Wow so now they are coming out of the woods.... This to me sounds like cheating. Why anyone would cheat while doing a hobby is beyond me.I admire Mr Sim greatly and his achievements are undeniable and this information does not change that a bit.
I hope you realize that in those platforms, what you see is tailored to your world. You may not see the outrage depending on how the algorithm thinks of you.The subdued reactions and the overall silence in broader aquascaping platforms like FB and IG regarding the latest contest scandal does not help.
No, but it rules out bias in the final rankings, which are sometimes contentious.Anonymity should never be a problem for good respected judges
The only away around this is to suspend all these contests until they can be held in public/in person again.The only way to get around it is by asking for the raw files from the camera... Checking the metadata in the file it will reveal any kind of altering, all 3th party software will leaf footprints in the metadata.
The 100s who cheated and got away with it should thank you and thank photoshop. But then those people have a sense of design though. There is some skill involved. Maybe they should be hired by the instagram aquascapers who edit the hell our of their scapes and increase the saturation to 300%.I won’t bear a grudge and ‘he who casts the first stone’ and all that.
I only boost to 278%The 100s who cheated and got away with it should thank you and thank photoshop. But then those people have a sense of design though. There is some skill involved. Maybe they should be hired by the instagram aquascapers who edit the hell our of their scapes and increase the saturation to 300%.
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