Popular Instagrammer caught using photos from image libraries - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Popular Instagrammer caught using photos from image libraries

By Trevor Mogg


Content Provided by  

Successful Instagrammers don’t win followers by accident. Unless they’re already famous in some other arena, their success on the platform usually comes from snapping consistently striking shots.

Take Singapore-based Daryl Aiden Yow. His images have been wowing fans and brands Sony and Uniqlo are among a number that have worked with him earning him more than 104,000 followers. But just recently, news site Mothership spotted something a little odd about a number of his posted pictures.

After some careful research, the site realized that some of Yow’s photos were, in fact, from image libraries like Shutterstock. But Yow had put nothing in the photos’ captions to suggest they weren’t actually his images.

Mothership confronted Yow with more than 10 examples of shots on his Instagram account that appeared to have been bought from image libraries, and he admitted it was true. While some had been slightly altered in terms of color and contrast, others had been photoshopped to include Yow in the shot.

Well and truly humbled, he removed all of his photos from his account over the weekend and replaced them with a single black image and a long apology.

“The outrage regarding how I have conducted myself is justified and I accept full responsibility for my actions and all consequences that arise from those actions,” Yow wrote.

He said he was “wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own. I was also wrong to have used false captions that misled my followers and those who viewed my images.”

Yow added that having promoted himself as a photographer, he had “fallen far short” of what was expected of him and “disappointed those who believed or wanted to believe in me. For all of that, I apologise.”

He even appeared to suggest that a number of friends had earlier pulled him up on his actions “whenever they felt that something was not right about my images,” but he said he ignored their advice to change his behavior.

As noted by the BBC, Sonyhad promoted Yow’s work on its Singapore websiteas part of a marketing campaign for one of its mirrorless cameras, and described him as a #SonyCreativeAlly.

Yow’s follower count has dropped by about 3,000 in the last few days, and it’s not clear if he plans to start posting images again.

Of course, it’s not the first time a photographer has been exposed for using fake images that claim to be otherwise. Take this effort that won a Nikon contest before the Japanese company had a chance to realize it was a composite. Another competition-winning image one of an anteater next to a termite mound also ended up being disqualified, though the photographer has always insisted it’s genuine. See what you think.


  helps readers keep tabs on the fast-paced world of tech with all the latest news, fun product reviews, insightful editorials, and one-of-a-kind sneak peeks.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Toledo launches new initiative to educate male caregivers

    Toledo launches new initiative to educate male caregivers

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:34 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:34:16 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    Monday marked the launch of a new initiative in Toledo, aimed to educate male caregivers.

    More >>

    Monday marked the launch of a new initiative in Toledo, aimed to educate male caregivers.

    More >>
  • St. Jude Dream Home open house tours start Saturday

    St. Jude Dream Home open house tours start Saturday

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:04 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:04:48 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    Open House weekend tours of the St. Jude Dream Home in Waterville start on Saturday, and all who visit have a chance to win a furniture shopping spree! Those who visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Open House can register for a $10,000 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries shopping spree, no ticket purchase required. The tickets to win the Dream Home are sold out. The Open House weekends runs from Saturday to Aug. 12. The Dream Home will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to ...

    More >>

    Open House weekend tours of the St. Jude Dream Home in Waterville start on Saturday, and all who visit have a chance to win a furniture shopping spree! Those who visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Open House can register for a $10,000 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries shopping spree, no ticket purchase required. The tickets to win the Dream Home are sold out. The Open House weekends runs from Saturday to Aug. 12. The Dream Home will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to ...

    More >>
  • BBB warns against buying prescription drugs online

    BBB warns against buying prescription drugs online

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:53 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:53:18 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    The Better Business Bureau has a warning about buying prescription drugs online.

    More >>

    The Better Business Bureau has a warning about buying prescription drugs online.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly