Sandusky, Ohio may not be the first location that leaps to mind when it comes to world-beating cosplay, but every year many of the world’s best make the pilgrimage to Kalahari Resort’s Colossalcon for one of the biggest cons of the year.

Why Sandusky? Because the Kalahari is a resort with a tropical-themed swimming pool and some beautiful surrounding countryside, which means cosplayers and photographers can get a little crazier than usual.

Among thousands of others, photographers Anna Fischer, Dave Yang, Kayhettin Elysiam, Martin Wong, Genia Baida & Mineralblu were there, and you’ll see some of their best photos below. Some are from the con’s big pool party (complete with cosplayers’ custom pool outfits), others are from the rest of the show.

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Note: I’ve only got partial credits for the cosplayers listed here, so if you recognise/are anyone below, let me know and I’ll add a credit!

COLOSSALCON 2016

Cosplay by Helena Steele & Devin Panda | Photo by Anna Fischer
Cosplay by Helena Steele & Devin Panda | Photo by Anna Fischer
Photo by Anna Fischer
Cosplay by Stella Chuu | Photo by Dave Yang
Cosplay by Stella Chuu | Photo by Dave Yang
Photo by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Meagan Orzel | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Zombie Bit Me | Photo by Mineralblu
Photo by Mineralblu
Photo by Mineralblu

COLOSSALCON POOL PARTY

Cosplay by Ladee Danger | Photo by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Sayakat | Photo by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Megan Coffey | Photo by Anna Fischer
Cosplay by Ladee Danger | Photo by Anna Fischer
Photo by Anna Fischer
Cosplay by Bindi Smalls | Photo by Dave Yang
Photo by Dave Yang
Cosplay by Kaybear | Photo by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Intraventus | Photo by Mineralblu

Bonus: here are some videos by Gerwalk Cosplay (Fischer & Flashbang Photography). The first two are a little behind-the-scenes fun for many of the shots you see above, while the third is a showcase video on superstar Stella Chuu.