American freeskier Eric Pollard and Olympic snowboarder Torah Bright are among those who will cast their votes remotely for the prestigious ¥120,000 Judge’s Choice prize. The Public Vote winner will take home ¥80,000.

The Niseko Shootout ProAM is one of three categories under the 2020-21 Niseko Shootout photo and film competition banner.

A total of 31 professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams will take to the mountains in and around Niseko between January 7-10 with the aim of capturing the best photo of the period, with ¥200,000 (US$2,000) up for grabs.

Contest organiser Winstead Heyward said unlike last year there was plenty of powder around and possibly even a bit of sunshine around for teams to work with.

“That’s the beauty of this competition – it’s held on set dates so teams have to work with whatever conditions Mother Nature throws at them,” Heyward said.

“We’ve just come out of three weeks of non stop snow so the mountains are loaded with snow. I’m expecting to see a few mushrooms shots  and more photos taken in resort due to the lack of peak-season crowds due to the pandemic. However photos can be taken anywhere in the Shirebeshi region of Southwest Hokkaido, so there is bound to be a few backcountry shots, maybe with some ocean in the background thanks to the nearby Sea of Japan. I’m excited to see what everyone produces!”


James Winfield Alister Buckingham
Island Snowboards Stu Cady Toni Rodriguez
Niseko black Simon Pervez Bianca Peralta
Tenchi Miyakoshi Takeshi Kuramoto
Far East Snowsoprts Andrew Willink Toni Rodriguez
Far East Snowsoprts Haruka Uozumi Toni Rodriguez
Takumi Woodwork Louis Higgins Shinya Tabata
Niseko Black Liam Larnach Dora Krupic
Oyuki Japan Ryu Atobe Chris Smith
SnowPlus ski school Eden Gao Nicole Wang
Niseko Zen Nolan Yoshiaki Isozaki Saki Hayashi
Km4k (カモシカ) Takashi Yoshimura Shuhei Kato
Takara Masatoshi Akagawa Mirai
Hanazono Niseko Jimi Oertli Toshi Pander
YamaPlus Evan Wilcox Toshi Pander
Rhythm Japan Jimmy Norris Sean Potts
Powder Yoga Toni Rodriguez Charlie Davies
Rhythm Japan Chris Smith Josh Fawcett
Sea And Summit Media Chad Clark Justin Graves
Cyndie Hu Ben Braunstein
Niseko Shootout Aaron Jamieson Winstead Heyward
Powderlife Aaron Jamieson Kris Lund
Aaron Jamieson Acme Wu
Rhythm Japan Darren Teasdale Alex Koens
Callum McWilliam Ayaka Shibasaki
Henry Johnson Stefan Boers
GENTEMSTICK Rei Igarashi Katsuhide Fujio
Jack Phillips Makenzie Robson
Luke Sandalls Justin Dowell
K2 Snowboarding Daisuke Watanabe Kentaraw Matsuda
MnK Niseko Patrick Ohtani Jack Woods


ProAM Judges’ Choice Winners: ¥120,000

Our 2021 judge panel includes: Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata, Yoichi Watanabe, Neil Hartmann, Torah Bright, Eric Pollard, Lena Stoffel, Mattias Fredrikson, Aline Bock and Alex Yoder. You can read all about the Judges on Niseko Shootout Instagram or Niseko Tourism Facebook – Niseko Shootout ProAM Album

ProAM Public Vote Winners: ¥80,000

For the Public Vote we need you – the public! Public judging will take place over four days from January 15 to 18 –

You can register your votes by by liking photos that will be uploaded into the 2020-21 Niseko Shootout ProAM photo album on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page during that time. Voting ends at 23:59 on January 18  – make sure you VOTE and help decide the winner!

Winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on January 20. More details to come.