Cosplay Competition

All Cosplay Contest contestants must register their interest online before the event. We will not be accepting additional entrants during the convention itself.

Space in the contest is limited so all applications are subject to approval prior to the event. Completing the application form does not mean that your application has been approved. TFNation crew will approve applicants until all spaces have been filled.

Cosplay Gallery

Looking for ideas and inspiration? Then why not check out our Cosplay Gallery that showcases entries from previous events.

How to enter the Cosplay Contest

All applicants must hold a valid ticket to TFNation 2019 before being able to complete the application process.

Please purchase a ticket to TFNation 2019 before applying.

If you were the lead person on your booking then you will already have an account with us, so please log in in order to continue.

If you do not already have an account with us, please follow the instructions below.

Please enter your Ticket Reference Number into the box below.

If you were the lead person on your booking then you will already have an account with us, so please log in in order to continue.

Ticket Reference

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The reference number can be found on your ticket underneath the barcode and at the top on the right hand-side. For example: 'AB12IJFNSUUV 2'.

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Cosplay Competition Rules

The Cosplay Contest will be split into two categories: Mech and Human.

Mech Cosplay: Includes full and partial rig costumes, which replicate the appearance of robot characters from Transformers.

Human Cosplay: Includes human characters from Transformers, such as Verity Carlo and Spike Witwicky, holomatter designs such as those seen in the IDW comics, and humanised interpretations of Transformers robot characters.

Group Cosplay: Presently, we do not have a separate group competition. However, if you wish to go onstage as a group, please notify us using the additional information field on the form and tell us whether you would like to be judged individually or as a group. Please note that we will only have one physical prize per 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to award.

There will be two sets of first, second and third place winners – one set from the Mech category and one set from the Human category.

Entrants must supply us with up to three reference images of the character they will be portraying. Original characters and holoform/humanised designs may be entered into the competition, but must be supported by character designs/references for the judges reference.

The Cosplay Contest will have three segments: pre-judging, then the parade, followed by the announcement of placings and prizes by the judging panel.

Pre-judging is presently scheduled to take place at 5:00pm in the Kings Suite (Club Con), before the room opens to attendees at 6:00pm. Please note: these timings are subject to our final schedule of events and therefore may change - don't worry, we will make an announcement if necessary.

The judging panel will be chosen in advance by TFNation Ltd. The judges will choose the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy of design
  • Creativity of design (for humanised and original designs)
  • Craftsmanship
  • Execution
  • Performance

The costume you wear should be your own creation. If you wish to enter a costume that will be worn by someone other than its maker, please contact the TFNation Crew in advance.

We encourage the majority of your costume to be a handmade, original creation. Found or modified items and garments are also permitted. Some minor shop-purchased items (such as Optimus Prime helmets) may be allowed at the judges' discretion.

All weapons must be toys or handmade. No sharp weapons or replica weapons are permitted. No functioning projectile weapons, such as loaded Nerf guns or water pistols, are permitted.

TFNation reserves the right to inspect all props and weapons for safety. If an entrant declines to have their items inspected when asked, they will be required to leave the area.

We ask Cosplayers to consider members of the public, hotel staff, and other hotel guests when transporting weapons to and from the competition, and to not display weapons or props in a manner that may cause unnecessary alarm.

We would like to remind Cosplayers that there will be minors present in the hall for the competition, and ask you to keep your costume audience-appropriate.

Entrants under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian in the hall while they are competing.

TFNation Crew are not eligible to enter the competition. Crew members may still dress up should they wish, and may join the parade, but will be exempt from judging and ineligible for prizes. This applies to dedicated TFNation Crew only – TFNation volunteers are more than welcome to enter the competition.