Nov 18 – Nov 20
Atlanta, GA


Cosplay at DreamHack Atlanta

Show us what you can create and join your fellow crafters! Cosplay is an art form full of passion and dedication, and we want to showcase all your hard work. Sign up to be a judge,  enter the $2500 cosplay competition, and join our panel sessions!

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DreamHack welcomes all signed-up cosplayers to enjoy our festival 24/7; from Friday 18th, 10:00 am, until Sunday 20th 7 pm, when the festival closes. To be eligible for a free Cosplay Pass you have to participate in the Cosplay Competition.


DreamHack welcomes all cosplayers from all fandoms.
Gaming, anime, books, graphic novels, etc – cosplay is for everyone!



Placement in the top three of any category comes with 2x tickets to a future DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included).


Place top 5 in 4+ competitions

1st - $700
2nd - $500
3rd - $300


Place top 5 in 1-3 competitions

1st - $400
2nd - $200
3rd - $100


New to competing

1st - $150
2nd - $100
3rd - $50

If you have not competed before, you may enter any tier you would like, judges reserve the right to move you to a different tier based on your experience and skill. If you are a seasoned competitor, you must enter the tier that represents your previous experience.

  • Contestants must be over 18 to compete – cosplayers under 18 are welcome to walk in the stage show, but are not eligible to compete at this time
  • Contestants must be at both pre-judging and the stage show to be eligible to win
  • All cosplays will be judged based on the rubric shown below
  • A valid convention badge is required to compete
  • Content should not go beyond PG-13, as the con is family-friendly: Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc. No excessive violence. No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.
  • All costumes must be at least 60% self crafted. (Assistance from a friend is fine, but commissions and purchased pieces must be 40% or less of the costume). Altering/thrifting/updating purchased pieces is allowed as long as the changes are significant (at the judges discretion)
  • Judges reserve the right to change your competition tier at any point
  • Costumes MAY NOT have won a competition previous to Friday, November 18, 2022
  • “Dabbing”, drug references, etc are not allowed.
  • All costumes must be self-contained, including no fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gasses or liquids, messy substances—wet, dry, or oily, including glitter, flower petals, etc in the green room or on stage.
  • No jumping on or off stage—please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
  • No Stage fighting (one foot must remain on the stage at all times and any mock fighting must be done at a distance and at half speed – no physical contact)
  • Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.
  • Sportsmanship is important. Any bullying will not be tolerated and result in disqualification and/or removal from the festival.


Judges will be announced closer to the event! Want to be considered for a judging position? Submit your interest through this form. Previous judges include: YayaHan, R1ddle, Kinpatsu, SparkleStache, ArmoredHearts, VolpinProps and more!

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Hello my name is Nikko I am an LGBTQ+ Puerto Rican cosplay model and content creator and have been cosplaying for 7 plus years. Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico I am bilingual and currently reside in Florida.  I love to cosplay from video games and anime alike.  I specialize in cosplay makeup and wig styling while also enjoying part of the craft that comes with prop creating. Along with my partner, we create a good part of our cosplays and work as our own photographers on the majority of our work. I worked with app developers such as anime amino and TikTok creator fund as well as game apps such as Murasaki7 and Dorian as a content creator and influencer and hope to extend that list in the near future.

Meet Nikkosplay at the Cosplay Corner!


Pumpkin has been cosplaying since 2011 and specializes in sewing and styling wigs. She creates cosplays based on some of her favorite video games like Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, and Skyrim.

We welcome her here at Dreamhack as one of our Cosplay Contest Judges.


Tygarlily started cosplaying in 2014 in the PNW. She combines her passion in video gaming with cosplay building, bringing our favorite characters to life. Now an Atlanta local, Tygarlily has become a voice for gamers and cosplayers everywhere. Tygarlily’s most notable cosplays are Ana from Atlanta Reign Overwatch League, Sylvanas from World of Warcraft, and Legatus from New World 

Tigarlily will be building a cosplay from start to finish! Come see the cosplay magic unfolding every day from 10 am – 6 pm in the Creator Hub, only at Dreamhack Atlanta.