Geekfest 2016 Cosplay Contest | Complete Winners List

The Dark Carnival Awards

Another Geekfest has come and gone, and it was the biggest Geekfest event since the very first one back in 2013. Also growing leaps and leaps was the cosplay being featured at the event and we were very excited at the prospect of hosting one of the most fun cosplay events of the year – the Geekfest 2016 Cosplay Contest. Being an outdoor event, the Cosplayers tend to don their more fun and casual cosplays for this event but they still managed to impress and wow the judges and crowds alike and the competition was very stiff this year.

Our panel of judges had a really tough job ahead of them and after conducting thorough and intimate one on one judging sessions with the contestants, it was time to announce the winners. This year saw one of the biggest prize pools for a South African cosplay contest yet and we had a total of R 36,000 to give away to our winners. This was also the first cosplay contest where we used our brand new cosplay contest judging app ‘Cosjudge’ The judges used tablets preloaded with the app to enter their scores for the contestants and all the scores went into a database from where we determined the top scorers. This process went so smoothly that the judging was running ahead of schedule for most of the day.

So let’s get to the winners list and see who took top honors in the different categories:

BEST INDIVIDUAL COSPLAYER – ANIME/MANGA

1ST place               Jade Loader

2nd place               Christine Anderson

3rd place               Anre’ van Rooyen

BEST INDIVIDUAL COSPLAYER – POP CULTURE & GAMING

1st place                Jessica Lu

2nd place               Kelsey Atkins

3rd place               Samantha Fouche

BEST INDIVIDUAL COSPLAYER – YOUTH

1ST place               Mika Neale

2nd place               Tristan Neale

3rd place               Jeandre Verster

WINNER – COSTUME & CRAFTING DIVISION

Phia Niemand

WINNER – SKIT DIVISION

Cosplay Weirdos

HIGHEST OVERALL SCORES – THE DARK CARNIVAL AWARDS

1st place                Cosplay Weirdos (Skit division entry)

2nd place               Phia Niemand (Costume & Crafting entry)

3rd place               Jessica Lu (Individual division entry)

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all the Cosplayers that entered the contest. And a huge thank you to Dark Carnival and the folks from Geekfest for their support and keen interest in the South African Cosplay community.

Keep on crafting and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the next GES cosplay event!

Cosplay Contest winners pics by Vanora Naude Photography | find them on Facebook here

About Linda Jager

Linda Jager
I’m proudly Geek and have a passion for all things pop-culture. Huge fan of The Walking Dead. Lover of gadgets and technology and although I’m not a gamer (sadly no hand-eye co-ordination) I find myself drawn to the gaming culture and community and how it connects with one of my biggest passions – collecting action figures and statues. I love to watch movies and series and there’s nothing better than having conversations with other people about the things I feel so passionately about. Being an 80’s child I am a huge fan of retro stuff and my Thundercats collection is one of my most prized possessions. That, and my A-Team van. Follow me on Twitter @LindaAtGES

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