Tequila Shots to Toast Best Shots of Niseko Shootout ProAM

With new event sponsor Don Julio Tequila, and a record 62 teams taking part, it’s fair the say the Niseko Shootout ProAM 2023 is bigger and better than ever!

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

The 62 professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams will take to the mountains in and around Niseko between January 6 – 9.

Each will take as many photos as they like during the competition window, but submit only one for judging following the final day.

The winners will share in ¥200,000 (US$1,500) – not to mention a few tequila shots at the awards ceremony at Rhythm Japan Base on January 20.

Contest organiser Winstead Heyward said it was great to see a 50% increase in entries this year as tourists and seasonal workers flocked back into Niseko.

“The ProAM is back with a vengeance,” Winse laughed.

“We’re overjoyed with the amazing enthusiasm for the comp from the local and visiting teams – Niseko is back, baby!”

“This year, with Don Julio 1942 as our prize sponsor, we can’t wait to have all the teams sharing their experience and announce the winners at Rhythm Japan Base on Friday, January 20th, 2023.

“With a delicious tequilia brand as a sponsor, you know the party will be fun”.


Terminal Tune Station Tanner Dobbins USA Ryu Atobe Japan
Legs of Steel Aaron Jamieson Japan Dennis Ranalter Austria
Yuji Fujiyama Japan Kenneth Lei USA
22Designs Diana Rivera Spain Hiroto Miyazaki Japan
ATBShop Harry Calvert UK Natalie Ellis UK
Alexander Rouleau Canada Alexis Gervais-Chapleau Canada
Sahil India Kamil India
Agustin Villalba Argentina Jack Mack Australia
Yuya Okuno Japan Yuto Sugawara Japan
Eric Sales USA Kyle Delong USA
Steven Harris Australia Matthew Horne Australia
MnK Niseko Lucas Varty Canada Tom Bruce Germany
Greg Dart USA Riley Canada
Jesse Zorn USA Kai Ose Japan
Geraldine Australia Craig Australia
LADE Aaron Jamieson Japan Tatsumi Kono Japan
Good Snowboards, Norrona Japan, Flux Japan, Kashiwax, Co-op Dental Clinic, Niseko Grand Hirafu Stu Buckland UK Wakana Hama Japan
Pals Japan Tomek Ustupski Poland Henry Johnson NZ
Niseko Photography Tomek Ustupski Poland Miguel Porteous NZ
Niseko Photography Tomek Ustupski Poland Yuhei Yamada Japan
Niseko Photography Elsie Nielsen Australia Timothy Black Herbert NZ
Till Martens Germany Yuki Kawasaki Japan
Hokkaido Backcountry Club Harry Calvert UK Connor Hutchingson Canada
Nina Yu Australia Takanori Hioki Australia
Ha Van Hoanh Vietnam Vu Xuan Huong Vietnam
Arthur France Noe France
Juma Findlay Japan Shinnosuke Tanaka Japan
Niseko Photography Jack O’Grady Australia Max Power NZ
Dave Surf Spain Gorka Spain
Adrian Lamarca Spain Toni Rodriguez Spain
Tonishoots Jaume Pons Spain Toni Rodriguez Spain
Peter Morley Australia Jasper Australia
Yamaplus Jimi Oertli France Evan Wilcox USA
Yamaplus Toshi Pander Japan Jimi Oertli France
Bianca Peralta Argentina Simon Pervez Canada
Head, Niseko Photoraphy and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Hedvig Wessel Norway Darren Teasdale Japan
Head, Niseko Photoraphy and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Jordy Kidner Canada Darren Teasdale Japan
Jack Yan Malaysia Eduardo Porto Brazil
Head, Niseko Photography and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Emil Granbom Sweden Darren Teasdale Japan
Head, Niseko Photography and Guiding, Iwanai Resort Cole Richardson Canada Darren Teasdale Japan
Irene Cheng Taiwan Hanpo Zhang Taiwan
Roberto Hutchinson Philippines Michael Cavill NZ
Dallin Haws USA Garrett Haws USA
Hiroki Japan Ryoko Japan
Abby Crisostomo USA Hana USA
Asif An Mahmood Bangladesh Faraaz Sayeed India
Kamal India Guman India
Larissa Davies Australia Andrew McKendry Australia
Calvin Chow Australia Fiona Lim Malaysia
Sienna-Lily Priess Australia Werner Priess Australia
Edward Anderson UK Josh Clark Australia
Edward Anderson UK Ivan Diez Argentina
Courtney Wells Wales Zak McAlley-Burnside Wales
Alister Buckingham Australia James Winfield UK
Hokkaido Collective James Winfield UK Teddy Laycock Australia
Stefan Boers Netherlands Agustin Villalba Argentina
Nasuninjin Arts / Alister Buckingham Photography Alister Buckingham Australia Yoriko Okumura Japan
Alex Jeynes Scotland Oscar Hill Australia
Jack Woods Japan James Robbins Japan
Gregory Homann Australia Juliette Frattini Australia
Oyuki, Smith, Holiday Niseko Andre Pomp Czech Republic Olly Nicholls Japan
K2 Snowboarding Daisuke Watanabe Japan Piotr Drzastwa Poland


ProAM Judges’ Choice Winners: ¥120,000

Our 2022-23 judge panel includes: Taro Tamai, Tsutomu Nakata, Yoichi Watanabe, Neil Hartmann, Torah Bright, Eric Pollard and Matt Hampton and Winse Hayward. You can read all about the Judges on Niseko Shootout Instagram or Niseko Tourism Facebook

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 14th to 17th, 2023.

You can register your votes by go to the 2022-23 Niseko Shootout ProAM Voting Page, Live from January 14th, 2023 by 10:00. Voting ends at 23:59 on January 17th, 2023  – make sure you VOTE and help decide the winner!

Winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on January 20, 2023 at Rhythm Base.

More questions? Make sure to check out the detailed Q&A HERE or email [email protected]