Nikon Awards A Badly Photoshopped Photo, Internet Runs Wild

Published 8 years ago

Sometimes, you want to win really hard. So hard, you don’t even try to do it fairly… or competently. Chay Yu Wei was awarded by Nikon for a shot of a plane flying over a ladder. However, how people with cursory knowledge and Photoshop and/or large screens soon found out, that image was a fake – and not even a complicated one.

Soon, people were making their own Photoshop edits to make fun of the situation. One even asked the clueless author how long he waited for the plane, to which he answered “not too long! I was lucky!” Nikon later issued an apology, admitting their mistake.

More info: nikon (h/t: boredpanda)

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Chay Yu Wei was awarded by Nikon  for managing to “catch an airplane in mid-air”


As it turned out, “just by changing the levels you can immediately see it is photoshopped”


Image source: Shaun Ho

The photographer said he didn’t wait “too long” for the plane. “I was lucky,” he said


Image source: Melissa Yeo

But it was too late…


Image source: Render Brant

…and the force was strong


Image source: Naoki Tsukumo

“Totally NOT Photoshopped! I have the same lens!”


Image source: Eric Benson

“Can I haz one trolly Bag too?”


Image source: Tom Ignatius

Little did he expect to catch a Godzilla


Image source: Glenn Guan

Seems legit


Image source: Alf Chern

“Little did he expect to catch a bride in mid-air aisle”


Image source: Zhirong Fu

“007 chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk searching for a shaken and not stirred Martini”


Image source: Adrian Lam

“Little did I expect to see Van Damme doing an epic split up there”


Image source: SG Yu

“Little did he expect to catch a Xiao Zha Bor climbing down the ladder looking stunned. He fainted after the photo has taken”


Image source: Randy DeWitt Wei Ming

“Little did I expect anyhow to catch this flying thing in mid-air”


Image source: 吕籽践

“Little did I know I’d catch a New York City police officer fighting terrorists..”


Image source: Tim Erdmann

“Nikon, you should seriously consider a new campaign for the best photoshopped image from this thread. Winner gets a camera instead, at least we put in effort to make it goes viral online”


Image source: Thomas Lim

…and someone has even found Waldo


Image source: Vato915

After a while Nikon responded and admitted their mistake

“At Nikon, we believe that innovation and imagination are at the heart of every image. While innovation is driven by the technological advances in our devices and cameras, we see imagination as the ability to see greatness and use each and every tool at your disposal to make them real.

NikonCaptures is a casual photography contest that focuses not on the devices or props you use, but on the imagination and creativity that each photographer exudes while capturing and sharing their images. We have taken in every feedback received, and we sincerely apologise for the oversight on our part. We are now in the process of carefully revisiting the contest’s rules and regulations, for the benefit of all our current NikonCaptures members. We will update everyone of the contest rules once we have revisited all of them.

At the same time, we welcome the funny and witty entries being shared in response to our recently awarded image. It’s with joy that we acknowledge that the global photography and image community is alive and thriving. We thank you for the numerous spontaneous contributions and encourage everyone to keep the imagination alive.”

Martynas Klimas

Writes like a mad dervish, rolls to dodge responsibility, might have bitten the Moon once.

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