Holy moly! Camera catches Christ the Redeemer being struck by lightning

Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning
(Image credit: Fernando Braga)

A one-in-a-million photograph of Christ the Redeemer has been captured on camera by a Brazilian photographer – and it is sweeping across the internet like wildfire.

Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the iconic statue – called Cristo Redentor in the native Portuguese – was struck by lightning at 18:55 local time on February 10, where it was captured on camera (some might say miraculously) by local Brazilian photographer Fernando Braga.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.