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2022 Judge

Introducing the 2022 Armageddon cosplay competition judge, Rianne Elizabeth! Also known as Elizabeth’s world!
Costumier by day and cosplayer by night.

Cosplay Judge Ri is returning for her fourth year of the contest! She is a fourth-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 two years, which you might also recognise her for.
Ri is also hugely invested in the “geek culture” which Armageddon shares and loves: fandoms such as Harry Potter, Disney and Ru Paul’s Drag Race, because who doesn’t love a flashy drag costume.

At the end of 2017, she graduated with a 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. Most recently she has been contracting for Weta Workshop as a costume technician.

She loves a challenge and always pushing herself to make something new and amazing. 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.

2022 Judging Team

Important 2022 Dates

Entries must be submitted using the online form by 11.59pm on the due date in the 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

  • Tauranga - 11.59pm, Sunday 10th July 2022
  • Auckland Spring - 11.59pm, Sunday 9th October 2022
  • Wellington - 11.59pm, Sunday 20th November 2022
  • Christchurch - 11.59pm, Sunday 27th November 2022

Judging and Presentation Dates

Judging - Saturday 23rd July
Main Stage Presentation - Sunday 24th July

Auckland Spring
Judging - Friday 21st/Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd October(dependent on number of entries)
Main Stage Presentation - Monday 24th October

2021/2022 Armageddon Cosplay Contest Champion chosen
Auckland - Monday 24th October
(The 2021/2022 National Champion will be chosen at the 2022 Auckland Spring Armageddon, from the Best in Show entries from Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga 2021, and Tauranga and Auckland Spring 2022 Armageddon events)

Judging - Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th December (dependent on number of entries)
Main Stage Main Stage Presentation - Sunday 4th December

Judging - Saturday 10th December
Main Stage Presentation - Sunday 11th December
(The Best in Show winners from Wellington and Christchurch 2022 will go into the 2023 National Cosplay Contest with the National Champion being chosen at Auckland Spring 2023)

Rules, Forms and Guides

Tauranga 2022 Registration Form
Auckland Spring 2022 Registration Form 
Wellington 2022 Registration Form
Christchurch 2022 Registration Form


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 2020

Tauranga Contest 2020

Auckland Contest 2020


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