rAge 2018 has come and gone, but we’re still suffering through our prescribed post-rAge coma. This means that NAG’s collective memory of what exactly happened between the days of 5-7 October 2018 is a little fuzzy at the moment – but we’re told that there was some INCREDIBLE cosplay on show at rAge this year. In case you’re wondering, all our memories of that weekend should come rushing back to us sometime in January 2019 (hopefully, if past experience is anything to go by).

It’s pretty much become the norm at this point, but this year South Africa’s cosplay community really cranked things up to 17 with their mind-melting creativity and overwhelming dedication to their craft. As has become tradition, GES also hosted their Cosplay Contest, wherein SA’s cosplayers stood the chance to win shnazzy prizes. If you’re curious to see who walked away with armfuls of sweet, sweet glory at GES’s rAge 2018 Cosplay Contest, there’s a mega-list of mega-winners below the break. There’s also a sneaky video showing off the best cosplay from the show. BONUS.

Dive down below if you’re ready to have your mind-hole blown wiiide open.


Best in Show (overall winner):

Shelby Webber (Maramosa Cosplay) as Tracer from Overwatch

1st Masters Division:

Zayaan Blake Farouk (Black Lily Cosplay) as Doll from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

Solo Needlework Division:

First place: Helen Boryna (Bastion) as Catwoman from DC Comics

Second place: Jason Blundell (Adeptus Cosplay) as Eldar Warlock from Warhammer 40,000

Third place: Janel van Aswegen (Kimiko) as Manaka Lala from Pripara

Solo Armour Division:

First place: Wolfgang Schröder (Apex Cosplay) as The Sole Survivor (T-45 Power Armour) from Fallout

Second place: Joel Smith (Nifty) as Alexios from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Third place: Samuel Christov (Oliver Tree) as Genji from Overwatch

Skit Division:

Janel van Aswegen (Kimiko) as Manaka Lala from Pripara

Group Division:

Melandrie Boshoff and Coenraad William Basson (Vox Populi) as Elizabeth and Booker from BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea

Construction Division:

Jessica Lu (LuluHannie) as Uriel from Darksiders

Best youth (tied for first):

Fynn McCarthy (MyCarKeys) as ODST Spartan from Halo: Reach, and Gemma Fletcher (Spyridon) as Mandalorian OC from the Star Wars universe

Representation:

Janel van Aswegen (Kimiko) as Manaka Lala from Pripara

Additional prizes:

Best newcomer: Helen Boryna (Bastion) as Catwoman from DC Comics

Best wig: Zayaan Blake Farouk (Black Lily Cosplay) as Doll from Kuroshitsuji  (Black Butler)

Best prop: Jason Blundell (Adeptus Cosplay) as Eldar Warlock from Warhammer 40,000

Judges’ favourite: Wolfgang Schröder (Apex Cosplay) as The Sole Survivor  (T-45 Power Armour) from Fallout

Green Leaf (best use of recycled items): Tracy Benson (NukuNukuDash) as Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road

Megarom Assassin’s Creed Award:

First place: Daniella Mosca (Psycadillo) as Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Second place: Joel Smith (Nifty) as Alexios from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

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