On April 29th and 30th, teams from the US, Japan, Italy, Russia and Vietnam met in Da Nang Vietnam to compete in the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition. The festival, which is self-described as the “Cannes” of firework festivals (a title you’d think would go to the official “International Cannes Fireworks Festival), is regarded as one of the major global competitions, drawing tens of thousands of domestic and international tourists to Da Nang each year. Just as a heads up, I was not one of them.

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to join in on the excitement thanks to photographers like Rob Whitworth, whose latest time-lapse captures the stunning enormity of the event. This, of course, isn’t Whitworth’s first foray into time-lapse photography. Last year, we shared another time-lapse by Whitworth called Kuala Lumpur Day-Night, which garnered some significant attention online. While his official video for the Da Nang International Firework Competition was just released this week, it’s already been featured by Petapixel and Gizmodo.

Take a minute to check out the video above. You can also view more of Whitworth’s work on his website. Oh, and in case you were interested, the US won this year’s competition.


About Rob Whitworth

Rob Whitworth specialises in viral time lapse videos and architectural photography. He gained his first-class honours degree in Photography from Norwich School of Art & Design, UK. Robert is currently based in Singapore and has extensive experience working in and around Asia. His work has been featured in publications including Gizmodo, the Washington Post, Petapixel, and on networks including BBC and CBS.

Thumbnail and Slider Photos credited to Rob Whitworth


JP Bervoets

JP Bervoets

JP has spent the last decade working in the not-for-profit sector and has called Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa home. He’s travelled to over 30 countries and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His interests include photography, cycling, playing guitar and working on Departful. JP co-founded the site in 2012.

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