There is not much room for error whenever you are an enormous company like Nikon with more than 10 million Facebook followers. Still, errors happen, in the end behind every mega-corporation is really a bunch of humans as if and I. But in case you can't trust Nikon to pinpoint quality photos, whom is it possible trust?
Nikon's latest mistake pertains to giving an award over to a photoshopped image, and in order to make matters worse it is a badly photoshopped image. The corporate designed a public statement on social media that they are awarding photographer Chay Yu Wei a prize for having the ability to "catch an airplane in mid-air."
Seems, Chay Yu Wei never captured any airplane in mid-air, instead he captured it in Photoshop. The Internet was quick to respond, flabbergasted that Nikon allowed a photograph so poorly photoshopped to slip with the cracks and become considered a champion.
The initial post acknowledging Yu Wei's wining photo:
Simply checking "curves" or "levels" in Photoshop prove the image is really a fake. Heck, all that you need to do is blow the image up on a big monitor and you may see for only yourself it is not real.
The photographer behind the scandal was greater than happy to reach together with the fame. Actually, when asked how long it took him to capture the shot he replied: "Not too long ! I‘d been lucky! Thanks such a lot!"
The Internet has since experienced a blast poking fun in the badly photoshopped image….
"Little did I expect to discover Van Damme doing an epic split up there."
"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."Source