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Craftsmanship judging regulations

World Cosplay Summit Championship
Craftsmanship judging regulations

This document outlines the World Cosplay Summit Championship's Craftsmanship judging regulations and procedures. It includes details about how the judging will take place, how the scores are given and who judges craftsmanship.


The WCS Championship is a competition that rewards both the ability to make costumes and perform on stage. There are two types of judges: celebrity judges, who mark the stage performances, and international judges, who mark the craftsmanship of the costume.
The celebrity judges each award 10 points for performance, 5 points for Faithfulness to story and characters, and 5 points for the costume impact on stage; 20 points in total. There are usually five celebrity judges, resulting in a total mark of 100 points.
The craftsmanship judges panel awards 100 points. This number is then multiplied by the number of celebrity judges, and then divided by 10 to make the score compatible with the marks of the celebrity judges. If there are five celebrity judges, this brings the total mark for craftsmanship to 50 points.

Craftsmanship Judges

The craftsmanship judges are international judges selected by the organiser of each participating country. The organisers can either appoint themselves as the judge for their country, or assign someone else from their country to do so. Contestants in the WCS Championship are not eligible to judge. Participation of judges from each country in the craftsmanship judging is not compulsory, but highly recommended.
Considering that there may be up to 30 international judges taking part in the craftsmanship judging, each judge will give a mark out of 100 to each competition entry (costumes from a single country), except for their own country, which they are not allowed to judge (and must leave the judging room during this period). Marks of each countries are then averaged (100 points from each countries' judges put together, then divided by the number of international judges), resulting in a final mark out of 100 for the costume. This mark is then adjusted to the number of celebrity judges, as explained earlier.
The costume mark is then added to the stage performance mark, resulting in a grand total mark.

Costume scores

The mark out of 100 given by the craftsmanship judges will be subdivided into the following subcategory:
(a) 40 points for accuracy of the costume,
(b) 40 points for the quality of the costume,
(c) 20 points for technique.
Accuracy is marked as a direct comparison of the costume with the original artwork. A costume that is identical to the original artwork should receive 40/40, and a costume that looks nothing like the original artwork will therefore receive 0/40.
Quality is marked based on several factors, including how well the costume is put together, how well it fits the contestant, how neat painting, sewing, etc. has been done.
Technique is marked as a way to reward skills. A costume that used a wide variety of difficult skills will be award high marks in this category than a costume that use few simple techniques. It is more about the quality of the technique than the quantity.


Before Craftsmanship judging, a roster is given to contestants and judges in order assign a time slot and an order to each team. Judges will be seated in a room awaiting the next contestants to be judged.
When the first team is rostered to be judged, they will proceed to the judging room in full costume and makeup, with any handheld props that are part of their costume. Stage props are not judged in the WCS Championship. Contestants are also required to bring a portfolio (or slide show on a tablet) showing progress photos of their costumes. Their country's judge will then exit the room for the duration of their judging, and will not return until the following team is called in.
The team is then given 10 minutes to give a presentation on their costumes, highlighting any parts that they want judges to take notice of, to promote the quality, accuracy and technique of their costumes. It is recommended to spend an even amount of time (5 minutes) on each contestant's costumes. Once the presentation is done, 5 minutes is given to judges to ask questions and come closer to inspect and touch costumes. When the 5 minutes are up, the contestants are thanked for their time and asked to leave the room with their costumes and props. Judges are then given 5 minutes to discuss amongst themselves and assign their mark. The next team is then called in the room, and the process is repeated until all teams have been judged.