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2019 Judge

Introducing the 2019 Armageddon cosplay competition judge, Rianne Gibson! Also known as Elizabeth’s world!
Costumier by day and cosplayer by night.

Rianne is a third-generation seamstress and picked up the sewing bug when she was 7 years old, making quilts, doing embroidery and creating clothing all before reaching intermediate school. She has skill in sewing, leatherworking, embroidery, armour and prop making.
In 2010 she made and created her first costume for a convention and fell in love with cosplay and the community. She has previously competed in the Armageddon cosplay competitions herself from 2012 to 2016, earning multiple prizes for her work over the years. You may recognise her for her cosplays such as Anastasia, Captain Hook and Princess Fiona. After competing in the competitions, herself, she then became the cosplay competition’s MC for the last two years, which you might also recognise her for.
Rianne is also hugely invested in the “geek culture” which Armageddon shares and loves: fandoms such as Harry Potter, Disney, Pokemon, Anime and Ru Paul’s Drag Race, because who doesn’t love a flashy drag costume.
At the end of 2017, she graduated from the Toi Whakaari Costume Construction diploma where she studied under the previous judge of the Armageddon comp, Kaarin Slevin.
Since graduating she has made commissions for clients of cosplay, ballet and performing arts. She’s worked on multiple shows and theatre productions both on and behind the scenes, including being a wardrobe coordinator and dresser for the World of Wearable arts, creating costumes for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has been wardrobe coordinator for shows such as the Summer Shakespeare festival. Her career is only starting to blossom with more shows in the future which she will be coordinating, designing or constructing costumes for.
She loves a challenge and always pushing herself to make something, with newly acquired skills such as challenging herself with historical period costumes.
She is looking forward to meeting all this year’s contestants and be able to intertwine both her professional and cosplay knowledge into judging this year’s Armageddon Cosplay Competition.

2019 Judging Team

Important Dates

Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on the Sunday two weeks prior to the competition date. Please remember - Your costume/s do not need to be completed to submit your registration form!

Registration Closing Dates

  • Wellington - 31st March
  • Christchurch - 19th May
  • Tauranga - Sunday 26th May
  • Auckland - Sunday 13th October

Judging and Presentation Dates

Judging - Saturday 13th April
Main Stage Presentation - 4pm Sunday 14th April
Judging - Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd June (this may be changed closer to the event) Presentation - 3pm Monday 3rd June
Judging - Saturday 8th June
Main Stage Main Stage Presentation - 3pm Sunday 9th June
Judging - Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th October Main Stage Presentation - Monday 28th October
Armageddon Cosplay Contest Champion chosen
Auckland - Monday 28th October

Rules, Forms and Guides



Please note: any images captured of you in your cosplay may be used to promote the contest. For more information please see our photography disclaimer here.

Please message the Armageddon Facebook Page if you have any questions.

Wellington Contest 2019

Tauranga Contest 2019


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Upcoming Events

Auckland Armageddon

October 25-28th 2019, ASB Showgrounds
Friday 25 October - 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 26 October - 10am to 6pm (9am early access)
Sunday 27 October - 10am to 6pm
Monday 28 October - 10am to 5pm