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(CNN Español) - Un gran revuelo causó en el mundo de la fotografía y las redes sociales el ganador inicial de un concurso organizado por la prestigiosa marca Nikon en Singapur.

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Al difundir en sus redes sociales la foto ganadora —el momento en que se ve un avión pasando en el cielo a través de una escalera— no fueron pocos los usuarios que se percataron de que la foto no solo estaba alterada, sino que era una modificación poco sofisticada: el avión —que, según el blog especializado PetaPixel, se trata de un ícono de Minecraft— fue agregado para que pareciera que el fotógrafo capturó un momento increíble.

Niko retiró de sus redes la polémica imagen, pero los usuarios en internet se encargaron de inmortalizarla con memes (ver al final de la nota).

El fotógrafo descubierto, Chay Yu Wei, publicó en su Instagram una imagen con el texto "Queridos compañeros fotógrafos — Lo siento" y escribió que intentó contactar a Nikon. Explicó que al principio se trató de un juego, que ni siquiera la editó en Photoshop sino en PicsArt y que cruzó "la línea" cuando la envió a la competencia, en broma.

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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Nikon dijo en su página en Facebook que leyó los comentarios de los usuarios, confirmó que de hecho las acusaciones eran ciertas y pidió perdón por su equivocación.

El 1 de febrero, Nikon confirmó que eliminó la imagen de todas las plataformas.

Además Chay Yu Weiya había publicado una imagen similar hace un año:

Por si fuera poco, el sitio Bokeh descubrió que la idea del avión sobre la escalera ni siquiera es de Cay Yu Wei, sino de Lee Yik Keat, quien a tomó hace más de un año.

The classic lookup #putaplaneonit @instagood #featuremeinstagood

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En cuanto se supo la controversia, los usuarios en redes publicaron sus propias versiones alteradas e hicieron del caso todo un meme con decenas de imágenes graciosas. Aunque muchas se perdieron cuando Nikon borró la publicación con la foto (y por tanto los comentarios), varias de ellas se viralizaron:

My GODZILLA otw hitting the 10k likes marker 😂 😂 #photoshop #trolleybag

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