champion (best individual entrant, overall champion)
  1. Best Cosplay Duo (2 entrants)
  1. Best Cosplay Group (3 - 10 entrants)
  1. Best Performance 
  1. Artistry Award (artisanship award for sewing work or material mastery) 
  1. Armorsmith Award (artisanship award for armour creation, prop creation, or foam material mastery)
  1. Judge’s Encouragement Award 

Please respect the judges’ decisions as they are final and the competition is intended to be fun. There will be no feedback provided about any entry prior or during or after the competition. Feedback may be given post-competition at the judge’s discretion. Please also be aware that awards may not be given if there is no winner chosen in a particular category.

Rule Updates

V1 (05-06-2022): Released to Pixel Expo community.

V2 (28/06/2022): Edit to Fan Art ruling

V3 (01/07/2022): Changes to Cosplay Source Material subclause 1.d