I wouldn't compete in a competition that allowed more than on 'serious' award. (Not 'best use of duct tape' but actual 1st/2nd/HM/etc.)
Personally I feel allowing only one award cuts down on both perceived and actual nepotism among the judges/conchair/staff. I've seen a few competitions where I was wondering if there were sexual favors involved in the choice of winners, because some people were getting a ton of awards that I perceived to be unmerited. Maybe the person really did deserve them for details we couldn't see, but lavishing one person with awards at the exclusion of other fantastic costumes didn't help.
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