Nikon Salon (ニコンサロン, Nikon saron) is the name given to exhibition spaces and activities run by Nikon in Japan.

A The Shinjuku Nikon Salon in Tokyo
The Shinjuku Nikon Salon in Tokyo

The Ginza Nikon Salon (in Ginza, Tokyo) opened in January 1968 (with an exhibition of work by Ihei Kimura)[1] to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nippon Kōgaku (later renamed Nikon). This was later augmented by the Shinjuku Nikon Salon (Shinjuku, Tokyo)[2] and the Osaka Nikon Salon (Umeda, Osaka).[3] Nikon Salon also holds a biannual international photography contest, gives free portfolio reviews and gives awards for the best exhibitions at the Nikon Salons: the Ina Nobuo Award, the Miki Jun Award[4] and two Miki Jun Inspiration Awards every December. All of the Nikon Salon's activities are open to photographers who could use any camera gear.


Miki Jun AwardEdit

Miki Jun Award is an annual award given by Nikon for the best photo show at the Nikon Salon by an artist under 35 years old. It was established in 1999 by the Selection Committee of the Nikon Salon and is named after the documentary photographer Miki Jun.[5] Nikon added 2 annual Miki Jun Inspiration Awards in 2003. These awards are given to the most creative and remarkable works exhibited during Nikon Salon Juna21's annual calendar. The prize consists of the "Infinity" trophy, by Asahiko Yamada; ¥300,000; and a Nikon D300s with zoom lens. Winners may also hold an exhibition of new work at the Nikon Salon in Ginza within two years of certification.[citation needed]

Miki Jun Inspiration AwardEdit

The Miki Jun Inspiration Award (三木淳賞奨励賞) is an award given by the Nikon Salon to photographers under the age of 35. Nikon named the award after the late Jun Miki, one of Japan's pioneers in photojournalism, who was the first Japanese photographer to publish in Life Magazine. The award is given based not just on a single photo but an entire exhibition, including the title, introduction, all of the photos, captions, sequencing, and printing. The prizes consists of a certificate, ¥100,000, and a Nikon D7000 with 18-200mm VRII zoom lens.[citation needed] These awards are given annually to the most creative and remarkable exhibitions through the Nikon Salon's Juna21 program.


  1. ^ Ayako Ishii and Kōtarō Iizawa, "Chronology", in Anne Wilkes Tucker, et al., The History of Japanese Photography (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003; ISBN 0-300-09925-8), p.328.
  2. ^ History and listing of current exhibitions, Tokyo Art Beat.
  3. ^ Osaka Nikon Salon, Nikon.
  4. ^ Philbert Ono's long list of "Japan's major photography awards", November 2005.
  5. ^ Miki Jun Award, Nikon. Accessed 2010-08-29.