May 24th - 27th, 2013
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
The San Francisco Bay Area
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2013 BayCon Masquerade. I am your masquerade director, Jean Batt. I am more than willing to answer any questions you have about the masquerade this year.
"Presentation" and "Workmanship" judging are entirely separate. There is one judging panel for Presentation and another judging panel for Workmanship. Each panel selects and gives its own awards. You don't have to enter in Workmanship if you don't want to and it will not effect your Presentation at all.
This should be fun for both you, your fellow compeditors and the audience, so enjoy yourself and don't take this to seriously. We are all here to enjoy ourselves and show off the wonderful work that we have made over the last year.
If you have questions for me directly please e-mail me or show up to the Masquerade 101 panel and i would be happy to answer what ever question you have.
General Competition Guidelines
Any entry can enter in workmanship for the division that they qualify for. Anything or part of the costume that the competitor made can be entered into workmanship judging. It must be made, sewn, fabricated, built or modified by the competitor. Costumes that are purchased do not qualify for workmanship. But parts of the costume that aren't presented to the judges be by purchased but don't qualify for this part of the competition. Even if a tiny part of the costume is made by the competitor they can enter that one part of the costume for workmanship and have it stand on its own.
If the competitors or judges wonder if something actually qualifies for workmanship, they can ask the masquerade director.
There are a few ways that a competitor can enter in presentation
A good judge brings his or her experiences and opinions to the table. A judge should base his or her opinion of an entry only on what he or she sees on stage or in the workmanship judging area. Other influences, including comments from the MC, should be disregarded.
If an entry is replayed due to technical problems or crew error, a judge should do his or her best to disregard the first appearance.
Judges are expected to avoid conflicts of interest. A judge should inform you if he or she may be influenced by a personal or business relationship. It is your responsibility to consult with your judging panel to find an appropriate solution. Solutions may include a judge excusing himself or herself from deliberations where the competitor in question is involved, or removing himself or herself from the judging panel.
If any of judges appear to be incapable of judging fairly and impartially, whether due to personal issues or intoxication, they will be removed from the judging panel.
When interacting directly with competitors (either in an in-person workmanship judging situation or after the competition), judges, like masquerade directors, are asked to be fair and considerate.
A consistent award scheme is valuable in promoting fairness and equity between different competitions. "Excellence deserves award" is a good guiding principal for any judge. If an entry shows merit, it should be given an award. The ICG recommends two classes of awards, Minor and Major, and a standard naming convention for such awards. Whether an entry is given a major or minor award is at the discretion of the judging panel.
While most awards, major and minor, are judged purely on the merit of the entry in question, there is a group of major awards that is judged instead on the relative merit of the entry with respect to its competitors. These "competitive" awards most commonly include "Best in Division" and "Best in Show" and have a greater impact on future division placement than other major awards.