This year's four-day ProAM and the following week of judging generated thousands of social media "likes" and hundreds of "shares", and many more impressions around the world.
In this difficult time for the Niseko community and the world, this event drew much attention to Niseko and the fantastic snow we're having here in an incredibly positive and uplifting way. It gave everyone involved here and abroad much to smile about.
Thank you to all the 10 judges who mostly took part remotely from around the world – Alex Yoder, Aline Bock, Eric Pollard, Lena Stoffel, Mattias Fredriksson, Neil Hartman, Taro Tamai, Torah Bright, Tsutomu Nakata and Yoichi Watanabe.
Good vibes brought to you by Pyram Organics & Plants.
A new mixtape for a new season!
It may be too late to call it "a new season" since we are already buried in snow (crazy amount of snow this year!) but here is something to enjoy for those who rather stay inside the house and watch snow-falling and wood fire burning with a cup of coffee (well, that's exactly me).
As usual, come grab free CDs by shopping more than ¥1,000 at Pyram Organics & Plants or check out link HERE.
The same option is valid through online shopping as well. Just write a note saying, "I want that CD!" and they will include it in the shipping box.
1. Suzanne Kraft - Flatiron
2. Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger - You Make Me Feel Brand New
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 35 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!”