While it is Yama-Con’s policy to try to reach an amicable solution to any challenges during the Cosplay Contest, the department does maintain certain conditions in which a contestant may become disqualified, banned from future competitions, and escorted off of the convention floor.

  1. Contestants who are found to have purposely misled the judges on either the construction of their costume or on their level of experience and skill in order to compete in a lower-division will be immediately disqualified. In the cases where this is not discovered until after the competition has ended, the contestant will be banned from participating in future Yama-Con Cosplay Contests.
  2. Contestants who are found to have presented a commissioned costume or a store-bought, mass-produced costume as a constructed costume will be immediately disqualified. In the cases where this is not discovered until after the competition has ended, the contestant will be banned from participating in future Yama-Con Cosplay Contests.
  3. Any contestant who displays nudity on stage during the Cosplay Contest will be disqualified and dismissed.
  4. Contestants who make profane, political, religious, or any other disruptive statements, including through the use of signage or clothing, during the Cosplay Contest will be disqualified and dismissed.
  5. Any contestant displaying physical or verbally abusive behavior to any Yama-Con Staff members and Volunteers, Yama-Con general staff and volunteers, judges, other competitors, or convention attendees will be disqualified, dismissed from the Cosplay Contest, and banned from future competitions. Extremely serious infractions will result in having convention membership revoked and being escorted off the premises.
  6. Any contestant who fires a projectile from the stage during the Cosplay Contest without the expressed permission and pre-approval of the Yama-Con Cosplay Director will be disqualified.
  7. Contestants are discouraged from performing any acrobatics on stage for safety reasons. This includes but is not limited to flips, kicks, and high jumps. Performing a maneuver that was not approved by the Yama-Con Director may result in disqualification.
  8. The use of explosive devices is expressly prohibited. The use of one by a contestant will result in disqualification and dismissal from the Cosplay Contest.
  9. Contestants who are visibly intoxicated will not be allowed to participate in the Cosplay Contest. Any contestant found to be intoxicated during the contest will be dismissed and disqualified.
  10. The Director and other executive-level Yama-Con staff maintain the right to dismiss and disqualify contestants for reasons that are not expressly listed here.