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The internet has been hit by the whole Nikon Awards Prize Saga ever since a photographer, Chay Yu Wei, was claimed to have "captured a perfect shot of an airplane framed by a ladder in Chinatown", submitted a photo to Nikon, and won the competition. The problem was, the airplane wasn't real.



It became a huge hoo-ha online as people started mocking the photo, insulting Nikon for their poor judgement of photos, and creating tons of amusing imitations, GIFs, and spreading it all over social media. As much as my boyfriend found it hilarious (it was pretty annoying because he kept showing these to me lol), I couldn't care less initially.


That was when I posted a photo up on Instagram taken by Lionel, one of the two friendly photographers I met over Instagram for a shoot at Queenstown. I was inspired by the photos from the pool of photographers similar to them, being able to capture the different parts of Singapore with such keen eye. I started to explore the hashtag #GuideMeToYourHood, a hashtag created for photographers to share a gallery of their photos taken in Singapore. It's actually pretty interesting!


From the hashtag, I discovered a similar photo taken at the exact spot, also by a friend of photographer Yu Wei's (as seen exchanging a conversation in the comments), except with a different plane in the sky. It got me curious, and I went on scrolling through my explore feed. What followed afterwards was really a shocking collage of photos on Instagram, all involving a certain airplane.

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Sample image of the airplane:


It got me a little furious how (not all, but) some photographers have been using the exact same/similar aircraft images to beautify their photos. Except that those weren't as badly edited in as compared to the winning photo of the Nikon Photo Contest, the sample image above shows that the same image has been used. Although I don't mean to shame the photographers as I believe most or all of them share the same, strong passion in photography, I do admit I was a little disappointed that they didn't previously address the comments from followers who believed that these pictures were true to what they seem.

That was when someone finally spoke up after the Nikon saga.


Although it came a tad late and should probably have been addressed earlier, it was a relief knowing one of the photographers finally stood up to speak truth to his followers. Picsart, the app used to edit this series of photos, was probably the reason for the "badly photoshopped" aircraft image that won the Nikon Photo Contest.


And there you have it — the reason behind the fake airplane, or should I say #MYTOYPLANE, that has been making it huge on the internet. Then again, as much as photographer Yu Wei should have abided by the rules of the contest and Nikon should have had taken extra care to determine the winner, it's probably time to stop the criticism on their social media platforms. With regards to the photos posted by other photographers, my personal take is that editing a little is fine for refinement, but maybe it would be a more honest option to state it out to your followers beforehand for greater transparency. :)


Love, 
Chelsea x