Niseko Shootout 2020: Take a shot at glory

By 7th December 2019 Events, News, Photography

Entering its third year, Niseko Tourism’s official photography and film contest, The Niseko Shootout, has snowballed into one of the region’s fastest growing events.

The Niseko Shootout Instagram Contest kicks off when the resort opens and is a season-long photo competition.

Simply hashtag your pics #nisekoshootout to enter!

The Shootout has grown to incorporate two major events through the season:

The Niseko Shootout ProAm from January 9-12 – a photo contest in which athlete-photographer teams (professional and amateur alike) enter the best image they capture within a four-day window. Last winter the ProAm attracted some impressive talent, with internationally published photographers and a stellar cast of pro and Olympic skiers and riders including Torah Bright, Pep Fujas and Chris Benchetler.

The Niseko Shootout Short Film Fest, held on March 14, showcases the best Niseko-themed short films made within the previous 15 months. Held towards the end of winter, the Short Film Fest acts as the Shootout’s grand finale, and last year’s inaugural event packed out the Hanazono base lodge with more than 400 attendees.

This year’s competitions will no doubt be the biggest yet, so pick up your phone and follow @NisekoShootout on Instagram. Or visit for all the details on how to enter the comps, or simply enjoy the entries!


When: Friday 13th Dec
Where: Rhythm Base
Time: 8pm
Who: All Welcome + budding photographers & videographers

The search is on again for the season’s best and unique Niseko moments!

Rhythm Japan and Niseko Tourism are presenting the official information and movie night at 8pm on Friday the 13th of Dec at the new Rhythm Base store!

Plus, there will be free beer and the 18/19 winning movies on the big screen!

Competition details –
There are total 3 categories in the 2nd annual area-wide photography contest “Niseko Shootout”:
1. Ski
2. Snowboard
3. Landscape
The rules are simple. Post on Instagram and use hashtag #nisekoshootout on any of your shots in the Niseko area starting 1st Dec, 2019 until 1st March, 2020.

That’s it! You’ll be entered for a shot at one of the prizes from our sponsors listed below. Additionally, the team at Powderlife will pick a shot from #nisekoshootout to be published in the 2020-21 issue of Powderlife Magazine.

The amazing prizes including Icelantic Skis, Gentenstick Snowboard, Niseko United Liftpass, Roko Skis and special prize packs from Rhythm Japan, Yama Plus, Boots Solutions, just to name a few.

Follow @nisekoshootout to see your shots featured throughout the season and get an idea for what we’re looking for.


Snowboarding category

1st Place: Last Light by @janzy_ (28 points)
2nd Place: Hideki’s Line by @taikinaka (26 points)
3rd Place: Sunrise Missions by @flakinggoodtime (26 points)


1st Place: Japanuary by Adam Kroenert

Cast: Pep Fujas, Joss McAlpn, Tim McChesney, Jackson Wells, Maude Raymond, Toshiya Kasuga, Gen Sasaki & Jye Parkinson.

2nd Place: Shiro by Miquel Soler

Cast: Jordi Brusca, Laura Donet, Yuhiro Kondo, Gabriel Mojón, Jaume Pons, Charly Ranza y Pablo Sanchez.

3rd Place: Yabai by George Knowles

Cast: Nick Larson

Got to Niseko Tourism YouTube to view the films showcased at the event,  follow Niseko Shootout and stay tuned for details on this winter’s competition!

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