An image for Huawei’s PR department at an “opsy” moment was pictured as part of a promo video of the Huawei Mobile Photography Contest held on Weibo. The video was meant to show beautiful photos taken on Huawei photos, but Weibo user Jamie-Hua was the second-place winner in a similar 2018 iPhone competition, paying close and actually recognizing and tracking one of the shots in the video Managed to do.
The image in question is actually available at 500px and was created by photographer Su Tie. And, as the 500px page and EXIF clearly published list, the Nikon D850 was used instead of the Huawei smartphone. Jamie-Hua also listed a few other suspicious shots, though not able to prove where he was sourced.
Huawei has officially apologized, stating that the photos were incorrectly marked and explaining it all with an oversight by the editor. The company also edited a video of the promotional contest to not include problematic shots.
We certainly understand that mistakes can happen, especially when dealing with user-submitted content, but this is not the first time for Huawei. Of course, the details and details have always been slightly different, but Chinese giants are not in the habit of accidentally passing-off, DSLR shots as if taken from their phones. All kinds of cases were the same when the Huawei P9 was promoted. More recently, Huawei nova 3 was involved in an equally DSLR-related promotional mix. And, of course, the now infamous P30 Zoom Fisco. In those previous cases, it was not explicitly stated that any shots were produced by phone, but the implications were fairly clear.
Seeing how this has happened repeatedly in the past, one would think that some additional internal company precautions and procedures would be in order. And if we consider the principle of inverted objectives, we can’t really say that we’re not confused in any way, because Huawei phones usually have excellent photography skills that can already stand out .
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