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Bushwalk, 2021

Matthew Abbott

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

During a five-day bushwalk across their traditional homelands in West Arnhem Land, Vernon Garnarradj and his daughter Vinnisha follow a fire lit by members of their clan. These cool burns move slowly, burning only the undergrowth and removing the build-up of fuel that feeds bigger blazes. Narwarddeken people do not see fire as bad or destructive, but as a way to rejuvenate the land and bring their country back to life.

Courtesy of the artist

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Other NPPP photos from Matthew Abbott

Heath 2015 by Matthew Abbott
2016 Finalist
Joel, Mitchell Queensland, 2014 by Matthew Abbott
2015 Finalist
Frog Hunter, Damien Wurrkidj, 2011 by Matthew Abbott
2012 Finalist
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