The Cosplay Alley at AWA

Need a quick repair? Want to take a minute away from all the cameras and fan-humans who’ve been adoring you all day? Have interest in seeing some of the best award-winning cosplays from all across the US?

If you answered yes to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t), make sure to stop by The Cosplay Alley, a unique cosplay offering for all your cosplay needs and wants.

Cosplay Repair

Ripped seam? Missing button? Prop broke? Visit the repair station in cosplay alley! Hot glue guns, sewing needles, duct tape, and an assortment of tools to help get you and your costume back out there to enjoy the con!

Lounge

Looking for a quiet place away from the con? Need a dressing room to get in/out of that big armor set? Step into our new quiet, lounge space. Blocked away from photographers as a place to chillax and recoup. We also have a dressing room for those who need larger space to change than the bathrooms!

Gallery

If you are looking for cosplay inspiration then step no further than the front doors of cosplay alley to see this year’s Cosplay Gallery. This museum features the talents of several known cosplayers. Make sure to attend the Cosplay Gallery Q&A during the convention to learn more from these experts!

AWA’s Costume Contest

Do you want to compete with the best of the best costumers at AWA? Enter our Cosplay Contest! For an idea of what you’ll need to be qualified please see below. Rules may be subject to change.

The AWA Costume Contest is held Saturday night. Contestants are pre-judged before the show on craftsmanship by a panel of judges. Our costume contest is intended for attendees who have made 75% of their own costume. Those who do not want to be judged, may enter the contest as a walk-on exhibition.

Youth

Best in Youth Trophy
&
$50.00

Novice

Best in Novice Trophy
&
$100.00

Journeyman

Best in Journeyman Trophy
&
$150.00

Master

Best in Masters Trophy
&
$400.00

Stuff you should know

On-site registration for the cosplay contest will be at Williams Ballroom “G” in the Cobb Galleria Center on Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm OR until all slots are filled. Registration for a judging time slot is first come, first served. Entry slots are limited.

This year, we are providing an online entry form to help speed up the cosplay registration process at the convention.
Filling out this form does NOT guarantee a judging spot, but it does mean you don’t have to fill out a form in full cosplay wearing your wrist gauntlets that aren’t so bendy.
On the online form, you will submit your email address, legal name, the name of the character you are entering, and a reference image.

Contestants must register for a judging time slot in person at the convention. On Friday, November 1st, contestants will have the option to sign up for a judging timeslot on Friday OR one of a limited amount of morning timeslots on Saturday. Once those limited timeslots are filled, contestants must choose one of the remaining Friday judging time slots or wait until Saturday morning, to register for any remaining timeslots for that day.
Please remember, that spots are limited. We want to showcase and see everyone but, we must limit spots. If you have any questions, please feel free to email cosplay@awa-con.com.
The AWA Costume Contest is held Saturday night. Contestants are pre-judged before the show on craftsmanship by a panel of judges. Our costume contest is intended for attendees who have made 75% of their own costume. Those who do not want to be judged, may enter the contest as a walk-on exhibition.

General Rules

  • Costume judging is not open to the public. Only participants, handlers, and parents of those in the Youth category may be present.
  • Children 15 years of age and under will be judged separately in the Youth category. Parents are required to accompany entrants in the Youth division.
  • All contestants must have a current membership to Anime Weekend Atlanta.
  • All awards presented are at the judges’ discretion.
  • Registration is open on Friday and Saturday morning UNTIL all judged time slots are filled.
  • Judging will be held on Friday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Reference Images

  • Reference images will not be returned, so please don’t give us anything you want to keep.
  • Hand-drawn reference images are only allowed for Original Design entrants.
  • Fan art, however beautiful, is not an acceptable reference image.
  • Reference images need to be in color.
  • Reference images will be accepted online through our pre-registration website
  • Registration forms will be available during the convention for those who do not pre-register

Professional Cosplayers

The AWA Costume Contest encourages costumers of all skill levels to enter. Keeping this in mind, we will require any professional costumers who enter our contest to enter either the Masters category or the Exhibition category in recognition of your hard work for the whole convention to see.
A professional costumer is anyone who receives a significant portion of their income from costume design, construction, or sales

Additional Info

  • If you are part of a group, only pre-register ONE TIME on the AWA website.
  • You must attend the judging session and Contest Presentation in the costume you’re entering.
  • Any personal items you bring to the Contest Presentation will go with you on stage. AWA volunteers do not hold personal belongings
  • Judging is done by appointment ONLY. You will get your appointment time when you register on-site
  • If any contestant becomes unruly and disrupts or interferes with the Costume Contest at any time, they will be disqualified and asked to leave. If they continue to be disruptive, their convention badge and membership will be revoked and security will escort them from the premises.
  • Skits will not be accepted into the Costume Contest.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Competing in multiple groups is not allowed.

Official AWA Photoshoot Schedule

Thank you for your interest in the AWA Official Photoshoot schedule of 2019! Whatever anime, manga, video game, or series you geek over, we want YOU meet and greet fellow fans with your own photoshoot! The 2019 photoshoot application is now closed. Please check back for the 2020 application, or check below for the link to the 2019 schedule.

For Photoshoot Organizers

  • AWA does NOT provide photographers for Official Photoshoots. It is up to the captain to find a photographer.
  • All team captains, MUST create a public Facebook group OR event for their photoshoot prior to their submission and provide the link to the group in their application.
  • All team captains, MUST purchase their own membership to AWA 2019.
  • Once we have approved your application, we will contact you and update the schedule
  • We ask that all captains who have submitted a panel for AWA, please list the name of the panel so our department can assist in ensuring that your panel will not be scheduled during your photoshoot.

Scheduling Info

  • Sign-up is on a “first come, first served” basis. If you want a specific time or location, please sign up early.
  • We will schedule one shoot per fandom per day.
  • Photoshoots are set for 1 hour by default. You may request longer (up to 2 hours) or shorter as needed.
  • All captains may choose to change their set time/location for their photoshoot once by DATE.

The last day to request a photoshoot is Friday, July 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm.