Time-Lapse of One of the World’s Largest Fireworks Competitions

Photographer Rob Whitworth has created a number of beautiful time-lapse videos that have received huge numbers of views online. This past April, Whitworth had the opportunity to take his skills to the city of Da Nang, Vietnam to document the Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013, one of the world’s “biggest and best” firework contests.

The video above documents the two nights on which the competition was held, and it also includes some glimpses of the day in between. There were 3 firework displays on the first night and 2 displays on the second. Leading firework makers from around the world — or more specifically, the US, Russian, Japan, Italy, and Vietnam — showed off their latest and greatest fireworks in the skies above the Han River.

On the third night of the competition, the winning team is awarded the DIFC Trophy. This year it was the team from the United States that took home the prize.

Here is a selection of the long-exposure photographs captured by Whitworth (these are the images that went into making the time-lapse video seen above):






You can find more of Whitworth’s photography and time-lapse work over on his website.

  • Mansgame

    wow how does he do the zooming in and out so smoothly?? Do they have rigs for that too?

  • MJSfoto1956

    if he is shooting Nikon D800 he can pan & zoom in post process without moving the camera at all. Takes some serious horsepower though.

  • Alan Sailer

    It’s a very well done time lapse video. Full of color and action.

    However, I am not sure which planet is was photographed on.

    I admit that I am somewhat curious where the saturation and HDR arms race will end up. I guess at some point we will have actual RGB lasers that will shoot color into our retinas.


  • Mansgame

    Wow thank you! I saw the option in Sony Vegas. I guess since still images have so much more resolution that video, this can be done with even a 10-12 MP camera to a lesser extent and definitely with a 24-36 MP camera though as you said, you better have a machine with some muscle and memory.

  • Steve Wilson

    I live in Da Nang and this is a wonderful event each year. But this is the best photography of it that I’ve seen to date. Great work Rob… and thanks for sharing!

  • agour

    he’s doing it all in post, probably in after effects ;)

  • Adam Cross

    all done in post (using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier or other software) by cropping the image and then have it either zoom into the cropped area or zoom out from the cropped area