AniMatsuri 2023 winners!

In spite of the cold winter winds, yet another heartwarming AniMatsuri is over – we listened to presentations, tried our hand in workshops, watched experts in their fields in demos, spent money at Artist Alley and vendors, rested at the lounge, interacted and enjoyed the festival vibes, but in addition to all that we rewarded the best in this year’s competitions! Here they are!

Cosplay photos taken by Kirill Dogadajev. All rights reserved by the authors of their respective photos and art.


AniMatsuri Travel Prize

Going to Denmark: n1cemonday (Nami, “One Piece”)

Travel prize runner-up:
Saare Tiiger (Princess Peach, “Mario”)

The Nordic Cosplay Championship

Going to Sweden: Enchanted (Elsa, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”)

NCC runner-up:
Medovaya Hannah (Anna, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”)


1. place: Dinarin (Ningguang, “Genshin Impact”)

2. place:
Kiom (Kogitsunemaru, “Touken Ranbu”)

3. place:
Kauks God (Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, “Assassin’s Creed 2”)

Stage show

1. place: Vert Vivo (Miss Midnight, “My Hero Academia”)

2. place:
Baravika (Cate Archer, “No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way”)

3. place:
Yuki, Akira – TYTen show group (Husky and white cat, “Husky and his white cat Shizun”)

Judges’ favorites

Amenoo’s favorite: Bealay (Hatsune Miku, “MORE MORE JUMP! Project Sekai”)

AnsoCosplay’s favorite:
tedisnotblue (Crowley, “Good Omens”)

CaptainGhostly’s favorite:
Cosplay By Chaos (Effie Trinket, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)

Best novice cosplayer

Hina (Mumei, “Koutetsujou no Kabaneri”)

Best original character/design

Elison (Wuming/San Lang, “Heaven Official’s Blessing”)

UniCon’s favorite

Belomorkanal (Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Spike, “My Little Pony/”)

Audience’s favorite

Vert Vivo (Miss Midnight, “My Hero Academia”)


1. place
Model: NatsumiPon
Character: Jinx, “League of Legends”
Photographer: AkuNoHako

2. place

Models: daredevils
Characters: Denji, Gun Devil, “Chainsaw Man”
Photographer: Berry Diligence

3. place

Model: Yugoro
Character: Alice, “Alice: Madness Returns”
Photographer: Alla Privalova

Audience’s favorite
Models: daredevils
Characters: Denji, Gun Devil, “Chainsaw Man”
Photographer: Berry Diligence


1. place: Kadri Umbleja


2. place: Anne-Liis Lehiste


3. place: Kaija-Liisa Kuklane


1. place: Hiki Yosakoi

2. place: Tuulised Kaasikud

3. place: I_guess????