An Incredibly Bad Photoshop Just Won A Nikon Photography Contest

In plane sight.

"Must've been an alright Photoshop, though," you're thinking, after reading that headline.

"Must've not been visible to the untrained eye," you're telling yourself and anyone who will listen to your frantic screaming.  

WELL YOU'D BE WRONG. Nikon has been left mighty embarassed after they announced THIS was the winner of a photography competition: 

Nikon Facebook

The "photograph" made by Chay Yu Wei, won Nikon's Facebook competition, the prize of which was a trolley bag (presumably a camera trolley bag, but y'know, maybe they really care about efficient grocery shopping). 

He claimed to have taken the shot of a low-flying plane over Singapore as he was climbing a ladder.

Nikon Facebook

But pretty much everyone with eyes noticed the pic wasn't real, mainly because, hello, GIANT WHITE BOX AROUND THE WHOLE BLOODY PLANE. 

So the internet did what the internet does best and offered up their own parodies. 

Nikon Facebook

The photographer has since released the most heart-wrenching apology ever via Instagram, so it's safe to say we totally forgive him. And idolise him. Forever more. 


Hello everyone, This goes out to everyone who has seen my Chinatown plane post. I'm sorry! This is going to be quite a read so that's the first thing I would like you to read if you don't have time to read below; I would like to apologize for the mistake I have done. I've been quiet so far because I've been trying to contact Nikon and have been waiting for them to contact me back to discuss about this. I understand that what I would say might affect Nikon's brand hence I decided to wait for their advice. However, since more than 24 hours have passed and I have not managed to have discussions with Nikon, I think I shouldn't wait and it's important for me to come out to address this issue. Like one user commented, I was on a photo walk in Chinatown and I chanced upon that set of ladders. I snapped a picture of it, and subsequently felt that a plane at that spot would make for an interesting point of view. Hence, I inserted the plane with PicsArt and uploaded it to Instagram. That's how I use Instagram, sometime it's to showcase the work I'm proud of, sometimes just to have fun. This case, that small plane was just for fun and it was not meant to bluff anyone. I would have done it with photoshop if I really meant to lie about it, but no, it was a playful edit using the PicsArt app and uploaded to Instagram. When my friends commented with some questions, I also answered it jokingly, saying it's the last flight of the day and saying it was my lucky day that I did not wait too long. At that time, of course everyone who read it took it as a joke, before this issue arrived and it is taken seriously. However, I made a mistake by not keeping it to Instagram as a casual social media platform. I crossed the line by submitting the photo for a competition. I meant it as a joke and I'm really sorry to Nikon for disrespecting the competition. It is a mistake and I shouldn't have done that. I also shouldn't have jokingly answered Nikon that I caught the plane in mid-air and should have just clarified that the plane was edited in using PicsArt. This is my fault and I sincerely apologise to Nikon, to all Nikon Photographers, and to the photography community as general.

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