I've only been in 2 Cosplay contests before, and I'm fairly new to the world of Cosplaying in general, so I'm not 100% sure about the unspoken rules of contest etiquette. I've tried searching around but for some reason I'm having a hard time finding solid advice on this. So if there is a good thread somewhere else, point me the way!
So as the title of this thread asks, is it "okay" to enter a costume into more than one contest if I didn't win anything? (By the way, I'm talking about construction-based contests, not Masquerades or skits - not seeing a board for this, hopefully its okay to put it here!). Anyway, some background: I just worked on a costume that took me a really long time and an insane amount of effort (not to mention money) to create, by far the most difficult costume I've ever done. So of course I'm very proud of it! I recently entered it in a very competitive contest at a large major convention. The competition was insanely good, and I didn't win any awards. I did get some really great tips and had a blast!
So another small (but sizeable) convention is coming up that I was already going to. Since I didn't win an award in the recent one, I thought I'd use the feedback I got, touch up my costume, and give it the chance to shine in the spotlight one last time and maybe win something. Since I worked so dang hard on it and all! But I want to know, am I a total jerk for doing this? Its not against the rules, but still... I can't help feeling like people may think that way and it'd make me look bad in the future.
Also I'm really concerned because I was watching videos of past contests at this particular convention and saw a judge that I actually just met and talked a lot with at the contest I was just in (this person was another contestant). So I realized, what if a judge ends up being someone that already saw my costume? Would they think negatively of me? Would I lose points? I see a lot of people on this forum do judging, so I'm really curious what you guys think.
I'm super duper nervous about this, still being fairly new and all, so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!