Cosplay & Steampunk Costume Contest   –  Splendid Teapot Races (scroll down for Teapot Races information)

Hampton Roads Maker Faire, Saturday, May 6, 2017, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C

What is Cosplay?

Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called Cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “Cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk, is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. It’s an extremely eclectic and historical style, representing the best of merging influences from the Victorian Era, The American Wild West, The Pirate Era, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Goth, Science Fiction, Retrofuturism, and some post-apocalyptic


May 6, 2017

11:00am- 1:30pm – Registration and Judging

3:00 pm – Parade on Main Stage and Winners Announced

Winners will be announced shortly after 3pm Saturday on the Main Stage. Winners must be present on Saturday to win.

Where? Hampton Roads Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C. The Cosplay and Steampunk Contest registration and judging area will be near the mainstage area.

How will it work?

Contestants will come up to the cosplay/steampunk table and fill out a quick registration and consent form. Contestants will then take that form to the judges where they will take a picture and pre-judge your cosplay/steampunk.

Contestants will be given 3 minutes to answer judges’ questions about their costume. After judges are done with their questions Contestants will be given a notecard with their entry number on it. KEEP IT SOMEWHERE SAFE YOU NEED THIS FOR THE COSPLAY/STEAMPUNK  PARADE ON the MAIN STAGE STARTING AT 3:00 PM!!!


Below are our rules for cosplayers and for the cosplay contest. These rules apply to ALL cosplayers regardless of entry to the contest or not.

    1. All entries must maintain a PG-13 rating. No excessive violence, sexual content, etc. This rule also applies to the costume itself; no over exposed individuals will be allowed on stage. The Cosplay/Steampunk director and Staff reserve the right to turn away any entry they deem inappropriate.
    2. All costumes must provide as much body coverage as a bikini. Body paint, latex pasties, thongs, etc. are not considered adequate body coverage on their own. Underwear and/or supportive garments must be worn underneath revealing or skin-tight costumes.
    3. Contestants in the costume contest are expected to have a positive and sportsmanlike attitude. Unsportsmanlike behavior can be grounds for disqualification. Please be polite and respectful of the Maker Faire staff, judges and your fellow cosplayers/steampunkers.
    4. All contestants will be required to register and participate in prejudging.
    5. Anything that goes along with, will be worn or will be included or presented during the contest, must be included and presented during pre-judging
    6. Picture taking: Do not stop for pictures in crowded aisles. Please go to a more open area, or outside to a less crowded area, or to the designated picture taking areas. Do not block doors, ramps, exits, corridors, and aisles while taking pictures.
    7. Mock or Play-fighting is not allowed in the convention area. Wielding or handling weapons or props in a way that could potentially cause harm to others is prohibited, whether there was intent to harm others or not.
    8. We reserve the right to remove you from the convention and/or cosplay/steampunk events at any time. If for any reason we feel that your actions pose a threat or hazard to others while at Hampton Roads Maker Faire, we will ask you to stop or you will be removed from the cosplay/steampunk events. We simply ask you to be courteous towards others at all times.
    9. No flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave Maker Faire
  • All prop weapons must conform to the AetherHaus Cosplay Co. Weapons Policy, which is as follows: All weapons must be non-working. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed and peace tied at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow non-functioning, appropriate cosplay weapons.
  1. The Cosplay/Steampunk director has the right to change your division to a higher division to create a fair competition. Consider this an honor


Children’s: Children Contestants under 12 yrs. Each child must be accompanied by an adult at all times for safety (no exceptions). Accompanying adult will not be judged

Beginner: This division is intended for costumers with little to moderate experience in making costumes or performing. If you have won multiple awards consider entering in advanced. Teenagers under 18 years old will automatically be placed into this category (unless overruled by judging staff)

Advanced: Open to all ages for experienced costume makers – those REALLY GOOD at making costumes. Enter if you have won multiple cosplay contests or enter in Advanced normally

Steampunk: This division is intended for Steampunk themed costumes and Cosplays. This division will be judged for creativity, ingenuity, and the Steampunk aesthetic.

Group: Group Open to all ages Open to all groups.


For each award there will be a Certificate and Medals!

-Best in Show: This is given to an entrant or group who has shown an overall exceptional degree of craftsmanship and execution. This award may be given to an entry in any division.

-Best in Division: This is given to an entrant or group who has shown an exceptional degree of craftsmanship and execution for their particular division.

-Second Place in Division

-Third Place in Division

-Craftsmanship: This award is given to an entrant with the most creative or impressive handcrafted cosplay or prop. Any division may qualify for this award.

-Judges’ Awards: Each judge may grant an award to an entry that they feel is exceptional


Splendid Teapot Racing is a Steampunk sport that began in New Zealand. It is an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately balanced breakable china teacups and saucers. You race a decorated RC Car/Truck/Tank with a Teapot on it.

Splendid Teapot Racing is a Steampunk sport that began in New Zealand, but is quickly becoming a pleasurable pastime around the World. Designed for the average person to participate in, it is an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately balanced breakable china teacups and saucers, that must be negotiated using a remote controlled teapot. Check out our FB page, “Splendid Teapot Racing Hampton Roads, Virginia” to see pictures and videos. You just need a remote control vehicle; remove the top and add a teapot or tea kettle. The vehicle can include most anything, but it must include a teapot. The most fun part of the race is that points are awarded for costume, attitude, entertainment, and bribes for the judges are not only encouraged, but expected.

1 to 2 hours for a morning Race and 1 to 2 hours for an afternoon race. Demos and hands on in between.