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Meet the Judges - 2022!

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Nococon produces top-notch cosplay contests, sure to thrill and delight participants and spectators alike!


There are 4 different contests going on over the two events (Invasion and Nococon 2022) and 3 days of convention fun!


We will be presenting 21 individual awards and prizes, across all contests!


Awards include OVER $2500 in prizes and cash!


First up, on April 9th we will have two cosplay contests at the Salmon Run Mall from 12pm to 4 pm.

This event is more casual, and is open to all comers: there will be one adult cosplay winner, and one kid cosplay winner, each taking home passes to the big show in June!


On Sunday, June 12th, we will have a kids cosplay contest during our Family Day festivities. There will be prizes for all participants, with 5 top cosplayers going home with individual awards!


On Saturday, June 11th: the MAIN EVENT. This will be the largest cosplay contest in the history of Upstate New York. There will be 4 separate prizes given in 3 different categories. That is a total of 12 chances to earn an award for your cosplay abilities!


At the end of the day on Saturday, we will award the BEST IN SHOW. This person will not only win the largest cash prize, they will receive two VIP tickets to next year's show, a specially designed wearable trophy to showcase their victory while in cosplay, as well as be invited to give out the Best in Show prize to next year's winner!


This event will have contests for every level of cosplayer: novice to master. We encourage all to enter and be part of the fun!


For additional information, rules, and how to enter, please click the links below.

Nococon features one of the biggest and most inclusive cosplay contests in the Northeast. Cosplayers of all kinds are welcome and encouraged, whether they compete in the official contests or not.

Questions: email us at