Hobcon 2012 :Automecha Cosplay Competition


When: August 11 , 2012



1. Entries must comprise Cosplay Costumes from any Japanese Intellectual Property (Anime, Tokusatsu (Metal Hero), Video Games, Movies or Comic Books) only. Characters not based on Japanese anime or manga will not be accepted. Original or Fan-based (Dōjinshi) characters will be immediately disqualified.

2. This contest is open to all, however participants below 18 must be registered by a guardian. Contestants are allowed to participate in only ON Category of the Competition.

3. Cosplay costumes that have won in the past HOBCON Events are ineligible for joining the competition. Minor changes of Costumes such as color, weapons, etc. does not qualify as a new costume and will therefore be disqualified.

4. Participants can download registration form or may register on the day of the event at the designated registration area. Cosplayers under eighteen (18) years old must have their parent/s and/or legal guardian/s sign the waiver/image release form which will be distributed at the event.

5. Upon registration, contestants shall be requested to provide the following:

A. Fully Filled out official registration form;

B. Signed image release, quitclaim and waiver

C. A full-body reference photo of the characters that will be portrayed (2 COPIES). This reference photo must be at least 4 inches by 6 inches and must be provided in color and must be in printed form. The reference photo must be of the original character, not the contestant dressed in costume.

D. A CD soundtrack to be played during the performance. (for group cosplayers)


Participants with incomplete requirements will not be allowed to be part of the contest.

  • The cosplay registration will be both on-site/at-con registration and online pre-registration. The on-site/at-con registration will be on July 7, 2012. Cosplayers should register through email; for pre-registrants they are required to confirm their pre-registrations on-site during the cosplayer registration period. Pre-registrants who fail to confirm their registration from 10am-1pm on July 7, 2012, the organizers has the right to forfeit their pre-registered slots and will be given to the on-site Individual Cosplay registrants.
  • Once you have registered online you will receive an email confirming your entry. You must present yourself in the cosplay holding area before 12:00pm to confirm your entry. If you do not, you will not be allowed to enter the competition. If performing a pre-recorded skit you must present the skit music to the Cosplay Registration Desk before 12:00pm. Skit music will not be accepted after this time.
  • 6. HOBCON is all rated PG-13. Please do not use material that exceeds this rating. Nudity is not allowed in skits or in the Cosplay Competition altogether.
  • 7.  Costumes that are too revealing (ie. exposes private parts) are prohibited. HOBCON recommends shorts for very short skirts. If your costume is considered too revealing, you will not be allowed to enter the competition or the convention.
  • 8. Scantly clad and/or sexy costumes are allowed but are not encouraged. The HOBCON Organizers OR ACE PProductions TEAM has the right to disqualify any participant on this ground.
  • 9. Anything that may injure other cosplayers, staff or anyone else attending HOBCON is not allowed. This includes anything not allowed according to our weapons policy or anything at the discretion of the HOBCON Staff that they believe may cause harm.

10. Cosplayers shall be held responsible for their props at all times. Any sharp and/or metal and pyrotechnic costume props are not allowed. Messy props that can cause damage to the stage or surrounding area or that takes a long time to clean up is likewise disallowed. Cosplayers shall be liable for any damage or injury resulting from mishandling and/or negligence of a contestant in his/her use of props/materials throughout the duration of the event.

11. Skits involving Fanservice (ie. yaoi, yuri, etc.) is allowed but should be “General Patronage” however, extreme fan service (kissing, PDA and the like) and lewd, messy or obscene costumes that are deemed inappropriate for minors will be immediately disqualified. Keep in mind that it is a wholesome event.

12. Individual Participants will be given a maximum of 1 minute each to act out the character though the Cosplay walk.

For Group Participants, the maximum time for stage performance is five (5) minutes. Contestants who will have special requirements for their skit are advised to inform the organizers regarding their set-up during registration. Otherwise, the contestants will be provided default background music.

13. Criteria for Judging :

Performance (25%): Portrayal of Character, Execution of Skit, creativity in action scenes, choreography and adherence to time limit;

Craftsmanship (30%): Costume accuracy, Quality and Creativity of costume Construction, costume difficulty, innovativeness in use of materials.

Accuracy of Character (30%): Actual costume characterization must be a replica of the original character.

Overall Impact (15%): Stance, Pose, Appeal and total presentation of the character.

14. The Judges’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

15.  All Contestants must be present in the Cosplay Holding Area in full costume at exactly 1pm on July 7, 2010. Finalists must be ready to have their costumes assessed by judges and answer any questions they might have.

16. Registration on July 7, 2012 will start at 10:00 am and will be closed at 12:30 pm.

17. HOBCON Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any cosplayer who ignores and/or violates any of the aforementioned guidelines.

18.  Prizes:

Group Cosplayers – Php 8,000 and Gift PackIndividual

Male Cosplayer – Php 5,000 and Gift Pack

Individual Female Cosplayer – Php 5,000 and Gift Pack

Best Kiddo Cosplayer – Gift Check plus trophy

*Prizes may be subject to change.

 19. Relatives of HOBCON organizers, marshals, volunteers, suppliers and company partners up to the 3rd degree of consanguinity or affinity are prohibited from joining this contest.

20. Registration and participation to the Contest constitutes that the cosplayer gives the right and the authority to HOBCON organizers/staff, its sponsors and authorized press media to take pictures and/or videos of registered cosplayers, cosplay groups and its members and will be the sole property of the organizers/staff, its sponsors and authorized press media to be used for future publications and/or advertising promotions.

Guidelines is subject to change without prior notice

Individual Cosplay Guidelines

Registration Fee: Php 150 per participant

  1. There will be no entry limit for the Individual Cosplay event. There is a deadline for the registration and anyone who registers before the deadline is included to the official list of Individual Cosplay participants.
  2. Individual Cosplay participants are only allowed to have a maximum of two (2) human props.
  3. Individual Cosplay participants will be given name tags that must be worn at the event venue at all times.
  4.  Individual Cosplay participants are not qualified to join the Group Cosplay event even as a cameo role or as a prop.
  5. For pre-registration; email the following information to hobconcebu@gmail.com

1 Your full name:

2 Name you wish to be announced as:

3 Birthdate /Age

4 Contact details: (phone # and email)

Group Cosplay Guidelines

Registration Fee: Php 100 per participant

  1. A cosplay group must strictly consist of at least five (5) and a maximum of ten (10) members per group. Any group that lacks/exceeds to the set number of participants will be disqualified. Human props and the Cosplay Group’s Technical Director are included in the member count.
  2. A cosplay group member is only allowed to join in one cosplay group.
  3. A member of a particular cosplay group is not qualified to join the Individual cosplay event.
  4. All cosplay groups are required to have a cosplay skit. Each cosplay group will be given a Maximum of 5 minutes of stage time to do their skits.
  5. All BGMs that will be used for the cosplay skit must be in audio format (.CDA) or in MP3 format and must be within the limit of their cosplay skit. Audio CDs must be properly labeled and submitted at the event itself upon registration. A cosplay group is required to have a technical director who will assist the HOBCON technical team in the usage of their CDs.
  6. For pre-registration; email the following information to hobconcebu@gmail.com

1 Your Group name:

2 Members of the group

3 Birthdate /Age

4 Contact details: (phone # and email)


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