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Team Australia Win Da Nang 2015

You may recall back in January we brought you news of one of the biggest fireworks competitions in the World – DIFC (Da Nang International Fireworks Competition) which pits the best of the best against one another. It is the only competition of its kind in Vietnam.

2015 saw competitors arriving in Vietnam from South Africa, Australia, the US, Poland and of course, local team Danang Fireworks from Vietnam.

This year was a fiercely fought battle in the skies over the beautiful Han River but yesterday, the overall winners were announced : TEAM AUSTRALIA WINS DIFC.

Howard & Sons are a professional firework company display team from Wallerawang in Australia. The company produce some of the best firework shows in the World and previous displays for MASSIVE events including Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Commonwealth Games and of course the massive celebrations for Australia Day. They not only display but actually make the vast majority of their own pyrotechnics as well.

Howard & Sons are 4th generation pyro-technicians and follow in the footsteps of Sydney Howard, great-grandfather to the current owners, who set up the business in 1922 and it has never looked back. In fact, in the early days the team were fortunate enough to fire the displays for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for the bi-centenary celebrations of Captain Cook landing in Australia and the opening of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Today, the team put on around 600 World Class shows annually but things did not always go to plan as Australia banned the sale of all fireworks at the end of the 70’s and the company, which had been wholly dependent on the retail and wholesale sale of fireworks changed into a display only team and that as they say is history.

Each year the organisers select a ‘theme’ and this year’s was ‘A Symphony of Colour’ indicative of the amount of colour filling the skies over Vietnam.

I have to say that having seen all the displays online, the Australian display was on another level altogether and even the US team, who can usually pull something a little unusual out of the hat, simply didn’t hold a candle. The finale they put on was absolutely without equal and they can hold their heads high as masters of the genre.

Second place was awarded to Poland, who for the most part put on a staggeringly beautiful display but I think a couple of miss timed pieces put them into a very worthy runner-up spot with some BIG ghost shells and some precisely timed sweeping effects and ‘daisy’ bursts.

Once again, our very warmest congratulations to the winners Howard & Sons.

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Danang International Fireworks Competition 2015 (DIFC)

WHAT: Danang International Fireworks Competition 2015
WHEN: 29th April 2015 – 3rd May 2015
WHERE: Danang, Vietnam
COST: Prices range from $7 (about £4.31) to $95 (about £58.52)

2015 marks the return of the Danang International Fireworks Competition for five nights of firework mayhem in the skies over the City of Da Nang in beautiful Vietnam. The setting is the bridge over the Han River and it has been the host of one of the biggest international Fireworks Competition in the event calendar.

The event was first held in 2008 and costs an incredible $1.7 million to put on the show for 5 nights between the 29th April and 3rd May in 2015.

This year, competitors will be able to fire from the specially created launch platform in the middle of the Han River and they will also have a bigger launch bed on the banks of the river.

Over the 5 nights, three of the nights will be the traditional fireworks displays and then 2 nights of aquatic/musical fireworks.

Billed as the Cannes of firework festivals, Da Nang has quite rightly gained the reputation of being amongst the best in regards to the talent on show over the whole festival. Offering state of the art technology and beautiful standard and of course aquatic pyrotechnics all choreographed to music during a 20 minute show. They will be judged on the effects, timing of the shots, any dark sky moments and of course choreography.

Vietnam declared independence from France year after end of the 2nd World War when Ho Chi Minh, Communist leader, took back control of the Country and renamed it The Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary and Pyrostar International of Australia have been given the opportunity of firing from sites on helicopters and the Dragon Bridge which spans the Han River. The Bridge is a truly beautiful and enchanting sight which was designed in the shape of a dragon which breathes fire nightly at 9pm.

We will of course bring you all the news of the competing team as soon as the information comes available.

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Amazing Time-Lapse of the DaNang International Fireworks Competition

The Epic Fireworks team have seen plenty of firework time-lapse videos over the years but this has to be the best by far.

The video above was produced by world-class photographer Robert Whitworth.

Robert was given the opportunity to show off his special talent at the DaNang International Fireworks Competition 2013 held in Vietnam.

On the second night of the competition Robert was given preferential access (commissioned by the event organisers, Global2000) to a newly built Novotel skyscraper right next to the launch site, that meant he was standing 100m horizontal away from the large exploding shells. Here’s a shaky iPhone video Robert took (I must stress that it’s a shaky iPhone footage and not pro footage) to give you a feel for the competition. I don’t think you could get any closer to the action without attaching yourself directly to the firework itself!

The time-lapse video was achieved by skilled camera movement and a combination of in camera and post-production techniques. Epic Fireworks had exclusive access to an interview with Robert and we had a few questions for him, check out what was said:

Were you at the event by ‘accident’ or was it for work?

It would be a stretch to call it work… but yes I was commissioned by Global 2000, the event organisers to time-lapse the competition. They have been running it for the last six years. They had come across my previous videos and decided to give me a shot at capturing it. They were great getting me access to pretty much any location I asked.

How many photographs were used to make the time-lapse video?

15091 Raw Images.

How long did it take you to produce the video from start to finish?

The images were shot over five pretty busy days that were blessed with amazing sunsets, not typical for central Vietnam.

The initial crunching of the images took around three 12-14 hour days. And finally, the assembly of the video was over a further five 12-14 hour days. So something like 180 hours all in… with some coffee breaks and the odd tin of Larue (local beer).

If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

Drink less Larue (local beer). The flight back to Singapore (home) wasn’t much fun first thing the morning after!

Below you can view some exclusive pictures that Robert used in his amazing time-lapse video – truly awesome work.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert for his time and wish him all the very best for the future. Keep up the great work Robert 🙂

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