Thanks guys this has been real encouraging! I know for a fact that the people who won their awards were well deserving. I just left that room knowing I really didn't present myself so much as just stood there kind of prattled on and on about stuff and then we made jokes about my EVO and how the judges needed to "keep my reference material". (I had the photos stored on my phone) lol
/sigh it was still a lot of fun and I'm not discouraged about competing or just cosplaying in general. I just really wish that I was better prepared for what a panel was going to be like.