Cosplay judges


On this page we will introduce our honoured judges who will offer their insight during the cosplay competition judging.

 

Dulcinea (Lithuania)

Facebook

I am a cosplayer from Lithuania and I have been cosplaying for 6 years. I learned to make props and armor before I learned any sewing, and prop making is definitely still my favorite part. I am a strong believer in hard work versus talent and believe that any craftsmanship can be learned through effort. During my 6 years of cosplaying, I have been Lithuanian representative in EuroCosplay, received an award by GRY Online.pl for best craftsmanship, became an Honorary Consul of UniCon to the Republic of Lithuania (had to mention that because of reasons), been a judge at many cosplay contests in Lithuania and abroad, and even organize contests myself – you can currently catch me at GameOn as their cosplay manager. My greatest pleasure as a cosplayer and crafter is to help others with my knowledge that I gained from my own trials and errors – I will be doing a panel about PVC foam board where I can tell so many things that I have learned about this awesome and inexpensive material. This is my first time visiting Estonia and I am thrilled to meet everyone and experience AniMatsuri as I have heard so many awesome things about this convention.

Encouraging words for those thinking about trying cosplay:
“If you are wondering whether it is worth to try cosplay, I can assure you – it absolutely is! Most of my friends, colleagues and acquaintances I have met through cosplay and I could not be happier about that! It is a friendly and accepting community, so you can definitely be yourself and feel right at home.”

 
Dulcinea’s photos taken by Rhaine Photography.


Dudus (Hungary)

Facebook

Nice to meet you, I’m Dudus from Hungary, and I’ve been cosplaying since 2006 but I make my own costumes since 2010. My speciality is crossplaying which means I’m a female dressing up as male characters. My strengths are beard and prop making, I appreciate resemblance the most that’s what I’m trying to follow myself in cosplay.

I have won a few awards at Hungarian conventions and have been also a judge at cosplay competitions a few times (in Hungary and abroad), my biggest achievement is representing my country at EuroCosplay in 2015 where I won a Judge’s Award.

It will be my first time in Estonia and I’m looking forward to see the cosplay scene there!

Encouraging words for those thinking about trying cosplay:
“Cosplaying is all about having fun, you have to find what you enjoy doing – making the costume, wearing it, competing, or just fooling around – and even if the first costume is not perfect, you have to remember, everyone started somewhere, don’t give up!”

    
Photo credits: Stoick (top) taken by Artflower Fotografie, Sultan (bottom left), and Ice King (bottom center) taken by Cleniver, Stoick (bottom right) taken by Endre Szabo.


Elffi (Finland)

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Elffi is a 29-year-old Finnish male cosplayer living in Germany. He got interested in Japanese language, anime and manga in 2004 and made his first cosplay in 2006. He was representing Finland in World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan in 2011 and has also won numerous other awards and nominations in cosplay competitions. Elffi has been a visiting judge, panelist and guest in 33 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and USA).

Coffee, beer and gym are close to his heart. He loves armors, bodypainting and shaping his body according to the characters. Elffi also tends to say that without cosplay he would not be fit at all. Known as a travel loving person he enjoys seeing new places and meeting fellow cosplayers!

Encouraging words for those thinking about trying cosplay:
“Cosplay is not only a hobby — it’s a way of life. It gives you a total freedom to express yourself through handicraft, modeling and photography. It widens our minds and connects us together. I’ve traveled to the other side of the world and back and everywhere cosplayers were the same — A big, warm and welcoming family.”

    
Photo credits: Adult Aang (top) taken by ACCosplay, Godot (bottom left) taken by Blue Potion Photography, Sinbad (bottom center) and Shura (bottom right) taken by Midgard Photography.


Calssara (Germany)

Website / Facebook

Calssara is a cosplayer from Germany who has been cosplaying since 2004. She was Germany’s representative for World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in 2009 and 2011. She also represented her country in the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG), one of the biggest European cosplay competitions that takes place in Paris at Japan Expo, and won the champion title in 2012 for her country with her Saber costume from Fate/Stay Night.

Calssara has already visited 34 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) on 3 continents with her costumes as cosplay judge, panelist and messenger.

In real life she is a librarian, event manager and passionate tea drinker. She is a very social and happy person who loves to meet new friends and supports cosplayers all over the world.

Encouraging words:
“Cosplay can help people to discover and embrace new facets of their personality. You can be a brave warrior, a nature loving elf, a shy school girl or a super cool card game battle specialist. In cosplay you can be whoever you dream to be.”

  
Photo credits: Nidalee (top) by Midgard Photography, Hatsune Miku (bottom left) by Captured, Weiss Schnee (bottom right) by Butterfly Dreams.