No Ohayocon would be complete without the Ohayocon Cosplay Expo and for 2021 we are going virtual! Attendees will be entertained by talented cosplayers as they put on reenactments of memorable scenes from series or movies, perform song or dance routines from various pop culture sources, and show off their costumes on stage in a cosplay fashion show.

Unfortunately due to the virtual environment there is only 1 contest to compete in and that is the Performance Contest (Skit & Musical-Act). However, we are still including our talented craftsmanship community in the Craftsmanship Exhibition!

Whether you want to appreciate amazing cosplays or compete yourself, the Ohayocon Virtual Cosplay Expo is not an event to be missed!


Virtual Craftsmanship Exhibition

Submit a Craftsmanship Exhibition to be shared during the Ohayocon 2021 Virtual Cosplay Expo. We will take video submissions of participants in cosplay and piece them together for attendees to see. Show off your hard work and skill by registering today!

Character Cosplay

Participants will enter with cosplays of established characters or designs from literature, shows, movies, music, or games.

Original Design

Have an original character that is inspired by a theme or series or an un-official reimagined concept of an established character in pop culture? Original Design is the category for you!

Lindsay Mascot

You’ve had your chance to see Lindsay Howard, Ohayocon’s cute nurse mascot. Now we want you to be Lindsay! Dress up as Nurse Lindsay for your craftsmanship exhibition!

The Virtual Craftsmanship Exhibition will follow the Clothing and Costume Policies in addition to the following:

  • Limit ONE entry per person.
  • Registration will be open until December 31st 2020 and closed New Year’s Day.
  • Entries must submitted in a video format for playback during the Virtual Cosplay Expo and should be no longer than 10 seconds in duration.
  • Video submissions must be in an MP4 format.

Register for the Craftsmanship Exhibition!

Virtual Performance Contest

Act out a compelling skit or entertain with a musical exhibition in the Performance Competition. Give viewers a show to remember as you compete for 2021’s Best in Division or Best in Show Performance.

Performances will be judged BEFORE to the Expo.


These Performances focus primarily on telling a story and are not predominantly music based. Entries are judged on theatrical performance (blocking, movement, delivery of lines, and narrative). Skits can be a retelling of a popular scene or an abridged/reduced reproduction of its original source material.


These Performances are more than 75% based on some form of musical element and have minimum amount of lines delivered before, during, or after the musical track. Entries are judged on routine performance (choreography, synchronization, composition, and lip-syncing/singing). Musical-Acts can be singing, dancing, or instrumental performances related to its source material.

The Virtual Performance Contest will follow all of the Cosplay Expo Rules for Performance with the following exceptions and modifications:

  • Registration will be open until December 31st 2020 and closed New Year’s Day.
  • Performances must be submitted in a video format for playback during the Virtual Cosplay Expo and should be no longer than 5 minutes in length opposed to the usual 3 minute limitation.
  • For uniformity, all videos submissions should be in an MP4 format at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second (fps).
  • Performances should be live recordings and include all members of the performing group. No animated visuals with dubbed over voices will be accepted for the Performance Competition.
  • Cinematography can be either a single continuous shot or pieced together to utilize camera angles and tight or wide frame shots. Be mindful of your audio quality when choosing to deliver lines live in the video or overlaying your audio over your video. Ultimately your performance will be judged on your final cut as a whole, so have fun with it!
  • Addition of subtitles for any English spoken lines is highly appreciated in the final result. At the very least a transcript for subtitles to be added post production would be required for all submissions with English spoken lines.

Register to compete in Performance!

Cosplay Competition Judge

Do you have the skill-set and know-how to be able to accurately gauge a person’s performance abilities? Do you know what to praise and what to constructively critique to inspire and develop growth of one’s skill in your expertise? Then you may have what it takes to be a Judge for the Ohayocon Cosplay Competition.

We ask masters of their craft to volunteer their time during the convention to Judge our contestants in a fair constructive manner to determine our Best in Division and Best in Show for our contest.

Apply to be a Cosplay Competition Judge

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