Pep Fujas, Torah Bright and an all-star cast of pros and amateurs look set for a challenging start to the inaugural Niseko Shootout Japow ProAM.

As the five-day contest window opens today, the powder forecast has dried up for one of the first times this season.

The Japow ProAM is one of three categories under the 2019 Niseko Shootout photo and film competition banner.

A total of 18 professional and amateur athlete-photographer teams will take to the mountains in and around Niseko between today and January 14 with the aim of capturing the best photo of the period, with ¥200,000 (US$2000) up for grabs.

Creativity, local knowledge key

Contest organiser Winstead Heyward said with very little powder expected during the contest window, skiers, riders and photographers would have to get creative in order to nail the winning shot.

“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.

“While there may not be many fresh tracks to be found in-resort, there is endless backcountry and lots of different terrain in and around Niseko that competitors will be able to work with to get amazing powder shots.

“And there are plenty of ways to access it too – snow cat, snowmobile, heli or just old-fashioned hiking.”

Pro Teams

TEAM SPONSORATHLETEPHOTOGRAPHER
Caldera GuidesJulian CarrEric Sales
The Niseko CompanyJesse ParkinsonShane Peel
The Niseko CompanyJye ParkinsonShane Peel
Aaron JamiesonRobin van gynAaron Jamieson
Aaron JamiesonAimee FullerAaron Jamieson
PowderlifeLena StoffelAaron Jamieson
PowderlifeTorah BrightAaron Jamieson
Oyuki JapanPep FujasDarren Teasdale
Rhythm JapanTim McchesneyDarren Teasdale

Amateur Teams

TEAM SPONSORATHLETEPHOTOGRAPHER
Hokkaido CoreJonas EibensteinGeorge Treble
HanazonoEvan WilcoxDaniel Honda
Yama PlusToshi PanderJimi Oertli
NisadeJames WisniewskiAlex Bradbury
IndependentJames WinfieldTeddy Laycock
Niseko BlackJuan BertholdToni Rodriguez
Niseko BlackAron HayesCasey Purdie
Dragon AllianceSam NelsonSam Ingles
IndependentSaki HayashiNolan Yoshiaki Isozaki
Yama PlusCody ScheffelmaierBrendan Lugg
Hokkaido Core Snow SportsCameron BellBosh Bowyer-knight
IndependentReilly McGlashanWinse Heyward
IndependentDiana KingWinse Heyward

Conditions

Some rare January sunshine is forecast which should open up some picturesque Hokkaido backdrops and add some colour to what might otherwise have been an all-white scenario.

“Temperatures are forecast to stay cold throughout the period so the powder should stay in good condition,” Heyward said.

“If teams use their local knowledge, they should be able to find some terrain with good snow and nice features to add to their photos. We’re excited to see what they capture and enter.”

Voting & judging

The public judging will take place over another five days between January 17 and 21 – voting is by liking photos that will be uploaded into the Japow ProAM photo album on Niseko Tourism’s Facebook page.

Voting closes 9pm JST on January 21.

Winners will be announced on January 22. Stay tuned and get ready to vote!

Go to www.nisekotourism.com/shootout for more info on the Niseko Shootout Japow ProAM, photo comp, and Short Film Fest.

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