Monday, January 7, 2019 to Saturday, March 30
How to enter
Post your picture to the cosplay website, Cosplayers.Global
* You must be a registered user of Cosplayers.Global to upload photos. (Registration is free.)
2019 to March 30
Post your works to Cosplayers.Global to apply to the contest.
* You must be a registered user of Cosplayers.Global.
Judges will make the selection. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials, such as additional photos and a personal profile. The number of likes that the submitted photo receives will also be taken into account.
Those who pass the selection will be contacted individually and told the results of the selection.
The final selection will be made at the World Cosplay Summit 2019 on the Oasis 21 Stage
Participation requirements and regulations
- About visiting Japan
- To participate in the One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix, you must be in Japan for the period of time designated by the World Cosplay Summit Secretariat (hereafter referred to as “the event’s duration”). (Assume this period will last 3 to 4 days before and after Saturday, August 3, 2019, the day of the event.)
- Airfare from your nearby airport to Japan, as well as lodging and a portion of the meal costs for the event’s duration will be paid for by the World Cosplay Summit Secretariat.
- During your travel, any charges incurred by overweight baggage due to heavy costumes, etc. are the responsibility of the individual participant. Shipping items to Japan by air or surface mail ahead of time is prohibited.
- You must be at least 18 or older by the time that you arrive in Japan. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. The airfare, lodging, and other expenses required for the accompanying guardian are the responsibility of the individual.
- About entry from Cosplayers.Global
- Registered users of Cosplayers.Global can submit only their own cosplay.
- After you have become a registered user on Cosplayers.Global, post a photo with the entry hashtag to complete your entry submission. This entry hashtag will be announced on the day that entries open, January 7, 2019.
- There is no restriction on applicable countries or regions.
- As a general rule, each photo submission will enter only one cosplayer. While photos that feature multiple characters will not be disqualified, only one cosplayer will be acknowledged as the target of the submission.
- About costume
- We recommend costumes that are personally handmade. While non-handmade costumes will not be disqualified, this fact may lower the evaluation score.
- Arranging your costume in a way that is not damaging to the character’s image is paramount, and the degree of thoughtfulness that you give to recreating a scene will be taken into account. Also, please be careful while creating your entry and wield all weapons and other props safely.
- This project is not a photo contest, so we prefer submissions that capture as much of the body as possible. At minimum, please submit a photo that shows at least the upper half of your body and your face.
- Applicants who pass the first stage of judging may be asked to provide additional materials. These materials will include things such as additional photos, your place of residence, and other information for a simple profile.
- Submissions that damage the image of the source material, feature indecent exposure, are strongly offensive, or in any other way violate the Cosplayers.Global terms of service may be deleted.
- About submission works
- It is assumed that any images and such used in the submitted work are posted with the appropriate rights of use, including the consent of the photographed subjects and the photographer. The World Cosplay Summit Secretariat bears absolutely no responsibility for problems related to usage rights.
- Any characters that appear in the anime One Piece (including the movies) can be submitted. Each of the 20 people who are chosen to come to Japan will be cosplayers of a different character, and of those 20, nine characters from the Straw Hat Crew will be included.
- The World Cosplay Summit Secretariat will own the portrait rights for media exposure regarding the event’s prior announcement and the time spent in Japan. This includes collaborative coverage by TV programs and other media, printed flyers, event performances, etc. related to this project.
- Your submitted works may be used in media (TV programs, websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.) for the purpose of announcing this project. In such cases, there will be no remuneration.
- After this project is complete, video clips and images of you may be used in TV programs, on our websites, and so on. In such cases, there will be no remuneration.
This online platform is produced by the “cosplay festival” that gathers cosplayers from around the world, the World Cosplay Summit (WCS). It’s a site where people who share a love for Japanese anime, manga, games, and other pop culture can all connect. The site currently supports 10 languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, and Russian.