Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 Judges

Mikiko Kikuta


The Nikon Photo Contest is one-of-a-kind—not only because of its history and scale, but also because anyone can enter. If you have a strong urge to express something or convey something to others, you can enter the contest. Having witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine, many people are now realizing that we are standing at a crossroads of our time. Tell the story that only you can tell. Bring it to life through photos and videos.


Based in Tokyo, Mikiko Kikuta is an independent curator.
After working in commercial production, she moved to Italy to study photography history and Italian art history at the University of Bologna. She has since planned and managed photo exhibitions and contemporary art exhibitions in Japan and Europe. Currently, she is the director of the “European Eyes on Japan” photography project, as well as the director Shiogama Photo Festival (Miyagi, Japan), and the curator of Kanzan gallery (Tokyo) and Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival (Niigata).

* Comments from the judges are from their own views and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the organizer.