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Astonishing Aussie photo not what you think

A first glance at this photo and you would easily believe it’s from one of Australia’s many previous ferocious bushfires.The photograph that looks to show huge orange flames engulfing trees in the bush, however, is actually of a nebula, NGC 3576, in space.Winner of the ‘Stars and Nebulae’ category, it was taken by Australian photographer…

A first glance at this photo and you would easily believe it’s from one of Australia’s many previous ferocious bushfires.

The photograph that looks to show huge orange flames engulfing trees in the bush, however, is actually of a nebula, NGC 3576, in space.

Winner of the ‘Stars and Nebulae’ category, it was taken by Australian photographer Peter Ward, and combines 32 images with the stars removed.

One of the competition judges Ed Robinson said “it is a reminder and testament to the horrors that the photographer references during the Australian bushfires. As photographers and artists it is often the personal experiences and moments in our individual lives that we translate into our depictions of what we see and then represent to our audiences through our works.”

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